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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  • Very impressive Cathedral with spectacular architecture and stained glass windows. A peaceful place to pray or reflect or just to sit.  more »
  • This is by far my favourite places in Enniscorthy and also my favourite church in the world. And I have travelled far and wide. It's stunning. A beautiful serene feeling once you step inside the doors  more »
  • There is a lot of beautiful old sculptures inside. It might not be exciting for the very young and it is very cold walking around. No issues with parking and a small entrance fee. Worth a visit from a...  more »
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  • Lovely small Cathedral. Impressive stain glass windows and roof is like an upturned ark. You can take a wander through the old graveyard and they're building a new public park behind it.
  • Very cool gothic type cathedral. The inside is beautiful and there are little history/guide write-ups throughout.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Stunning church, very clean and we'll looked after. Parking might be a problem there.

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