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Visit St. Colman’s Cathedral (With Your Camera!)

Is it possible to visit Cobh without seeing St. Colman’s Cathedral? The gothic structure overlooks the town and harbour and serves as a helpful landmark for getting your bearings. This well-known and rather lovely cork landmark attracts visitors and tourists from all over the world all year.

St. Colman’s is Ireland’s tallest Cathedral, one of the most beautiful – and possibly most photographed – structures in the country.


The Cathedral has many distinctive artistic and architectural features. Its foundation stone was laid in 1868, but it took 50 years to complete due to the task’s difficulty. Artists from all over the world were brought in to complete the decoration of St. Coleman’s Cathedral during its construction and decoration.


The Telford Organ, installed at the turn of the twentieth century, is one of the Cathedral’s distinguishing features. The Carillion is a unique instrument because it is played on the set of bells in the belfry; it is a magnificent combination of 39 bells, the largest of which is three tones in weight. This structure towers over Cobh Harbor, and naturally, the intercession of Mary was sought as the mother and protector of all those who make their living and travel by sea.


This Cathedral is quite remarkable in many ways, as it stands majestically on the brow of a hill overlooking Cobh harbour, the Port of Cork, and as it stood as the last significant visual that emigrants would have had as they left the town.

Be Sure to bring your camera and your best poses to capture the amazing views.

Visit CobhCathedralParish.ie for more info.

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