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Press Release – Centenary Celebrations

Press Release


August 2019 marks the Centenary of the Solemn Dedication of St Colman’s Cathedral, Cobh, County Cork, the Cathedral Church of the Diocese of Cloyne.

To mark the occasion, Bishop William Crean will be presiding at a special Diocesan Mass taking place at the Cathedral at 3.00 pm on Sunday August 25th. Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo, Apostolic Nuncio will be in attendance at the Mass, with bishops from the neighbouring dioceses in Munster, as well as clergy and parishioners from the 46 parishes of the Diocese of Cloyne in County Cork. The Mass will feature music and hymns specially composed for the Centenary by noted Irish composer Bernard Sexton.

St Colman’s Cathedral was built over a 47-year period from the laying of the foundation stone in 1868 to its completion in 1915, at the cost of €235,000. It is a neo-Gothic Pugin Cathedral. It was designed by architects E W Pugin, and G E Ashlin who later partnered with T A Coleman for the completion of the Cathedral. The consecration took place on August 12th 1919. Solemn commemoration ceremonies took place on August 24th 1919 presided over by then Cardinal Logue.

St. Colman’s Cathedral boasts a Carillon of 49 bells, the largest carillon in Ireland & Britain in terms of the number of bells. This was installed in 1916 and weekly recitals from this magnificent Carillon can be heard from all over the town. The Cathedral also houses a Telford & Telford Pipe Organ, often described as a ‘national treasure’. This pipe organ has undergone a major restoration project over the past three years in Padua, Italy and has been returned just in time for the Centenary celebrations. The whole Cathedral has recently completed a major interior cleaning project of all its stone work, carvings, mosaics etc. making it even more magnificent! All the work of restoration was made possible by the generosity of the people of the Diocese to whom we are deeply indebted. This is therefore an event for the whole Diocese to celebrate.
St. Colman’s Cathedral looks forward to warmly welcoming visitors old and new through its doors during this very special centenary year for masses, events or even Cathedral tours.