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St. Mary's Church of Ireland

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Address: Kenmare Place, Killarney, Ireland
Phone Number: 353646631832
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The Church was built in 1870s on the site of former churches. It is...

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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Solitude for Sunday

My visit to St Mary's Church was mainly for a few minutes of quiet and peace to give thanks for the opportunity to visit beautiful Ireland.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Dorothy T
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Round Rock, Texas
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Round Rock, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My visit to St Mary's Church was mainly for a few minutes of quiet and peace to give thanks for the opportunity to visit beautiful Ireland.

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Vassar, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Got to visit right before closing on a rainy afternoon. Beautiful church. Got to light a prayer candle and left peacefully.

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Rector-of-Killarney, Manager at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, responded to this review

That's good; the candle flame can be seen as a repository for prayer as it holds your intention long after you've moved on to do other things. Glad you enjoyed and benefitted from your visit. The peace of God remain with you. More 

Englewood, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was with a group singing in St Mary's Church. The sound was amazing; it seemed to circle all around us. One member of the group received permission to play the organ - what a wonderful sound.

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Rector-of-Killarney, Manager at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, responded to this review

Over the past 13 years we've become a very popular choral/orchestral venue, not least for this fabulous acoustic you've so much enjoyed. The organ is often made available to visiting organists who come with choirs or orchestras. We also welcome visiting organists to play at our Sunday service. It is a great joy to us to share this amazing space... More 

County Monaghan, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We dropped into the church late Sunday afternoon while having a stroll around the town after cycling the ring of kerry the previous day. St Marys has beautiful stained glass windows and a beautiful colourful tiled floor . Lots of history as you look around I also noticed a sign outside thanking the people for their donations which was a... More 

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Rector-of-Killarney, Manager at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, responded to this review

Congratulations on cycling the Ring of Kerry. I did it also! It was lovely to see the sun come out and all the people enjoying the event and the opportunities provided by our lovely town. We welcomed many visitors that day into our peaceful and beautiful church, just round the corner from the Finishing Post. The town recently subscribed to... More 

Clinton, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hard to find parking near church so make this a part of a walking tour. they off free concerts here at times.

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Thank 106janaj
Rector-of-Killarney, Manager at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, responded to this review

The best parking close to the church is by the main Tourist Office; you can then cut through by the side of the Plaza Hotel to arrive at the church. Killarney is a compact town centre and our church is in the middle between the hotels and the shops. Our free concerts are advertised on our Facebook and Google+ pages. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016 via mobile

Nice free concert and it seems they are open during the day. It is a nice place but the pipe organ is very interesting. It seems to have been a rescue from a scrap yard. You cannot tell it. Painting is beautiful.

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Thank Daniel S
Rector-of-Killarney, Manager at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, responded to this review

Actually, it's the plaque that was rescued from the scrap heap. The original organ was installed when the new church was built in 1870; the plaque refers to that one. However, that organ destroyed by fire some years later and this new organ was installed. Then, 60 years later the original plaque—commemorating the original organ—was found in a scrapyard and... More 

Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

We did the Ring of Kerry, and also toured Muckross house and gardens, Torc falls, and Ross Castle. You definitely want to take a bus tour of the Ring of Kerry, and not drive. You will see much more, and not have to deal with the incredibly narrow roads while meeting tour busses coming the other way! All the area... More 

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Rector-of-Killarney, Manager at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, responded to this review

We're glad you enjoyed your trip. The Ring of Kerry bus tour on a Sunday commences from outside our Church (next to the Deros Coach offices). For those who wish to avail, we have a special short service of Holy Communion—just for visitors—which starts at 9:30am and lasts half an hour. That leaves ample time then to queue outside our... More 

Kennewick, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

We starting our walking tour of the city at this location. The chapel organ is unique and truly beautiful.

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Rector-of-Killarney, General Manager at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, responded to this review

We're happy to give our support to, and offer our church as the start of, an excellent walking tour of Killarney. It gives people a chance to get a sense of the history of this building and its patrons (the Herberts of Muckross) and integrate that into the amazing variety and character of the town's past. More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016 via mobile

This is a very beautiful cathedral with wonderful history and a peaceful feel inside and outside the church. I highly recommend making a stop!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

We always attempt to visit Church's on every vacation that we can. This church was open to visit and we did. The Church was built in 1870 on the site of another church per the sign posted on the front gate. Wonderful stained glass inside and very well maintained. If you have the chance this is worth your time to... More 

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Rector-of-Killarney, General Manager at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, responded to this review

Glad you've enjoyed your visit to our Church. Located as we are in-between the hotel sector and the shops we get a lot of visitors. It is through your generosity that we're able to keep the church in good repair and interesting for the visitor, not just for the worshipper. Every blessing. More 

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