St. Finbarre’s Cathedral

Saint Finbarre’s Cathedral, also spelled Saint Fin Barre’s Cathedral is a Church of Ireland cathedral located in Cork City. The site of the cathedral has been a place of worship since the 7th century. The three spires of the cathedral are one of Cork’s main landmarks. It is the seat of the Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, currently Bishop Paul Colton. It is named after Cork’s patron saint.

The exterior is very ornate, the architect William Burges was an enthusiast of 13th century Gothic architecture and this building is the realisation of his dream. All aspects of the designs was controlled by Burges. All the designs for the external sculpture was modelled by Thomas Nicholls in London and brought to Cork to be copied by a team of masons based onsite. Accordingly the exterior is covered with gargoyles of all sizes and descriptions.

Outside of service times there is an admission charge to the main body of the Cathedral – but those who wish to pray privately are welcome to use the Dean’s Chapel.