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St. Finbarr's South Church
Cork City, Co. Cork
St. Finbarr’s South Church is the oldest Catholic church still in use in Cork City. It was built in 1766 and extended in 1809 to accommodate an increase in attendance. It features a work by renowned Irish sculptor, John Hogan.

Also known as the South Chapel, St. Finbarr’s South is a lovely Catholic church that dates back to 1776. Consequentially, it is the oldest Catholic church still in use in Cork City.

St. Finbarr’s South was originally constructed in an L shape, though in 1809 it was extended and became a cruciform structure. Inside, the altar boasts a beautiful sculpture of the Dead Christ created by Irishman John Hogan.

Why we like it
  • Visit the oldest Catholic Church in use today in Cork city.  
  • See the magnificent sculpture of the Dead Christ by internationally renowned sculpture John Hogan.
  • If tracing your ancestors you'll find a huge bank of records held here.  
Tips from locals

Visit a beautiful Gothic style church with spectacular stained glass windows by Harry Clarke in Holy Trinity Church, just across the river.

Free to visit
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Contact details
Dunbar St, Ballintemple, Cork, Co. Cork, T12 X21, Ireland
Visit duration

We recommend planning to spend .5 hours here.

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