Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Tuam

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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
LocationBishop Street, Tuam
CountryRepublic of Ireland
DenominationRoman Catholic
WebsiteTuam Parish
Former name(s)St. Jarlath's Cathedral
Founded30 April 1827[1]
Founder(s)Archbishop Oliver O'Kelly
Dedicated18 August 1837[1]
Architect(s)Dominic Madden
StyleDecorated Gothic
Construction cost£14,204 0s 5d
Capacity1,100 seated
Height43 metres
Tower height43 metres
DioceseArchdiocese of Tuam
ArchbishopHis Grace The Most Rev. Dr Michael Neary, D.D., L.S.S.

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.




  • 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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  1. ^ a b Official website Archived January 30, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.

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