St. Aidan's Cathedral, Enniscorthy

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St. Aidan's Cathedral is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ferns. It is located in Enniscorthy, County Wexford, in Ireland. It was built in 1843 and was designed by Augustus Welby Pugin. The saint to whom the cathedral is dedicated is Máedóc of Ferns (feast day 31 January), also known as Áedan or Aidan, who died in 626, and not to be confused with St. Aidan of Lindisfarne (feast day 31 August), an Irish missionary who died in 651.Notable features include the façade, a reredos carved from Caen stone and a great north window with intricate stone tracery. The cathedral was subsequently much renovated in line with reforms promulgated by the Second Vatican Council. It was restored to its near original design in 1994 when authentic colours, materials and techniques were used. The restoration took a year, during which time cathedral services were held at St Mary's church (Church of Ireland) nearby.The cathedral is similar in structure to St Mary's Cathedral, Killarney.
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  • When we visit Enniscorthy to visit my family we alway visit St.Aidan's. My Mom was Baptist at Saint Aidan's in 1909 we asked for her records in 15 min we had it. Not only is the Cathedral wonderful be...  more »
  • The present Gothic Revival cathedral dominates the town and dates from 1848 when it replaced a thatched mud-walled building that the local Catholic congregation had been obliged to use until then . It...  more »
  • Lovely big cathedral, got married their 9 years ago. The staff are lovely too. The owner of the place was aloof and mysterious.  more »
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  • I have visited St. Aidans Cathedral, a number of times, during visits to relatives near Enniscorthy. Visits to this Roman Catholic Cathedral were due to religious purposes. It is a solemn, peaceful & impressive church to visit. It is a distinctively shaped long, narrow, high built & Gothic style Cathedral. Built from 1843. Consecrated in 1860. Designed by Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (b-1812 - d-1852). The Cathedral is dedicated to St. Maedoc of Ferns (feastday 31st January), also known as St. `Aedan or Aidan who died 626. The Cathedral has an impressive facade, a long-aisled nave, altars, stained glass windows, holy images & statues, among them is a "Pieta". Definitely worth visiting even as tourists in County Wexford.
  • Beautifully kept church always so peaceful
  • Stunning church, very clean and we'll looked after. Parking might be a problem there.
  • Historic building.
  • Very nice old church with adjoining cemetery
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