St Macartan's Cathedral, Monaghan

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St. Macartan's Cathedral
General information
Architectural style Decorated Gothic of the 14th Century
Town or city Monaghan, County Monaghan
Country Ireland
Construction started 1862
Completed 1893
Cost ?
Client Roman Catholic Diocese of Clogher
Technical details
Structural system Limestone masonry
Design and construction
Architect James Joseph McCarthy (1817 - 1882), and William Hague Jr. (1840–1899)
Engineer ?

St Macartan's cathedral is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Clogher in Ireland. It is located in the townland of Latlurcan, Monaghan town in the ecclesiastical parish of Monaghan and Rackwallace. It was built between the years of 1861 and 1893 and is the only Catholic cathedral in the county.[1][2]


The cathedra of the Bishop of Clogher was removed to Monaghan town in the mid-19th century. The plan for the cathedral was proposed in 1858 by Bishop Charles MacNally. The site was purchased in 1861. Architect James Joseph McCarthy (1817–1882) designed the cathedral in a 14th-century Gothic architectural style was begun in 1862. Most limestone was quarried locally. Architect William Hague Jr. (1840–1899) from Cavan oversaw the building of the spire after 1882, which stands 81 metres high, as well as the gate lodge. Bishop James Donnelly, bishop of Clogher from 1864 to 1893, oversaw most of the building and dedicated it on 21 August 1892 to the service of God and the patronage of Macartan, the diocese's patron saint.[1][2] The Cathedral was renovated and the beautiful interior was simplified and left feeling bare. For those looking to pray to the Blessed Sacrament, the Tabernacle can be found out of immediate eyesight on the right hand side of the sanctuary.


See also[edit]

List of cathedrals in Ireland


  1. ^ a b Charles E. B. Brett, Buildings of Monaghan. Belfast: Ulster Architectural Heritage Society, 1970.
  2. ^ a b Simon Walker. Historic Ulster Churches. (Belfast: Queens University at Belfast, 2000), p.182.

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Coordinates: 54°14′40″N 6°57′30″W / 54.24444°N 6.95833°W / 54.24444; -6.95833