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St Peter's Cathedral, Belfast

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St. Peter's Cathedral, Belfast. (Ard Eaglais Naomh Peadar) is the Roman Catholic cathedral church for the Diocese of Down and Connor, and is therefore the episcopal seat of the Roman Catholic Bishop of Down and Connor. It is located in the Divis Street area of the Falls Road in Belfast, Northern Ireland and dates from the 1860s. It is home to St Peter's Schola Cantorum (Choir).HistoryThe cathedral was originally a parish church. It was designed by Fr Jeremiah Ryan McAulay, who had trained as an architect before he became a priest, and built on a site donated by a local baker. Bernard Hughes. It opened on 14 October 1866.Until the Reformation the cathedral of the Diocese of Down & Connor had been at Downpatrick. Since that was no longer available, St Peter's was made into a pro-cathedral, or temporary cathedral, for the Diocese, until 29 June 1986, when it became a cathedral in the full sense.Past AdministratorsFrom St Peter's Cathedral website unless otherwise stated: Fr William Blaney: 1866–1873Fr Andrew McAuley: 1873–1882Fr Patrick Convery: 1882–1895Fr John McCartan: 1895–1898Fr John Tohill: 1898–1905Fr Bernard Laverty: 1905–1911Fr John Healy: 1911–1919Fr Thomas McDonald: 1919–1929Fr Alexander McAteer: 1929–1930Fr George McKillop: 1930–1943Fr John McLaverty: 1938–1943Fr George Watson: 1943–1945Fr Leo McKeown: 1945–1949Fr Laurence Higgins: 1949–1955Fr Patrick McAtamney: 1955–1960Fr Joseph McConville: 1960–1963Fr James McCloskey: 1963–1966Fr Sean O’Neill: 1966–1967Canon Padraig Murphy: 1967–1971Fr Francis Teggart: 1971–1974Fr Alec Darragh: 1974–1978Fr Vincent McKinley: 1978–1983Fr Joseph McGurnaghan: 1983–1986Fr Sean Connolly: 1986–1990Fr Anthony Alexander: 1990–1994Monsignor Thomas Toner: 1994–2006Fr Hugh Kennedy: 2006–2016Fr Martin Graham 2016 –
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  • Excellent and informative welcome. Beautiful building. Entry included guide brochure. Good value. Would go again. 
  • Lovely cathedral with a great deal of history. I really enjoyed walking around and taking pictures. Great city. 
  • Its a nice building but is set in area beset with crime. Gangs of rugrats run around outside and assault and car crime are endemic in the surrounding streets. 
  • Very nice building.
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