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Address: Saint Mary's Church East Avenue 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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Beautiful little gem

This is not a large church in terms of "cathedrals" but the decorations inside truly merit cathedral status. Painted walls, some of the most beautiful stained glass I have seen.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Sierra Vista, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is not a large church in terms of "cathedrals" but the decorations inside truly merit cathedral status. Painted walls, some of the most beautiful stained glass I have seen.

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

Thank you for your review. Our stained glass windows were made in the 1880s and still retain their vibrancy and colour. Although we're not a cathedral—Killarney Cathedral is the Roman Catholic church on the corner of New Street and Mission Road—we're pleased to know we merit the title. Every blessing on your visit. More 

Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We toured through this church and admired the lovely stained glass, floors, organ, etc. We found out that there would be a free concert that evening and so, returned later to enjoy 90 minutes of beautiful Irish music played by some talented young people. There are certainly good acoustics in the church, which made the performances even better. Thank you... More 

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

Thank you for your thanks and your positive response to our concerts. The concert you attended is a series designed to showcase upcoming young new talent in traditional Irish music and to give them a chance to learn the art of public performance. The series in in its 13th season. Most of our concerts are free but sometimes we have... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I enjoyed the splendor of this small church. The Windows were beautiful. The pipes on the organ are ornate which is something I had not seen before. I wish I could have heard it.

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

Thanks for your visit. The organ is played for our main service on Sundays at 11am and occasionally in our concerts. Sometimes people get to hear our organists practicing during the week. The sound is very full and vibrant and amply complimented by the superb acoustic in the church. Every blessing on your continued visit to Ireland. More 

Round Rock, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

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

Thanks for offering to God your gratitude; we too thank God that your visit was memorable and inspiring. It is our main desire that people have chance to sit quietly and commune with God. We also work hard to make sure the building is pleasing to the eye and inspiring to the heart. More 

Vassar, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

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 July 13, 2016

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 July 5, 2016 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 June 23, 2016

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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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 

NY
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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 

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