Saints Peter and Paul's Church, Cork

SS Peter & Paul's Church
Saints Peter and Paul's Church, Cork
Eaglais Naoimh Peadar agus Pól
SS Peter & Paul's Church
51°53′56″N 8°28′28″W / 51.898809°N 8.474461°W / 51.898809; -8.474461Coordinates: 51°53′56″N 8°28′28″W / 51.898809°N 8.474461°W / 51.898809; -8.474461
Location St Peter and Paul Place, Cork
Country Ireland
Denomination Catholic
Dedication Saint Peter and Saint Paul
Consecrated August 1874
Status In use
Architect(s) E. W. Pugin and George Ashlin
Architectural type Church
Style Gothic Revival
Groundbreaking 15 August 1859
Completed 1866
Parish SS Peter & Paul's
Archdiocese Cashel and Emly
Diocese Cork and Ross
The nave of SS Peter and Paul's, shown in The Illustrated London News.

Saints Peter and Paul's Church is a Catholic church located just off St Patrick's Street in Cork City, Ireland.


Peter and Paul's was built to replace Carey's Lane Chapel, a much smaller structure built in 1786. Under the guidance of Archdeacon John Murphy, a design competition was run in the 1850s and won by E. W. Pugin, son of Augustus Pugin. The foundation stone was laid on 15 August 1859 and the church was dedicated for worship on 29 June 1866.[1][2]


The church comprises a central nave with gable roof and two aisles. The walls are of red sandstone with limestone dressing. The aisles are at either side of the nave, which is covered with a gable roof. The ridge of the roof is decorated by ornamental ironwork, partly gilt, terminated at the western gable by an ornamental cross with foliated arms.

The grand altar is carved from 36 tons of Carrara marble. The pavements surrounding the altar, and the steps, are all of white Italian vein marble. The apse is decorated with blue and gold ceiling panels. The flooring of the church is in white and black marble.

The pulpit and confessionals were carved from Russian oak by craftsmen from Leuven and Cork.


  1. McCarthy, Kieran. "Making a City: St. Patrick's Street Heritage Trail". Kieran McCarthy. Retrieved 17 November 2015.

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