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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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  • Medieval looking cathedral that is amazing inside and out. Once inside, there is a mystical feeling that you get. I am not religious but more of a spiritual person and felt a stillness and mystiquenes...  more »
  • This is where my great-grandmother was baptized, so St. Aidan's is very special place for me. They do have a live stream of Sunday services which I thought was really neat to hear mass from Ireland if...  more »
  • I was overwhelmed by the sight of St Aidans from the top of the castle. Anyone who appreciates fine craftmanship should visit.  more »
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  • Stunning church, very clean and we'll looked after. Parking might be a problem there.
  • Historic building.