St. Aidan's Cathedral

St. Aidan's Cathedral, Enniscorthy

St. Aidan's Cathedral
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Saint Aidan’s Cathedral.A striking example of Pugin’s later period cruciform church. An exercise in perfect proportion, which endows an outwardly moderate sized structure with a soaring Gothic interior. Built in 1843 using locally sourced Ordovician rock with Wicklow granite dressings, it is surmounted by an imposing broach spire which dominates the surrounding countryside.Internally decorated with richly coloured and minutely figured stencilling with Pugin motifs, it features an exquisitely carved sandstone reredos and chancel screen, and has been deservedly termed “Pugin’s Irish Gem”.Open daily- for guided group tours - please telephone to arrange.
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brittanyandainemc
Dundalk, Ireland31 contributions
SIMPLY BREATHTAKING- A MUST SEE!
Sep 2020
I have NEVER seen a church yet, as beautiful as this one. I have been to the big cathedral in New York City, as I grew up in NJ, but I can not really remember it so St. Aidan's is by far the most beautiful cathedral I have ever been to yet. Everywhere you turned, there was more and more beauty. The stained glass windows, the Church seats, honestly it is all so breathtaking. We were even able to take a bottle of St. Aidan's Holy Water- and one back to my Mother in Law, which was a real treat. Simply breathtaking. A MUST SEE if you are in Enniscorthy.
Written 12 September 2020
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Polly S
South Wales, UK52 contributions
Our family church
Oct 2019
my mother was baptised here in 1936 my Grandmother was married here, as was so many of my ancestors . I went here to see where my roots were and this is a beautiful church. It was a very emotional day .
Written 8 October 2019
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Claire D
Dublin, Ireland29 contributions
St Aidans
Sep 2019
Beautiful Cathedral, was there for an anniversary mass. Choir were excellent. Church was full, which was fantastic to see in an era where most churches are empty in catholic Ireland.
Written 6 October 2019
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John B
Epping, UK132 contributions
Pugin Cathedral in this wonderful market town
Aug 2019
St Aidan's is so special you want to wrap it in cotton wool how often do you see a Pugin building still in daily use with wonderful tiles and ceiling and towers come and visit i take all my visitors for a real treat
Written 24 August 2019
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maureengeorge65
Chicago10 contributions
Beautiful church
Jun 2019
A must stop while walking past
Quaint but beautiful
Painted ceiling. Recently restored Easy access. We parked right in front. Grounds also pretty however small
Written 4 June 2019
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Lesley S
Leek, UK146 contributions
Tranquil, beautiful lovely windows
May 2019 • Friends
Well worth the walk up the hill, the Cathedral in Pugin style is very calm in style. There are lots of plaques describing the restoration and historical details. It has a quiet tranquility which leaves you feeling calm as you exit the building
Written 27 May 2019
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JimBobJoe_12
Western Ireland, Ireland54 contributions
Beautiful renovation job
Mar 2019 • Solo
This church was renovated in 1994 and a beautiful job they did with it. A much less successful renovation job was done in St Mary's cathedral in 1973 by Bishop Eamonn Casey in Killarney which is also a Pugin design built around the same time as St Aidan;s where stained glass windows were damaged, beautiful floors ripped up, high alters and side alters ripped out, marble railings and statues thrown out and broken, etc. To walk into St Aidan;s and to see the beautiful untouched floors, all windows intact as they were, the restoration of the paintwork as it was, marble alter around the alter, etc. This beautiful church is well worth a visit if you are in the vicinity. It makes me despair to think of what St Mary's should have looked like if the same type of renovation done in 1973.
Written 31 March 2019
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Linda6576
34 contributions
A Marvel of a Holy Church!
Feb 2019 • Friends
This Cathedral is so lovely! The windows inspire awe. And the list of bishops listed on the walls date back to St. Aiden in the 7th century! There is a wonderful peace about this holy place and is well worth visiting.
Written 20 March 2019
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finbarfinn2016
Phnom Penh, Cambodia11 contributions
Visit with family
Dec 2018 • Friends
Went to see the Cathedral with my mother who lived in Enniscorthy as a child and was schooled there. She was delighted to see the place again after many years and noted that she had played the organ there when she was at school.

Written 14 January 2019
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Connector699514
4 contributions
Beautifully restored Gothic cathedral in stunning location
Nov 2018
This cathedral was built in the nineteenth century during the flourishing of the Oxford Movement. It was designed by the convert Augustus Pugin. For many decades his intricate Gothic decoration had been covered over, but almost twenty years ago the cathedral was restored to its former glory and deserves to be visited. Admiring its high arches, wooden roof and beautiful decoration, one is led to believe in something other than oneself. The cathedral is located in a stunning part of County Wexford where many other delights can be explored.
Written 18 December 2018
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