Killaloe Cathedral

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Killaloe Cathedral
St Flannan's Cathedral, Killaloe
St. Flannan's Cathedral
Location Killaloe, County Clare
Country Ireland
Denomination Church of Ireland
Weekly attendance Average of 25–30
Website Official website
Dedication Saint Flannan
Functional status In use
Heritage designation National Monument
Completed 1225
Capacity 400
Diocese United Diocese of Limerick and Killaloe
Province Province of Dublin
Bishop(s) The Right Reverend Kenneth Kearon
Dean The Very Reverend Gary Paulsen
Curate(s) The Reverend L. Green
Archdeacon The Venerable R. W. Carney
Organist/Director of music Trevor Selby

The Cathedral Church of St. Flannan, Killaloe is a cathedral of the Church of Ireland in Killaloe, County Clare in Ireland. It is in the ecclesiastical province of Dublin.

Previously the cathedral of the Diocese of Killaloe, it is now one of three cathedrals in the United Dioceses of Limerick and Killaloe. The Dean of the Cathedral is the Very Reverend Gary Paulsen who is also Dean of Killaloe, Dean of Kilfenora and both Dean and Provost of Kilmacduagh


Killaloe Cathedral dates from the transition between the Romanesque and Gothic periods.[when?] The font is decorated with arabesque ornaments. On the north side of the cathedral is a small oratory or chapel of a date far prior to the cathedral; and probably the original sanctuary of the holy man who founded the abbey. Its roof is very deep, and made entirely of stone; it has a belfry, and two doorways to the east and west.[1]

Recent restoration[edit]

A £200,000 restoration project involving the repair of a Romanesque doorway and the reconstruction of a 12th-century high cross, was completed in 2001. The Kilfenora Cross, embedded in the walls of the Gothic cathedral in the 1930s, is once again free-standing. The imposing 12-ft monument is now in the nave of the building.[2]



See also[edit]


  1. ^ Journal of a Tour in Ireland, A.D. 1806 by Richard Colt Hoare
  2. ^ Restoration project for St Flannan's Cathedral

Coordinates: 52°48′23″N 8°26′21″W / 52.8065°N 8.43925°W / 52.8065; -8.43925