Travel Diary: Saint Mary’s Cathedral and Graveyard

St Mary’s Cathedral, Limerick, also known as Limerick Cathedral, is a cathedral of the Church of Ireland in Limerick, Ireland which is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is in the ecclesiastical province of Dublin.

The Cathedral of Saint Mary Blessed Virgin has had a long and eventful history. It was founded in 1168 on the site of a palace donated by Donal Mor O’Brien King of Munster. Experts believe that parts of the palace are incorporated into the present structure of the Cathedral. The most prominent is the West Door which tradition has it was the main entrance to the palace. The palace had been built on the site of the Viking meeting house. This had been the centre of government in the early medieval Viking city.

The Cathedral has seen many changes as the city expanded around it and it remains today the oldest and most historic building in Limerick. It is still used today for its original purpose of worship and prayer.

If the stones of this Cathedral could only talk and tell us what has happened over the centuries, what a story they would tell. It would include the exploits of Kings and Princes, feasts and famines, military victories and defeats and Civic triumphs and disasters. It would also tell of a love and worship of God from countless generations of Limerick people which this building stands in testament to.

The graveyard surrounds the church.

Your trip is not complete without visiting this historic building at the very heart of the city.


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