St Colman's Cathedral, Cobh

St Colman's Cathedral, Cobh
Ardeaglais Naomh Chólmáin

Cathedral of St Colman
St Colman's Cathedral, Cobh
Location Cobh, Ireland
Status Cathedral
Style Neo-Gothic
Years built 47
Groundbreaking 30 September 1868
Completed March 1915
Construction cost £235,000
Tower height 90 m (300 ft)
Materials limestone
Bells 49 (four-octave carillon)
Tenor bell weight 3  long tons 12 cwt 0 qr 0 lb (8,064 lb or 3.658 t)
Parish Cobh Cathedral
Diocese Cloyne
Province Cashel
Bishop(s) William Crean
Cathedral of St.Colman
The aisle leading up to the altar in the cathedral
Cobh Cathedral towering above the town centre
St. Joseph statue at the west door

The Cathedral Church of St Colman, usually known as Cobh Cathedral, is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Cobh, Ireland. It is the cathedral church of the Diocese of Cloyne. It overlooks Cork harbour from a prominent position. Construction began in 1867 and was not completed until over half a century later due to increases in costs and revisions of the original plans.


The architects were Edward Welby Pugin and George Ashlin; construction began in 1867.[1] When Pugin died in 1875, Ashlin took on the services of a Dublin architect, Thomas Aloysius Coleman, to assist him in the completion of the project. The clerk of works was Charles Guilfoyle Doran, who supervised the project until his death in 1909, when the cathedral was almost complete.[2] The cathedral was finally consecrated in 1915.


The cathedral contains the only church carillon which with 49 bells is one of the largest carillons in the Europe. An automated system strikes the hour and 15 minute intervals while it also rings the bells in appropriate form for Masses, funerals, weddings and events. The carillon is also played on special occasions and generally every Sunday afternoon by its current carillonneur Adrian Gebruers.



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