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Loughrea Cathedral   ~  Loughrea

Loughrea is the cathedral town of Ireland's smallest diocese, Clonfert, and St. Brendan's Cathedral is a place of interest for students of the art of stained glass, having windows by Evie Hone and others.

The building was designed by William Byrne in 1897, and completed five years later.

St Brendan's Cathedral Loughrea County Galway
St. Brendan's Catholic Cathedral in Loughrea is arguably one of the country's greatest contributions to European art of the twentieth century. It is an absolute must for anyone interested in modern Irish stained glass.

Its only unusual architectural features are its double transepts. But it is the decoration of the church interior that makes a visit such an enriching and spiritual experience.

The foundation stone of the cathedral was laid on October 10, 1897. Although small in size the cathedral is large in its interior magnificence. It has been described as the jewel in the crown of the Celtic Revival. Loughrea gets its name from the Irish Baile Locha Riach, the town of the Grey Lake. The cathedral lies on the northern shore of this beautiful lake.

St. Brendan's cathedral has been described as a Treasure House of Celtic Revival art. The International Arts & Crafts Movement of the late 19th century sought to reunite the artist and the craftsman. It was born out of a reaction to the mass production of the industrial era and found fertile ground in Ireland during the Celtic Revival period (c. 1880 - 1930).

St. Brendan's Cathedral is unique in that it was the first building in Ireland to be comprehensively decorated by the budding Irish Arts & Crafts Movement of this time.

Visitors and locals alike can now enjoy a 30 minute audio tour of the Cathedral. The tour, available in English, French, German, Italian and Dutch introduces the visitor to Irish church art of international renown, with pride of place going to the unrivalled collection of Irish stained glass.

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