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Saint Mary's Cathedral
Limerick City Co. Limerick
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Visit St. Mary’s Cathedral in Limerick City which was founded in 1168 A.D. and stands majestically over the city of Limerick on the banks of the River Shannon.

Discover St. Mary’s Cathedral said to be built on the site of a Viking Thingmote (meeting place), and later was the palace of the O’Briens, the former Kings of Munster.

Explore this extraordinary building that has been ever-present during invasions, sieges, battles, wars, famines and times of peace. Keep an eye out for its historical Irish religious art, spanning the last nine centuries. There are six chapels within the cathedral with an altar in Lady Chapel which is four metres long and weighs three tons. It is the cathedral’s original, pre-Reformation High Altar.

Whether you're looking for a place of worship or reflection, self-guided tour, concert or special event, this cathedral is a place of serenity. It is one of the most important medieval buildings still intact in Ireland and is still performing its original function.