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St. Mary's Church of Ireland

Saint Mary's Church East Avenue Kenmare Place, Killarney, Ireland
+353 64 663 1832
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Pretty little church

We stopped in here as we walked back to our hotel after shopping. It is truly a not-so-hidden gem... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
JellyrollsKaren
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Wakefield, Massachusetts
Photo opportunity

This little church is easily passed by in favour of the cathedral. I spent over an hour in it... read more

Reviewed 20 August 2017
galjulie
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The Church was built in 1870s on the site of former churches. It is thought to be the ancient site of the early churches from which the town gets its name "Church of the Sloes" in Irish is Cill Airne (Killarney). This church is noted for its matching set of vibrant stained glass windows, its organ (the church's acoustic is fabulous) and its decoration. It is situated between the Hotel sector and the main shopping area. Many visitors pop in to see the beautiful interior, to pray and light a candle, or for our free concerts which take place in the summer season. The concert programme features visiting choirs and orchestras from around the world. These concerts are free; we invite donations after the concert for our Restoration Appeal. Occasionally there is a ticketed concert (available on the door) to raise money for other causes. All concerts are advertised on the notice board (and our Facebook page) and all start at 8pm. We are especially proud to host each year the Spraoi Chiarrai concerts that feature local young Irish musicians who are being given their first taste of public performance. They play traditional Irish music on traditional instruments. The local Schools of music and dance also have concerts; it can be quite never wracking for these young people as it is their first time in public. This is the Church of Ireland building (not to be confused with the Roman Catholic Cathedral also called St Mary's on the other side of town).
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Saint Mary's Church East Avenue Kenmare Place, Killarney, Ireland
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stopped in here as we walked back to our hotel after shopping. It is truly a not-so-hidden gem on a very busy street. Not to be confused with the St. Mary's Cathedral a half mile away, this little church is located at the end...More

Thank JellyrollsKaren
Rector-of-Killarney, Manager at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your review. We're delighted you enjoyed your stop-off after your shopping. A time to enjoy something different and to soak up the spiritual atmosphere. And maybe offer up a prayer of thanks to God for a lovely visit. We work hard to...More

Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

This little church is easily passed by in favour of the cathedral. I spent over an hour in it taking photos with only one visitor. It's really nice to just nip in out of the busy town just for a quiet moment.More

Thank galjulie
Rector-of-Killarney, Manager at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

You're right; it's a hidden gem—hidden in plain sight. Situated between the main hotel sector and the shopping area. Nearly everyone walks right in from of it, many have little idea of how lovely a church it is. Many local people pop in to say...More

Reviewed 5 August 2017 via mobile

We called in here last night just for a nosey and to kill time while we waited on our coach it is such a gem in the middle of a busy town I'm not religious at all but read the plaques and other memorials around...More

Thank Gary F
Rector-of-Killarney, Manager at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2017

People often say they're not religious. That doesn't matter. What matters is that all people are spiritual. That's why you found our little church and the memorials and decoration "breathtaking". We're glad you chose to "pop in". Blessings.

Reviewed 22 July 2017

Stopped by St Mary's on out way to Killarney Nat Park. The park entrance is directly across the street from this church. As someone who loves the architect and details of the older Churches this does not disappoint. From the outside it is a strong...More

Thank redrosie16
Rector-of-Killarney, Manager at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2017

People don't realise how close the National Park is to the centre of the town. The church acts as a focal point for the visitor. Thank you for your review.

Reviewed 21 July 2017

We stayed at The Ross, and were lucky enough to have a great view of this stunning church. I toured the inside and it's a pretty and serene atmosphere,More

Thank Lisa C
Rector-of-Killarney, Manager at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, responded to this reviewResponded 23 July 2017

The people at the Ross Hotel (and their sister Hotel the Killarney Park) are great friends of our church. We're pleased you chose to stay there. You got to see an aspect of our church—the outside of the Sanctuary—most people don't get to see. There's...More

Reviewed 10 July 2017

This church is small, but beautiful. The windows are really colorful. Clearly this used to be a Catholic Church,More

Thank Bummer413
Rector-of-Killarney, Manager at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2017

Sorry to have to clarify, this was never a Roman Catholic Church. It, and those on the site before it, have been Church of Ireland (Anglican) since the 17th Century. Granted, its decoration is not typical of an Anglican church in Ireland. That's what makes...More

Reviewed 10 July 2017

Well worth a visit, lovely old church. Very welcoming and a quiet haven in a very busy location. Must seeMore

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Rector-of-Killarney, Manager at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, responded to this reviewResponded 12 July 2017

Many people pop in to the church on their way by to/from the shops/hotels. They spend a moment for reflection, prayer and quiet. They then cast their eyes upwards to admire the decoration and ponder the imagery in the stained glass windows. Definitely a "must...More

Reviewed 29 June 2017

Every time we visit Killarney we attend Sunday service in St Mary's, and on our latest visit there was a sign outside advertising their 'Bus Service' - a short Holy Communion service at 9.30am, which allowed tourists time for church before heading off on their...More

Thank Lesley B
Rector-of-Killarney, Manager at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, responded to this reviewResponded 30 June 2017

Thank you. We make a special effort to provide a meaningful and significant spiritual experience for the visitor. The "Bus Service" is designed for those who want to be off on a tour of the beautiful Ring of Kerry or indeed other fabulous parts of...More

Reviewed 19 June 2017

We had a very brief visit due to preparations for a wedding going on but we were able to catch a glimpse of a fantastic Cathedral!

Thank Janet K
Rector-of-Killarney, Manager at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2017

Glad you had chance to enjoy your visit and have a lovely look round our building. We don't mind people wandering round when we're preparing for services. Some even come in during services to have a sit down and appreciate the beauty of the church.

Reviewed 27 May 2017

We were fortunate enough to visit when they were having free concerts at night. The Kansas State University chorus was performing when we were there. The church is magnificent and the chorus was superb!More

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Rector-of-Killarney, Manager at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, responded to this reviewResponded 28 May 2017

We encourage visiting choirs to come to our church and we invite people off the street to enjoy a free concert, partly because this gives added variety to people's visit and partly because the choirs and orchestras love the beautiful setting and wonderful acoustic. We...More

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