Cork’s Catholic Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Anne is only a few yards from St. Anne’s Church
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Initially I was a bit confused by the fact that there are so many churches in Cork.
Cork’s Catholic Cathedral of St. Mary and St. Anne is only a few yards from St. Anne’s Church (Shandon bells) and effectively both churches shares the same skyline on the north side of Cork city. The steeple of St. Anne’s is famous for its bells which are tolled for service and by tourists to the city.

The Cathedral is the Mother Church of the Catholic Dioceses of Cork and Ross, known locally as the North Cathedral. It was dedicated in 1808. The building is a combination of sandstone and limestone dressings, and is of early neo gothic revivalist style. Guided tours available on request. The Cathedral has seen major changes over its 200 year history. In 1820 the Cathedral was maliciously set on fire and extensively damaged. The work of restoration was undertaken by George R. Pain who had come to the city in 1818. In 1964 an extension to the sanctuary area was undertaken and the internal layout was reorganised. A sanctuary tower was constructed, rising to a height of 80 feet to compliment the western tower. In 1996, major repairs and renovation were again required. The Cathedral closed for the duration of the work. The tower was completely renovated, the roof re-slated, the gothic ceiling repaired, external stonework repointed, the sanctuary underwent a major refurnishment and the interior was generally upgraded. Parishoners and clergy, people of the diocese and beyond raised more than £3.5 million during that period.

The Streets Of Cork By William Murphy


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