Churches

St. Michan’s Church and Crypt of Mummies

St. Michan’s Church is best known for the mummies in its underground crypt.

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Christ Church Cathedral

Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin serves as the central house of worship for the Church of Ireland (Anglican) diocese of Dublin and Glendalough.

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St. Ann's Church, Dublin. Image by Canadian Pacific.

St. Ann’s Church

St. Ann’s, built in 1720, is a pretty church situated a busy shopping district on Dublin’s Dawson Street, near Trinity College.

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St. Patrick's Cathedral. Image by Jim Nix.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral

The largest church in Ireland, Saint Patrick’s Cathedral is located in the southwest of the city centre.

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Cyclists consult a map at Gallarus Oratory. Image by Randy Durrum.

Gallarus Oratory

The Gallarus Oratory in the Dingle Peninsula is an early medieval stone church in the shape of an upturned boat.

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St. Mary’s Cathedral, Killarney

St. Mary’s Cathedral in Killarney is considered one of Ireland’s most notable Gothic Revival churches of the nineteenth century.

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St. Mary's Cathedral Limerick

St. Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick

Limerick City’s oldest church, St.

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Killegy Church and Graveyard

Killegy Church is a small old ruin which can be found on Kenmare to Killarney Road.

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Inishbofin Monastery

Inishbofin Early Christian Monastery

This ecclesiastical site near Athlone was founded in the mid fifth century by St.

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Multyfarnham Franciscan Friary

Multyfarnham Franciscan Friary

Renovated in 1976, the church at Multyfarnham Franciscan Friary encompasses portions of an original 15th century structure, such as the tower and nave.

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Taghmon Church / St. Munna’s Church

Located in a village with the charming name of Crookedwood, near Lough Derravaragh in county Westmeath, the Church of Taghmon, this 14th century church is a relatively well-preserved ruin. It is a fortified church, making it appear more of a castle than a building of prayer.

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Carrick on Suir Heritage Centre

Carrick on Suir Heritage Centre

This centre dedicated to the history and culture of southern County Tipperary is located in a restored Protestant church.

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Holy Cross Abbey

Holy Cross Abbey

 

Originally the site of a Celtic monastery or hermitage, Holy Cross Abbey was established in 1169 according to the Cistercian Rule by King Donal O’Brien.

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Boyle Cistercian Abbey

Boyle Cistercian Abbey

Building operations on this Cistercian Abbey located in the town of Boyle, began in 1161.

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The Sacred Heart Church, Roscommon Town

The Sacred Heart Church, Roscommon Town

Sacred Heart Church is the most prominent building in the town of Roscommon.

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Roscommon Dominican Friary

Roscommon Dominican Friary

The ruins of the Dominican Friary date back to 1253.

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Sneem Church and Cemetery

Sneem Anglican Church, built in 1810, is also known as the Church of the Transfiguration.

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St. Audeoen's Church. Image by colddayforpontooning

St. Audoen’s Church

Near Dublin’s former centre, in the Cornmarket area, admirers of medieval architecture should not miss out on St.

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Tihilly Church and High Cross

Tihilly Church and High Cross

Saint Fintan began a monastery here and then went on to Slieve Margy, leaving the community in the care of a nun called Cera.

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Rahan Churches

Rahan Churches

There are two churches on this site, portions of which date back to the 15th century.

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Gallen Church and Cross Slabs

Gallen Church and Cross Slabs

Gallen Church sits on the original site of a monastery that was established in 492.

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Corracrin Church

Corracrin Church

St. Patrick’s Church at Corracrin is located on the Dublin Road near the village of Emyvale in County Monaghan.

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St. Mary's Catholic Church, Navan. Image by Paddywhack56.

St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Navan

One of two churches in close proximity, Saint Mary’s Catholic Church was built in 1839.

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Newtown Abbey. Image by William Murphy.

Newtown Cathedral and Monuments

At one time the largest church in Ireland, Newtown Cathedral’s ruins can be found along the banks of the River Boyne. It is one of many ecclesiastical sites in and around Trim, and is only a 15 minute walk from Trim Castle.

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Cloonmorris Church and Ogham Stone

Cloonmorris Church and Ogham Stone

Located in the village of Mohill, this church was connected to the Augustinian priory here.

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Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St. Nicholas, Galway City

Cathedral of Our Lady Assumed into Heaven and St. Nicholas, Galway City

The largest catholic church in Galway, the cathedral is located on Nun’s Island, on the west bank of the River Corrib near Salmon Weir Bridge.

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Costello Memorial Chapel, Carrick-on-Shannon

Costello Memorial Chapel, Carrick-on-Shannon

This tiny but exquisite memorial was designed and built in Carrick-on-Shannon as a burial place for Mary Josephine Costello, who died on October 6, 1877.

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Castledermot Round Tower, Crosses and Church

Castledermot Round Tower, Crosses and Church

The Castledermot monastic settlement was established by St.

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Devenish Island Monastery

Devenish Island Monastery

Devenish Island encompasses an area of roughly 70 acres and is located in the southern part of Lower Lough Erne.

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Grey Abbey

Grey Abbey

Located on the picturesque shores of Strangford Lough, the remains of Grey Abbey sit in the middle of picturesque parkland.

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The Black Abbey

The Black Abbey, Kilkenny

Just south of St. Canice’s Cathedral, you can find Kilkenny’s Black Abbey.

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St. Patrick's Cathedral (Church of Ireland), Armagh City

St. Patrick’s Cathedral (Church of Ireland), Armagh City

St. Patrick’s Anglican Cathedral is a modest, Gothic style building, with a low, fortified-looking tower, that lies near the centre of the Armagh city.

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St. Patrick's Cathedral (Roman Catholic), Armagh City

St. Patrick’s Cathedral (Roman Catholic), Armagh City

St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cathedral is an imposing site, perched on the hilltop in Armagh and dominating its skyline.

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Church Island

Church Island

Church Island, also known as Shrine Island, is located in the northwest portion of Lough Carra.

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Ballintubber Abbey

Ballintubber Abbey

The village of Ballintubber is located just south of Castlebar in County Mayo, on the famed pilgrimage route to Croagh Patrick, also known as Ireland’s Holy Mountain.

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St. Canice's Cathedral

St. Canice’s Cathedral and Round Tower

Built in the 13th century, St.

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Daniel O’Connell Memorial Church of the Holy Cross

This Gothic-Revival structure sits on Main Street in the small town of Cahersiveen in County Kerry.

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St Nicholas Collegiate Church

One of the most well preserved medieval churches in Ireland, this church was founded by Anglo-Normans in 1320 and dedicated to Saint Nicholas of Myra, the patron saint of seafarers. Renovations and enlargements over the centuries have left its walls adorned with many beautiful carvings, including exceptional gargoyles.

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St. Columb's Cathedral, Derry City

St. Columb’s Cathedral, Derry City

St. Columb’s Cathedral in Derry City was the first Protestant Cathedral built in Britain or Ireland after the Protestant Reformation.

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Holy Trinity Cathedral, Waterford City

Holy Trinity Cathedral, Waterford City

This Roman Catholic house of worship was designed and built during the late 18th century, a particularly difficult and turbulent period for the religion in Irish history.

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Christ Church Cathedral, Waterford City

Christ Church Cathedral, Waterford City

This 18th century cathedral in Waterford City is considered one of Ireland’s finest neoclassical Georgian structures.

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St. Anne's Cathedral (Belfast Cathedral)

St. Anne’s Cathedral (Belfast Cathedral)

St Anne’s Cathedral, also known as Belfast Cathedral, was erected at the turn of the 20th century upon the site of the original of St Anne’s Parish Church.

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St Finbarr's Cathedral, Cork City

St Finbarr’s Cathedral, Cork City

Saint Finnbar’s/Fin Barre’s Anglican Cathedral, is a Church of Ireland cathedral located in the centre of Cork city.

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St. Mary's Pro Cathedral. Image: Candian Pacific.

St. Mary’s Pro Cathedral

St. Mary’s Pro Cathedral is the main Catholic parish church of Dublin City centre, situated on a back-street, one block east of O’Connell Street.

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St. Anne's Church, Cork City

St. Anne’s Church, Cork City

This popular Cork City landmark, visible across the area, was built in 1722.

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John's Lane Church. Image by Eric Atkins

John’s Lane Church

Located in the Liberties district on Thomas St., this distinctive red sandstone and granite building is commonly known as John’s Lane Church.

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Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church

The Church run by the Carmelite order on Whitefriar street is a popular choice for couples, because it holds the remains of Saint Valentine.

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Exterior of St. Teresa's Church. Image by Christopher Amos.

St. Theresa’s Church

This charming 18th century church is hidden away on a side alley off Grafton Street, Dublin’s busiest thoroughfare.

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St. Mullins monastic site. Image by Martin McAlindin.

St Mullins Monastery and Heritage Centre

St. Moling established this monastic community in 696 in what is today a rural community in south County Carlow. The saint, who served as Bishop of Ferns and Glendalough, is alleged to have led a life of many miracles.

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Cathedral of the Assumption / Carlow Cathedral

Bishop James Doyle, a staunch advocate of Catholic freedom in Ireland, built this attractive church in 1883.

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