|St Mary’s Cathedral|
|Cathedral Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary|
|Country||Republic of Ireland|
|Consecrated||4 October 1857|
|Relics held||St Victoria|
Saints Cosmas and Damian
|Diocese||Diocese of Ossory|
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’. 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.
Its bell in the steeple was made by John Murphy, a Dublin foundry.
Nave facing the Sanctuary
Vault in the apse
Tower, transept (left) and apse (right)
Kilkenny Panorama with St Mary's Cathedral at Background