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St. Eugene's Cathedral, Derry

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St Eugene's Cathedral is the Roman Catholic cathedral located in Derry, Northern Ireland. It is the "Mother Church" for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Derry, as well as the parish Church of the parish of Templemore.HistoryIt wasn't until the Roman Catholic Relief Act 1829, that the possibility of building a Roman Catholic cathedral in Derry could be contemplated. Fundraising for the building of the cathedral took place from 1840. Work began on the construction of the cathedral in 1849. The cathedral's location is next to Francis Street and Creggan Street in Derry. The total cost of building the cathedral amounted to just over £40,000. Money was raised not just in Derry and Ireland, but also in America where around £4,000 was raised. The architect commissioned to design the cathedral was J.J. McCarthy who had already built numerous cathedrals across Ireland. The plan of the cathedral is a simple neo-gothic expression.The cathedral was officially opened on 4 May 1873 by the then Bishop of Derry, Francis Kelly. The project to build the cathedral's bell tower and spire was postponed until a further date as no funds were available for the project. At first the cathedral's windows were made of just plain glass due to lack of funds. It was not until the late 1890s when stained glass windows were installed. Work on the bell tower and spire began on 13 August 1900, with the contract to build the tower and spire being awarded to Courtney and Co from Belfast. Work was completed on 19 June 1903.
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  • Beautiful cathedral. Very spacious and well laid out. We had a child's confirmation there, we thought the choir was fantastic. Well worth a visit. 
  • A historic building with a magnificent spire and some wonderful stained glass. I understand that the huge stained-glass window behind the high altar is the largest in Ireland and the second largest in...  more »
  • This Cathedral was stunning. I attended Mass during our visit and it was beautiful to attend Mass in such a lovely Cathedral because these types of churches are no longer built. The Bishop said Mass a...  more »
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  • Beautiful cathedral sitting on the top of the Derry hills