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An afternoon of events in St Fachnan's Cathedral, Kilfenora

20 August, 2pm - 5pm

Kilfenora Development Ltd and Clare Community Archaeology

  • St Fachnan's Cathedral
  • Kilfenora
  • V95 A786
  • Co. Clare

St Fachnan's Cathedral Kilfenora dates from the 11th century, and has undergone a number of alterations over time; the belfry is thought to have been added in the 14th century, and a doorway added in the 15th century. Following the dissolution of the monasteries, the Cathedral began to be used by the 'Established Church' or Church of Ireland as their place of worship in Kilfenora. In the 1830s, architect for the Board of First Fruits James Payne carried out some works to the Church, with the addition of a vestry and porch, and the insertion of the east window; the former chancel and Lady's Chapel were closed off from the nave at this time.

A programme of cultural events will take place in St Fachnan's Cathedral as part of Heritage Week 2022, focusing on the prominent musical heritage of Kilfenora, and on the history and development of the building itself.

A lecture and musical presentation, entitled 'The Rhythm of the Céilí', will be given by Pat and John Lynch, of the Kilfenora Céilí band (2.15pm-3pm).

A panel discussion featuring local experts John Morgan and Stephen Hegarty will provide some fascinating insights into Kilfenora Cathedral. (3pm-3.45pm)

This event is run with support from Clare County Council and the Heritage Council.

All are welcome.

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