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Cobh Cathedral, Cobh
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Witness the beauty of the Roman Catholic Cobh Cathedral, which took 47 years to complete. E.W. Pugin, George Ashlin, and Thomas Coleman began construction in 1867, and it was not completed until 1915. Officially named St. Coleman's Cathedral, this religious site is known for spectacular neo-Gothic architecture. Tour the cathedral and admire its exterior and interior beauty. The cathedral houses the largest church carillon in Ireland, featuring 49 bells. You can also attend Mass, as the cathedral remains in operation. Cobh Cathedral is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our online itinerary creator, Cobh Edition.
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  • A must to visit this majestic Cathedral dominates the town and has a Carillion of 48 bells some Sunday lunch times one can hear a recital by Adrian Gebrures Fab . 
  • Towering above the harbour, this church is an architectural masterpiece. The beautiful stonework and wooden doors open into a wonderful interior. It has everything you'd expect in a well preserved eur...  more »
  • Makes you wonder: why did we have to spend time, money and energy on its construction. Must always have been too large for the congregation. Worth a look inside but its site -on a Cobh hill with views...  more »
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  • The nice thing about St. Coleman’s, a Roman catholic Cathedral, is that there is no entrance fee. Of course, as it is a working Cathedral you should avoid taking photographs when religious services are underway and flash Photography should be avoided at all times. I visited the interior a number of times before this visit and because of ongoing construction work it was not practical to take photographs. The church is attractive inside but as it is a relatively new building there is not much of historic interest to be seen. Inside there are some beautiful statues that should impress but I did notice that one reviewer described St. Coleman’s as a wonderful place for idol worshippers … the big difference between Roman Catholic and Church Of Ireland cathedrals in Ireland is that the RC buildings include lots of religious statues and icons which do appeal to many while those owned by the COI feature memorials to wars and our long gone Norman lords and masters but because of their age may be of greater historical interest. My advice is visit all of them and enjoy what is on offer.
  • My wife and I visted in 2014. It was to trace ancestors. My great grandmother Hanora O'Connor was from there and my grandmother was born there. My great grandfather Harry Bloom and great grandmother were married at that church in 1919. It was very emotional standing were they had. We walked down the steps and enjoyed the afternoon at Rob Roy's pub visiting with people that made us feel like we belonged there. We will return.
  • The views across Cork Harbour (the largest natural harbour supposedly) are magnificent and the walk up here will give you a workout. Walking around the church (which is the cathedral for the diocese of Cloyne) you can't help but think about the cruel inaction of Bishop Magee.
  • Impressive cathedral. In the tower there is a 42 bell carillon. A trip to Cobh must include a visit to this beautiful building.
  • Stopped in Cobh for an overnight. What a nice place to visit.