Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, Waterford

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The Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Waterford and Lismore located in Barronstrand Street, Waterford City, Ireland.HistoryThe cathedral was designed by John Roberts in 1793 and has the distinction of being the oldest cathedral of the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland. A chapel had previously stood on the same ground, having been constructed there at the height of the Penal Laws on the request of the Roman Catholic community of Waterford. In the early part of the twentieth century, railings separated the church from the street. These have since been removed. The Cathedral was refurbished in 1977 and a new altar was installed so that Mass could be celebrated ad populum . A gift of ten crystal chandeliers from Waterford Crystal enhanced the glory of the Cathedral. A complete reflooring of the building and a restructuring of the sacristy took place in the early 1990s. Further work was completed in November 2006 with a re-fit of structure to the interior and exterior.Cathedral organThe cathedral's pipe organ was built around 1848 by William Hill & Sons and refurbished by the same firm in 1910. It was played for the very first time by organist W.T. Best on Sunday August 29, 1858. The organ was extensively altered by the Irish Organ Company in 1963. It has a manual compass of 61 notes and a pedal compass of 32 notes. The action is electro-pneumatic and the console is detached.Organists F.T. Howard M. Bilton J.F. Murray J. Storer Professor Antoine Begas Stanley Bowyer M.J. Bowman John Croghan Stanley Bowyer Fintan O’Carroll Kevin O’Carroll Patrick Butler Cecilia Kehoe The present organist and musical director, Cecilia Kehoe, studied music at University College Cork (U.C.C.) and trained as an organist at St. Finbarre's Cathedral. After graduating from U.C.C., she continued her studies at Ann Arbor University in the U.S. state of Michigan, where she completed a master's degree in Church Music in 2001. Kehoe was appointed as organist for the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity in 2005 and also acts as musical director for the Cathedral Choir.
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  • July 22, 2017
    Although not catholic we visited this site and even attended mass. The inside structure was much more impressive than the outside. Would have loved to understood the significance of the outside statue...  more »
  • June 30, 2017
    I had a homely feeling in this church and found them also no wonder with its proximity to Waterford crystal weger of the Crystal things worth watching,. Nice chandelier on the ceiling.
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  • June 27, 2017
    Another lovely Cathedral in the centre of Waterford, a must see stop. Always a very warm welcome from the loacals inside these beautiful buildings  more »
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  • May 20, 2017
    Beautiful cathedral worth checking out.
  • February 18, 2017
    Good going to mass there tonight with st stephen de La Salle
  • November 9, 2016
    Beautiful Cathedral in the heart of Waterford City. If you're looking for a few minutes of peaceful bliss then I'd most definitely recommend here.
  • November 14, 2016
    Wonderful to enjoy time out in city centre
  • May 21, 2017
    This is my cathedral.

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