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St Fin Barre's Cathedral
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Owner description: A stately 19th-century cathedral dedicated to the patron saint of Cork.
Reviewed 23 November 2013

An absolute testiment to architecture, sheer brilliance, beauty and history all captured magnificently. The facade of this wonderful structure tells an incredible story of a beautiful city built, burnt and rebuilt. Its a must see if visiting Cork

Thank Cathy J
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Reviewed 1 November 2013

What a magnificent structure - it is simply breahtaking! Outside consists of so many different angles and features and inside is stunning. This actual site dates back to the 7th Century and in about 1536 during the protestant reformation, the cathedral became part of the established church, later known as th Church of Ireland. In 1864 the older small cathedral was demolishd and the present structure was built. Well worth a visit and tour!

1  Thank jimmclendon
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Reviewed 15 October 2013

Made this irish american woman cry. This was a Catholic church that was converted to Church of Ireland. They used the gravestones of the Catholics as walkways surrounding the church. Sacrigelious! Then to add insult to injury, a woman asked me for 5 euros admission!

6  Thank megtaylor10
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Martin D, Manager at St Fin Barre's Cathedral, responded to this reviewResponded 21 October 2013

Dear Megtaylor.

I'm delighted you decided to visit the Cathedral and I'm so sorry your version of history does not accord with the generally held and highly regarded world view.

It’s true that the earliest known building on this site was Christian, but you will know that that was before the Reformation which divided religion in these islands into Catholic and Protestant.

As was usual at the time, the English establishment which then also controlled Ireland converted its major religious establishments to Protestantism, or the Church of England, from which the Church of Ireland developed.
So four hundred years later St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral ( like St. Patrick’s or Christ Church in Dublin) remains Church of Ireland.
Given that the grave-stones preserved in the pavements around the building were memorials dating from that 400-year period it is more than likely that they commemorate Protestant parishioners although in fact the churchyard was used for the burial of people of other denominations also; they were removed from the actual grave sites to allow room for the building of the new cathedral in 1865 – 1870 and set into the pavements as a way of preserving them for the future.

We can understand, of course, that some visitors find it odd to be charged for entrance to the cathedral, but the fee was introduced as a means of raising income with which to maintain the building and its many unique attributes. Without the support of our visitors it would be difficult if not impossible to repair and refresh its splendid liturgical, architectural and decorative elements while also keeping its many roofs intact and its stonework safe, (not to mention keeping up its centuries-old choral tradition) – all constant problems endured by big old buildings, of which St. Fin Barre’s is one of the most beautiful in Ireland.

If you can point me to the source of the erroneous information that upset you so much we will do our best here to smite it and stop it causing further upset.

All the best.
Martin Dier

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Reviewed 13 October 2013 via mobile

We visited this cathedral as my girlfriends grandmother is related to Elizabeth Aldworth, who is linked to the cathedral!! Really beautiful cathedral!!! The windows are just stunning!! Staff are very friendly!! Only a 5 minute walk from city centre!! Well worth a visit!!!

Thank derekdd83
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Reviewed 12 October 2013

Really spectacular cathedral with a very distinctive build.

The outside is simply huge - the rose window is the biggest I've ever seen. You'll get some really great shots of the outside of this cathedral and it's right in the city centre which is a plus.

Thank Kelly O
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