St. Aidan's Cathedral, Enniscorthy

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St. Aidan's Cathedral is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Ferns. It is located in Enniscorthy, County Wexford, in Ireland. It was built in 1843 and was designed by Augustus Welby Pugin. The saint to whom the cathedral is dedicated is Máedóc of Ferns (feast day 31 January), also known as Áedan or Aidan, who died in 626, and not to be confused with St. Aidan of Lindisfarne (feast day 31 August), an Irish missionary who died in 651.
Notable features include the façade, a reredos carved from Caen stone and a great north window with intricate stone tracery. The cathedral was subsequently much renovated in line with reforms promulgated by the Second Vatican Council. It was restored to its near original design in 1994 when authentic colours, materials and techniques were used. The restoration took a year, during which time cathedral services were held at St Mary's church (Church of Ireland) nearby.
The cathedral is similar in structure to St Mary's Cathedral, Killarney.
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  • St Aidan's is so special you want to wrap it in cotton wool how often do you see a Pugin building still in daily use with wonderful tiles and ceiling and towers come and visit i take all my visitors f...  more »
  • A must stop while walking past Quaint but beautiful Painted ceiling. Recently restored Easy access. We parked right in front. Grounds also pretty however small  more »
  • Such a amazing Cathedral, its beauty outside and inside is striking....... the workmanship inside is nothing short of perfection and its draped in history with a flag from the 1798 rebellion on display ......I loved it :)
  • A lovely place to visit and enjoy a very tranquil time
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