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Cathedral Altar

Cathedral Altar


Loughrea is the Cathedral Parish of the Diocese of Clonfert. There are two churches in the parish: the Carmelite Abbey and St. Brendan's Cathedral.

The foundation stone of the Cathedral was laid on October 10, 1897. Although small in size it 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 is 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. The audio tour is available from the Parish Office, The Presbytery, Barrack Street.

Office hours - Monday to Friday,

9.30a.m. - 5.30p.m. (1p.m. - 2p.m. lunch)


Telephone: 00 353 91 841212

Fax: 00353 91 847367

Email: loughreacathedral@eircom.net

Items for Parish Newsletter should be sent to loughreacathedralnewsletter@eircom.net before 5pm on Thursday.

Madonna and Child

Madonna and Child



Mass Times

Daily Mass - 11a.m. and 8p.m.

Vigil Mass - Saturday - 8p.m.
Sunday - 10a.m. and 12noon

After Vigil Mass on Saturday







Parish Clergy

Monsignor Cathal Geraghty, P.P., V.G.

Fr. Sean Egan, C.C.

Fr. Aidan Costello, C.C.

Fr. Cronin Glynn, ODC, C.C.




St Patrick

St Patrick

Baptisms - every Sunday at 1pm (Two weeks notice)


Weddings - Monday to Saturday (Three months notice)


Funerals - 11am or 12noon (By arrangement)


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