|Administrator:||Mgr. Cathal Geraghty||(091) 841212|
|Curates:||Fr. Aidan Costello|
|Fr. Sean Egan|
|Loughrea is the cathedral town of the diocese of Clonfert. There are two churches in the parish: the Carmelite church and St. Brendan's cathedral. The Carmelite fathers have been in Loughrea since the year 1300. |
The foundation stone of the cathedral was laid on October 10, 1897. Although small in size the cathedral 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 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 Loughrea Presbytery, Monday to Friday, 10.00 a.m. - 5.30 p.m. (except 11.00 - 11.30 a.m. Mass and 1.00 - 2.00 p.m. lunch).