La St Fethlimidh's Cathedral - Public domain

St Fethlimidh’s Cathedral

La St Fethlimidh's Cathedral - Public domain

St Fethlimidh’s Cathedral is a cathedral in the village of Kilemore (not to be confused with Kylemore in Connemara), located 5.6km south-west of the town of Cavan. It is one of the two cathedrals of the diocese of Kilmore, Ardagh and Elphin.

Visit St Fethlimidh’s Cathedral

A recently restored cathedral for 1 million euros!

The cathedral is located not far from a wooded area, and has a rather nice and bucolic setting. It is easily accessible, with the possibility of parking in a specially designed car park.

One of the most interesting aspects of the building is the 12th century Romanesque portal built on the outside of the sacristy. The finesse of its architecture is simply sublime. (It must be said that the building was renovated for over a million euros!).

Another positive point is that the cathedral has an original copy of the first translation of the Old Testament in Irish by William Bedell, bishop of Kilmore 1629-1642. This rare work is on display in the very heart of the building and is the pride of the people of Kilemore! The program includes illuminations, calligraphy and old paper… To delight lovers of Irish medieval art and history! In short, a manuscript in the same vein as the Book of Kells exhibited at Trinity College in Dublin.

During your visit, don’t forget to admire its 1860 organ. The latter was designed by Charles Brindley of Sheffield, and was restored in 2011.

Overall, the place is quiet and beautiful, with its interior vaults and colourful stained glass windows that dim the outside light. Photographs are tolerated, as long as flashes are avoided.

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Lieu : (County Cavan)

Coordonnées GPSGPS : 53.979769,-7.414560