St. Carthage's Cathedral, County Waterford

St. Carthage's Cathedral, County Waterford

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Through the imposing gothic gates of St. Carthage’s Cathedral, you will find an abundance of history. The Cathedral dates back to 1630, when it was built by the earl of cork – Richard Boyle. This is the structure, which you see today (although some of the structure has been altered since), but the first stone church to stand on this site was build in the 1200’s, and gravestones slabs from monastic times can be found on the wall of the cathedral.

The Edward Burne Jones window is situated on the left as you enter the Cathedral, only two stained glass windows designed by Burne Jones in Irish Cathedrals, the other one in the Organ Gallery in Trim, Co. Meath. The McGrath tomb can be found at the end of the Cathedral, dating from 1486 this remarkable table tomb has some of the most exquisite carvings and illustrations.

As you walk through the Cathedral make sure you stop and look up at the ceiling and be in awe of the spectacular ribbed ceiling by Richard Morrison. Guided tours of Lismore including St. Carthage’s Cathedral are available from the Lismore Heritage Centre.

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