St Mary's Cathedral, Kilkenny

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St Mary’s Cathedral
Cathedral Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
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Location County Kilkenny
Country Republic of Ireland
Denomination Roman Catholic
Founded February 1842
Consecrated 4 October 1857
Groundbreaking April 1843
Completed 1857
Construction cost £25,000
Diocese Diocese of Ossory

St Mary’s is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ossory. It is situated on James’s Street, Kilkenny, Ireland.

Saint Mary’s was designed by William Deane Butler (c.1794-1857). He was chosen by Bishop William Kinsella (1793-1845) who instigated the building of St. Mary’s in February 1842. Work began in April 1843 and finished in 1857. On Sunday 4 October 1857, St. Mary’s had its grand opening, which consisted of a two-and-three-quarter hour ceremony that began at 6.15am. The cost of the building is estimated to have been £25,000.

St. Mary’s is made from cut-limestone which was sourced locally. The cathedral has a cruciform plan and its style is described as ‘Early English Gothic’.[1] The design is believed to have been based on Gloucester Cathedral in Gloucester, England. It is situated on the highest point in Kilkenny City and is a significant local landmark.

The cathedral is variously referred to as "St Mary’s", "the church of St Kieran" and "the Cathedral of the Assumption".

St. Mary’s has a noted sculpture of the Madonna by Giovanni Maria Benzoni (1809-1873).



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Coordinates: 52°39′09″N 07°15′25″W / 52.65250°N 7.25694°W / 52.65250; -7.25694