St. Mary's Pro-Cathedral, Dublin

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St Mary's Church, known also as St Mary's Pro-Cathedral or simply the Pro-Cathedral, the Chapel in Marlborough Street, or the Pro, is a pro-cathedral and is the episcopal seat of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland.Status as "pro-cathedral"The city of Dublin possesses two cathedrals, but unusually, both belong to one church, the minority Church of Ireland, which up until 1871 had been the religion of establishment in Ireland. In contrast, the majority religion in Ireland, Roman Catholicism, has no cathedral in Ireland's capital city and has not had one since the Reformation, when the Church of Ireland was founded following Henry VIII's break from Rome. As the official church, the Church of Ireland took control of most church property, including the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity (generally known as Christchurch) and St. Patrick's Cathedral. These two churches had long shared the role of cathedral of Dublin, controversially at first, then under an agreement of 1300, Pacis Compositio, which gave Christchurch formal precedence, including the right to enthrone the Archbishop and to hold his cross, mitre and ring after death, but with deceased Archbishops of Dublin to be buried alternately in each of the two cathedrals, unless they personally willed otherwise, and the two cathedrals to act as one, and "shared equally in their freedoms".
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  • August 16, 2017
    Went to the one in from O'Connell Street. Surrounded by a fence, so good in it is okay but don't know.
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  • July 12, 2017
    This lovely cathedral is located just behind O'Connell street. It's really peaceful and a great place for reflection away from hustle and bustle of city grind  more »
  • December 12, 2016
    Went here for sung Latin Mass yesterday. Beautiful full choir of around forty choiresters of all ages. A lovely smiley priest, we enjoyed it very much. A little piece of peace in a bustling world! Bea...  more »
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  • July 9, 2017
    Lovely space.
  • May 9, 2017
    Lovely historical church in Dublin City Centre
  • November 29, 2015
    Beautiful church. Most of the people in attendance were tourists. Mass lasted for about 50 minutes. Homily was good.
  • May 9, 2017
    Beautiful
  • December 13, 2015
    Something very old Dublin about the place. As a Dubliner I live getting mass there

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