St Colman's Cathedral, Cobh

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St Colman's Cathedral
St.-Colman-Kathedrale Cobh-2.jpg
Cathedral of St Colman
Basic information
Location Cobh, Ireland
Geographic coordinates 51°51′05″N 8°17′37″W / 51.8515°N 8.2936°W / 51.8515; -8.2936Coordinates: 51°51′05″N 8°17′37″W / 51.8515°N 8.2936°W / 51.8515; -8.2936
Affiliation Roman Catholic
Year consecrated 12 August 1919
Ecclesiastical or organizational status Cathedral
Architectural description
Groundbreaking 30 September 1868
Cathedral of St.Colman
The aisle leading up to the altar in the cathedral
Cobh Cathedral towering above the town centre
St. Joseph statue at the west door

The Cathedral Church of St Colman, usually known as Cobh Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Cobh, Ireland. It is the cathedral church of the Diocese of Cloyne. It overlooks Cork harbour from a prominent position. Construction began in 1867 and was not completed until over half a century later due to increases in costs and revisions of the original plans.


The architects were Edward Welby Pugin and George Ashlin; construction began in 1867.[1] When Pugin died in 1875, Ashlin took on the services of a Dublin architect, Thomas Aloysius Coleman, to assist him in the completion of the project. The clerk of works was Charles Guilfoyle Doran, who supervised the project until his death in 1909, when the cathedral was almost complete.[2] The cathedral was finally consecrated in 1915.


The cathedral contains the only church carillon in the Republic of Ireland, which with 49 bells is one of the largest carillons in the British Isles. An automated system strikes the hour and 15 minute intervals while it also rings the bells in appropriate form for Masses, funerals, weddings and events. The carillon is also played on special occasions and generally every Sunday afternoon by its current carillonneur Adrian Gebruers.


  • Patrick Thompson, Guide to St. Colman's Cathedral, Cobh, revised edition,Carraig Print,Cork.
  • Jeremy Williams, A Companion Guide to Architecture in Ireland 1837-1921, Irish Academic Press' 1994.
  • Paul Atterbury and Clive Wainwright, Pugin, Yale University Press 1994.
  • Paul Atterbury, A.W.N. Pugin: A Master of Gothic Revival, Yale University Press 1995
  • Bernard J. Canning, Bishops of Ireland 1870-1987, Donegal Democrat, 1987


  1. ^ "The Friends of St. Colman's Cathedral". February 1, 2012. Retrieved February 4, 2012. 
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