The county of Galway is proud to be home to the youngest European Cathedral, The Galway Cathedral. Built in 1965, it’s ancient and historic look may lead you to believe otherwise. The cathedral is one of the biggest monuments in the Galway city that has to offer and is a focal point of attraction with not only tourists but Galway locals as well. Not only does the cathedrals background and start-up have an interesting story to tell, but the ground it stands on is just oozing with history and is constantly looking for more people to educate as a prison which was responsible for hundreds of deaths once stood there.
The cathedral has had an on-going fund put towards it since 1876 and seeing as it was only recently built, this shows the dedication and commitment from the Irish people to have his beautiful tribute built. Costing nearly a million Irish pounds, the people abroad and at home who contributed were delighted to see that finally in 1941, the keys to the neglected jail were handed over to Bishop Michael Browne who got to work on the building of the Cathedral straight away. He appointed one of Ireland’s leading architects John J. Robinson and he didn’t fail to disappoint. Construction began on the grounds of the cathedral in 1949 and the planning continued on until 1957. Once the planning was complete, the foundation stone was blessed by Cardinal D’Alton, the Archbishop of Armagh and at last the construction of this historic building to be was ready to be started on February 1958. After nearly eight exciting and long years the masterpiece was finally complete, making it the youngest Europe’s great stone Cathedrals. Since then, the cathedral has been a huge attraction, with thousands of people flocking in to get a taste of an Irish Service.
The cathedral is now a seat to the Bishop of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora and acts as a mother church of a diocese. It also acts as a symbol of the bishops teaching authority in Ireland.
The Cathedral also offers services such as daily masses which are available through-out the day every day. The Sunday Masses are especially popular with the locals as well as visitors and are also available through-out the day. For those who would like to create their memories in Galway, there are other services available in the Galway Cathedral such as marriages, first communions and confirmations.
Galway Cathedral also offers music in most major services that is accompanied by the choir which was established at the Cathedral’s opening in 1965. The choir perform at 11am mass each Sunday so make sure to pop in and see the amazing performance by the choir in person!
Situated on the banks of the River Corrib, a picnic in the Cathedral grounds would be a perfect day out for you, family and friends. The Galway Cathedral is located within a walking distance from Maldron Hotel, Sandy Road Galway which is only a 20 minute walk, or else you can opt for other methods of transport such as the Galway city bus, number 407 bus which will take you to a stop just by the Cathedral and it runs every 30 minutes from the bus stop just outside the Maldron Hotel, Sandy Road, Galway. We also have a Taxi service available on demand at any time if you enquire with the reception desk. Once you’re at the Cathedral it is only a few minute walk into the Galway city centre which means once you’re finished exploring the Galway Cathedral, you won’t have to go far to explore the rest if the city! Why not pop in and take a tour around this stunning piece of art work which is sure to fascinate you.