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“St Fin Barres”

St Fin Barre's Cathedral
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Owner description: A stately 19th-century cathedral dedicated to the patron saint of Cork.
Reviewed August 27, 2013

St Fin Barre is reputed to be buried on the site of this beautiful building. It was designed William Burgess in the French Gothic style, replacing a much smaller and insignificent building. The foundation was laid in 1865. The sain glass windows represents the New and Old Testament and the rose window represents the creation. There are many fine examples of beauty there including the pulpit , the baptismal forn and the choir stall. I face there is somethink attractive to be seen in any part of this majestic building. The great organ has been recently restored.

The Cathedral is not a museum piece but a home of worship to a thriving congregation with services held each day. The best time to visit is for the Sunday Morning Communion Service at 11.15 am and Choral Evensong at 7 pm. At both the excellent choir sing.

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Martin D, Manager at St Fin Barre's Cathedral, responded to this reviewResponded September 3, 2013

Dear Conbalinora.

Thank you for your recent visit and review. I'm glad you enjoyed your visit and for raising a point that is often over looked.

The Cathedral is active with three services per day, has an excellent musical programme which includes choir and organ and has an active band of Campanologists (Bell ringers( who are always happy with new members)).
Christian worship has had its roots here since 606 AD, it survived the Vikings and the Normans and its likely there was a pagan site here before all this. So the present site has an unbroken link with the ancient past.

So although it is an historical site and has become an important tourist destination it is first and foremost a place of worship and is sacred in the memory of many.
Services are open to any who feel inclined to join and you will find the clergy warm and hospitable .

Morning Prayer @ 10:00 for 20 mins
Eucharist @ mid day for 35 mins
Evensong @ 17:15 for 15 mins

Fridays (Sept to May) Choral Evensong @ 18:15 for 35 mins

8:00 Eucharist said
11:15 Choral Eucharist
19:00 Choral Evensong

Best wishes
Martin Dier

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Reviewed August 27, 2013

On wet morning we called a service was about to begin in 10 mins time so we paid our entrance fee of 10 Euros for a family of 4 and took in its grandeur as quickly as we could.On leaving the custodians gave us our 10 Euros back apologising for fact we had had to make a whistlestop tour.The cathedral is Anglican and I am a Roman Catholic but I was impressed by its piety and architecture - built in the 1860's.

Thank Steve C
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Reviewed August 23, 2013

This is gothic in the non-technical non-architectural sense, a sort of somber, brooding feel to it with a certain majesty about it. The inside is unexpectedly uplifting and the windows are exquisite. Well worth a visit while in this interesting city.

Thank Steve D
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Reviewed August 21, 2013

It's exactly what one imagines a cathedral should look like: big, tall, dark, secretive, shadowy but so impressive! One of the most cathedral-like cathedrals we've seen on the trip to Ireland.

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Reviewed August 19, 2013

A very impressive structure from the outside and very beautiful (in a dark Victorian style) inside. There is a lot of local dark marble used in the walls with Old Testament scenes in the stained glass windows in the main transept. The gentleman at the entrance seemed very knowledgeable and pointed out some points of interest that may have been overlooked from the information leaflet. A very enjoyable visit.

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