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St. Mary's Church of Ireland

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Saint Mary's Church East Avenue Road Kenmare Place, Killarney V93 CD00, Ireland
+353 64 663 1832
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The Other St. Mary's in Killarney

This is the Protestant St. Mary's in Killarney but the architecture is just as beautiful and well... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Lisa D
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Sumter, South Carolina
Simple but nice

A somewhat simple church in Killarney Ireland, but really nice. Not far from the more famous St... read more

Reviewed 31 January 2018
JimmyJackk
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San Marcos, California
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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 Road Kenmare Place, Killarney V93 CD00, Ireland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the Protestant St. Mary's in Killarney but the architecture is just as beautiful and well worth a visit even if you're not particularly religious.More

Thank Lisa D
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Rector-of-Killarney, Manager at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review. Yes, there are two St Mary's in town. Our Church is on the ancient spiritual site in what is now the centre of the town. Previous churches on this site—prior to the Reformation—date back into the earliest Christian times. When...More

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Reviewed 31 January 2018

A somewhat simple church in Killarney Ireland, but really nice. Not far from the more famous St. Mary's Cathedral.More

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Rector-of-Killarney, Manager at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, responded to this reviewResponded 2 February 2018

Thank you for your comments. In comparison with the wider context, St Mary's Church is really quite ornate for a Church of Ireland Church, with its full set of stained glass windows and the stylish decoration of the walls. Whereas, St Mary's Cathedral is really...More

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Reviewed 20 January 2018

I was surprised to see such a beautiful church right in the middle of town, just around the corner from our hotel. Everything, from the door to the stained glass, was just gorgeous. It was so nice to come into such quiet after being on...More

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Rector-of-Killarney, Manager at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, responded to this reviewResponded 9 February 2018

Ha! there you go. Location, Location, Location! We'll work on the idea of a brochure. Our little free leaflet—available at points within the church—contains a floorpan and some idiosyncratic explanations of certain features in the church. In the meantime, visit our Facebook page—@churchofthesloes.ie—for our concerts...More

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Reviewed 29 October 2017

Thei simple beautiful church is worth a stop in. It is a quiet oasis and has beautiful stained windows. Since it is not popular with tours, you can visit and be alone for as long as you like.More

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Rector-of-Killarney, Manager at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2017

Although we don't get regular coach-loads of visitors; they do gather outside to get on one of the Deros' coaches for the Ring of Kerry tour. Whilst they're waiting they pop in for a moment of tranquility and to give thanks to God for the...More

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Reviewed 28 October 2017

We loved walking the streets taking in all the architecture of the area. This church is quite nice and welcoming, worth a visit when in the area.More

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Rector-of-Killarney, Manager at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, responded to this reviewResponded 2 November 2017

There are many lovely and sometimes idiosyncratic buildings in Killarney. Our church has pride of place in the main square. It is very attractive on the outside and awesome inside (but then I am biassed). Come and see for yourselves. We've just instigated a restoration...More

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Reviewed 10 October 2017

The church was directly opposite our Plaza Hotel in the busy main shopping street of Killarney. Unlike some other 'Church of Ireland' buildings this has never been a Catholic church but was always part of the worldwide Anglican communion. Replacing earlier buildings, it has many...More

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Rector-of-Killarney, Manager at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, responded to this reviewResponded 14 October 2017

In this year of the 500th Anniversary of the start of the Reformation we are thinking a lot about the ongoing relationship between the Anglican/Episcopalian and the Roman Catholic churches. We celebrate the growth of a warm relationship between these two reformed catholic traditions. Our...More

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Reviewed 28 September 2017

Very few people so lovely to sit and peacefully contemplate (or pray). Right in the heart of Killarney, well worth a visit.More

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Rector-of-Killarney, Manager at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, responded to this reviewResponded 29 September 2017

Although our church is right in the centre of town, we don't get large groups visiting all at the same time. People tend to drop in in small numbers; this happens many times a day. So we get lots of visitors spread across the day....More

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Reviewed 26 August 2017

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

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

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

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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

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Rector-of-Killarney, Manager at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2017

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

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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
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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.

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