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Posted on December 11, 2017 by Sioux under General
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Back in Cork City, I visited the three spired Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral (Ardeaglais Naomh Fionnbarra). Each of the three spires support a Celtic cross in reference to Saint Patrick, seen as a foundational ancestor by both Irish Catholics and Protestants. 

Legend has it that after Finbarr died, his

remains were brought to Cork to be

enclosed in a shrine located on the site of

today’s cathedral. During the early

medieval period the site suffered, but

survived, wars, waves of church building

and damage through neglect.


Around 1536, the cathedral became part of the Established Church, later known as the Church of Ireland. The previous building was constructed in the 1730’s, but was widely regarded as plain and featureless. Its demolition and re-building was commissioned in the mid-19th century and work began in 1863. 

Saint Fin Barre’s foundation stone was laid in 1865 and the

cathedral was consecrated in 1870, with the spires being

completed by October 1879. The entrances contain effigies

of over a dozen biblical figures, as well as many other

elaborate sculptures and gargoyles. 

The Last Judgement

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Archaeological evidence suggests the first building at the site of Fin Barre’s, a monastery founded by the legendary Finbarr of Cork, probably dates from the 7th century, and comprised of a church and round tower which survived until the 12th century, after which it fell into neglect, or was destroyed during the Norse invasions. 

Rose window also known as the Creation Window 

The “Resurrection Angel” crowning the sanctuary roof, is made of copper covered with gold leaf.


The use of gold leaf elsewhere in the external decoration, and the glowing colours of the stained glass adds to the dramatic impact of the building.

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IMG_3739 LR (1 of 1) The Last Judgement
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A fantastic, relaxing and interesting day out to end off my trip to Ireland. I will definitely be back!

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Paul; James minor; John and Luke

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Sculptures of both male and female occupations and professions line the inside arches above the doors.

The Bridegroom

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One response to “Rekindling old friendships #8 – kiss that stone! #3”

  1. Cheryl Wilkinson says:

    Would love to go to Ireland one day so glad you shared all this info and beautiful pics!

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