St Muredach's Cathedral, Ballina

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St Muredach's Cathedral
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Coordinates: 54°06′46″N 9°09′02″W / 54.1129°N 9.1505°W / 54.1129; -9.1505
LocationBallina, County Mayo
CountryIreland
DenominationRoman Catholic
History
Consecrated1845
Architecture
StyleGothic Revival
Groundbreaking1827
Completed1875
Administration
ArchdioceseTuam
DioceseKillala
ProvinceTuam
Clergy
Bishop(s)John Fleming
Laity
Director of music[1]

St Muredach's Cathedral is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Killala in Ireland. It is located on the bank of the River Moy in Ballina, County Mayo. It is also the parish church of the parish of Kilmoremoy.

It is a detached six-bay double-height building on a cruciform plan comprising four-bay double-height nave which opens into single-bay double-height transepts all centred on single-bay double-height chancel.[2]

The cathedral's construction was initiated by Bishop John MacHale (1791-1881) who served as the Bishop of Killala from 1825-1834 and the completion of the cathedral in 1834, coincided with his translation to the Archdiocese of Tuam.

The spire was completed in 1855 to the designs of the celebrated architect James Joseph McCarthy and further embellishment continued throughout the nineteenth century. [3]

Parish Priests[edit]

  • Richard Hoare (1704)
  • Francis Beolane (1731)
  • John Finan (1743–1760)
  • Ronan Peadar Tully (1993-present)
  • Neil Molloy (2011-present)

19th Century[edit]

  • John Lyons (1823–1825)
  • John McHale (1825–1834)
  • John Lyons (1835)
  • P.A. Lyons (1837–1838)
  • Patrick McHale (1839–1841)
  • Bart Costello (1842–1845)
  • Hugh Conway (1845–1848)
  • Patrick Malone (1849–1852)
  • Dominick Madden (1853)
  • Michael Conway (1854)
  • J. Gilvarry (1854–1858)
  • P.J. Nolan (1859)
  • P. Irwin (1862–1867)
  • J. Timlin (1867)
  • P. Conway (1867–1870)
  • H. Hewson (1870–1873)
  • J.J. O'Keane (1873–1879)
  • P. McNulty (1879–1881)
  • D. O'Donoghue (1881–1885)
  • A. Finnerty (1885–1890)
  • J. Mullen (1890–1891)
  • A. McHale (1891–1892)
  • M. Gallagher (1892–1900)

Twentieth century[edit]

  • J. Naughton (1900–1906)
  • B. Quinn (1906–1913)
  • T.L. Beirne (1913–1915)
  • M. Tully (1915–1919)
  • W. Greaney (1919–1930)
  • D. O'Connor (1930–1942)
  • M.J. Feeney (1942)
  • P. Maloney (1942–1957)
  • J. Heverin (1957–1963)
  • T. McDonnell (1963–1970)
  • G. Moore (1970–1987)
  • P. O' Brien (1987–1994)
  • M. Flynn (1994–2005)
  • Brendan Hoban (2005–2011), a founder member of the Association of Catholic Priests
  • Gerard O'Hora (2011 – present)

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