Cavan Cathedral

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Cavan Cathedral
Cathedral of Saint Patrick and Saint Felim
53°59′54″N 7°21′40″W / 53.9984614°N 7.3610115°W / 53.9984614; -7.3610115Coordinates: 53°59′54″N 7°21′40″W / 53.9984614°N 7.3610115°W / 53.9984614; -7.3610115
Location Cavan, County Cavan
Country Ireland
Denomination Roman Catholic
Consecrated 1947
Status In Use
Style Neoclassical
Groundbreaking 1938
Completed 1942
Construction cost £209,000
Archdiocese Armagh
Diocese Kilmore
Bishop(s) Philip Leo O'Reilly

The Cathedral of Saint Patrick and Saint Felim, also known as Cavan Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic cathedral located in Cavan, Ireland. It is the seat of the Bishop of Kilmore, and the mother church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kilmore.


In 1152 the Diocese of Kilmore was formally established by Cardinal Giovanni Paparoni at the synod of Kells. In 1454 Pope Nicholas V gave permission for the ancient church at Kilmore (founded in the sixth century by Saint Felim) to be the cathedral church of Kilmore diocese. It was rebuilt and became to be known in Irish as An Chill Mhór (meaning Great Church) and anglicised as Kilmore, which gave its name to the diocese, a name which has remained ever since. During the Reformation in Ireland, the diocese lost the cathedral and all other temporalities. The old cathedral is now the used by the Church of Ireland as Kilmore Cathedral.

For almost 300 years the Roman Catholic diocese did not have a cathedral. In 1862 Cavan parish church was extended and it became the new cathedral of the diocese under Bishop James Browne. In 1938 construction of the present cathedral began, and was completed in 1942 under Bishop Patrick Lyons. W.H. Byrne & Son were the architects of the new cathedral, and the contractor was John Sisk & Son. The total build cost of the cathedral was £209,000.

The cathedral opened and dedicated to Saint Patrick and Saint Felim in 1942. The cathedral was consecrated in 1947. Six stained glass windows from the studios of Harry Clarke and were added to the cathedral in 1994.

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