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St. Brendans Cathedral

St. Brendans Cathedral


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 a “Treasure House of Celtic Revival Art”.

Loughrea is the Cathedral Parish of the Diocese of Clonfert. There are two churches in the parish: the Carmelite Abbey and St. Brendan’s Cathedral.

The foundation stone of the Cathedral was laid on October 10, 1897. Although small in size it is large in its interior magnificence. It has been described as the jewel in the crown of the Celtic Revival.


Services & Facilities

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 the Parish Office, The Presbytery, Barrack Street.



Loughrea is connected to the M6 Dublin-Galway motorway via the N65.


Opening Hours

Office hours – Monday to Friday,

9.30 a.m. – 5.30 p.m. (1.00 – 2.00 p.m. lunch)


Contact Details 

Telephone:  00 353 91 841212

Fax: 00353 91 847367

Email: office@loughreacathedral.ie


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