Saint Mary’s Cathedral

Saint Mary’s was founded in 1168 and is the oldest building still in use in Limerick City.

The Cathedral stands in the heart of the medieval city. Originally the Royal Palace for the Kings of Thomond, it was gifted to the Church in 1168.

The Cathedral was built where the palace of the late King of Munster, Donal Mór O’Brien once stood. During the last eight centuries, it has witnessed invasions, sieges, battles, wars, famine, unrest and times of great peace.

Saint Mary’s is an extraordinarily complex building representing developments from the mid-twelfth century to the later twentieth century – a treasure of Irish religious art.

Amongst other things, see the lepers squint, the medieval misericords, the Pearse reredos, the beautiful brass candelabra, the wonderful stained glass and the grounds, which overlook the River Shannon.

Saint Mary’s Cathedral
Bridge Street
V94 E068

Open daily, year round

Monday to Saturday: 09:00 to 16:00 (last admission 15:30)
Sunday: Closed
Bank Holidays: 11:00 to 15:00 (last admission 14:30)

Closed: Saint Mary’s Cathedral is closed on December 26th and 27th and on January 1st.

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