St. Macartan's Cathedral

Dublin Road, Monaghan, Co. Monaghan

St. Macartan's Cathedral
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About St. Macartan's Cathedral

St. Macartan's Cathedral is located at Dublin Road in Monaghan, Co. Monaghan.

St Macartan's Cathedral is easily the most imposing building in Monaghan.

The decision to build a cathedral was first made in 1858 by Bishop McNally and the site was bought for £800. The Archbishop of Cashel officiated at the laying of the foundation stone on 18th June 1861.

Designed by the architect JJ McCarthy in the late 14th century style, its majestic tower rises to a height of 250ft. A superb statue of St Macartan stands at the front of the main entrance and high up on the gable is a magnificent Catherine Wheel window.

McCarthy died before the building was completed and was succeeded by William Hague. The entire work was finished some 30 years after its commencement and the Cathedral was dedicated on 21st August 1892. On the south-facing gable are seven statues, including two Clogher saints, Tiernach and Dympna, and the two bishops involved in the cathedral's construction - McNally and Donnelly.


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