St Mel's Cathedral, Longford

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The Cathedral Church of St Mel is the cathedral church of the Diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnois, located in the town of Longford in Ireland. Built between 1840 and 1856, with the belfry and portico as later additions, it has been considered the "flagship cathedral" of the Irish midlands region, Longford's "landmark building" and "one of the finest Roman Catholic churches in Ireland". The cathedral is dedicated to Saint Mél (died 488), who came to Ireland with Saint Patrick and who was ordained bishop at Ardagh, County Longford.On Christmas Day 2009 the cathedral was destroyed by a fire in the early hours of the morning. The restored cathedral re-opened in December 2014.Design historyThe cathedral is a Neoclassical stone building, at the north-east side of the town. It was begun in 1840 to the design of Joseph B. Keane, with the foundation stone (taken from the ruined cathedral in nearby Ardagh) lain by the Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnoise, Dr. William O'Higgins, on 19 May 1840. Work was then delayed by the arrival of the Great Famine, but the church was opened for worship by Dr. O'Higgins's successor, Rt. Rev. John Kilduff, on 29 September 1856. The roof is supported by 24 limestone columns quarried at nearby Newtowncashel. The 1860 belfry was designed by John Bourke, and the 1889 portico was designed by George Ashlin. The cathedral was finally consecrated on 19 May 1893.
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  • Just lovely well worth a visit. Had the experience of a lovely evening mass. So glad we travelled 100 miles to visit  more »
  • A really beautiful cathedral and very interesting it was very peaceful and it was lovely to see I would recommend popping in  more »
  • This Cathedral was destroyed in 2009 and burned to the ground. It has been beautifully restored and congratulations to all involved.  more »
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  • A wonderful experience. One of the nicest churches that I have ever been to. The moment I seen it I fell in love. The interior is unique from the beautiful Baptismal font to the picture of the holy family that survived the big fire. Sit quietly with the Blessed Sacrament for an hour, or a moment if you can.. The fabulous organ ,and what a lovely Bishops chair, that actually Bishop Francis Duffy part designed himself.... St Mel's Cathedral is amazing and a must to visit
  • LOVELY ATMOSPHERE AND NICE MASS EVERY SANDAY
  • Was recently beautifuly restored following a major fire. Main RC Cathedral. A must visit site when in Longford town.
  • Excellent refurbishment beautiful building
  • Absolutely beautiful cathedral 😊

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