Cathedral of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St Nathy, Ballaghaderreen

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Ballaghaderreen Cathedral
Cathedral of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St Nathy
Coordinates: 54°06′46″N 9°09′02″W / 54.1127°N 9.15058°W / 54.1127; -9.15058
Location Ballaghaderreen, County Roscommon
Country Ireland
Denomination Roman Catholic
Consecrated 1860
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 1855
Completed 1860
Length 45.72 metres
Width 17.9 metres
Height 20.4 metres
Tower height 59.6 metres
Archdiocese Tuam
Diocese Achonry
Province Tuam

Ballaghaderreen Cathedral (Full title: The Cathedral Church of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Nathy) is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Achonry. Located in Ballaghaderreen, County Roscommon in Ireland,[1] the cathedral was commissioned in 1855.

The cathedral, built by Cardinal Patrick Durcan, was built in the Gothic style from 1855 and was completed in 1860, the year that his consecration is also produced. The project was commissioned to study English Weightman and Matthew Ellison Hadfield using as models the English and French medieval churches.

The bell tower of 59.6 meters with a needle and a carillon of bells, was added in 1912 by the project architect, William H. Byrne Irish. Because of its height, the body of the church in gray limestone seems small, but is 45.72 metres (150 feet) long, 17.9 metres (59 feet) wide and 20.4 metres (67 feet) high.

The interior has a single nave. South of the west door is the baptismal font dating from around 1870.



  • Peter Galloway, The Cathedrals of Ireland, The Institute of Irish Studies, The Queen's University of Belfast, 1992