Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Tuam

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For the Church of Ireland Cathedral, see St Mary's Cathedral, Tuam.
Tuam Cathedral
The Cathedral Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
53°30′54″N 08°50′54″W / 53.51500°N 8.84833°W / 53.51500; -8.84833Coordinates: 53°30′54″N 08°50′54″W / 53.51500°N 8.84833°W / 53.51500; -8.84833
Location Bishop Street, Tuam
Country Republic of Ireland
Denomination Roman Catholic
Website Tuam Parish
History
Former name(s) St. Jarlath's Cathedral
Founded 30 April 1827[1]
Founder(s) Archbishop Oliver O'Kelly
Dedicated 18 August 1837[2]
Architecture
Architect(s) Dominic Madden
Style Decorated Gothic
Construction cost £14,204 0s 5d
Specifications
Capacity 1,100 seated
Height 43 metres
Tower height 43 metres
Materials Limestone
Administration
Diocese Archdiocese of Tuam
Clergy
Archbishop Most Rev. Michael Neary DD LSS

The Cathedral Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Tuam, commonly called Tuam Cathedral, is the cathedral for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Tuam in Ireland. The geographic remit of the Archdiocese includes half of County Galway, half of County Mayo and part of County Roscommon. Prior to the English Reformation, the diocesan cathedral was St Mary's, which was constructed in the 14th century, on the site of an earlier building. Upon the appointment of William Mullaly by Queen Elizabeth I of England as Archbishop of Tuam for the Established church, the Roman Catholic clergy were dispossessed of the cathedral. Almost three centuries were to elapse before a relaxation of the Penal Laws permitted the building of a replacement - the current edifice.

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  • Jeremy Williams A Companion Guide to Architecture in Ireland 1837-1921, Irish Academic Press 1994
  • Peter Galloway The Cathedrals of Ireland, The Institute of Irish Studies, The Queen's University of Belfast, 1992

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