Introduction to
St Mary’s Cathedral

Welcome to St Mary’s Cathedral… a jewel in the medieval city of Kilkenny St Mary’s is the Cathedral Church and Seat of the Bishop of Ossory and the Parish Church of St Mary’s in the heart of the city – a living place of faith and prayer that serves both the diocese and the parish. Céad Míle Faílte, Welcome, Bienvenue.

Welcome to
The Cathedral Café –
A Slice of Serenity In Medieval Kilkenny

Located in the restored Chapter House of St Mary’s Cathedral in the heart of the city under the shadow of the Cathedral Tower. A place steeped in history where you can relax in serene surroundings and allow yourself a touch of indulgence.

Welcome to
St Mary’s Cathedral

A place of mystery, a place of warmth, a place of private prayer and intercession, a place of nooks and crannies, a place for lighting candles and passing the time of day with saints, a place of companionship with the Lord, a place to celebrate, a place to be renewed, a place to be united with God.

Welcome to
St Mary’s Cathedral Gift Shop…

A place to browse among books, buy a souvenir, get a rosary bead, source a gift for First Holy Communion or Confirmation, prepare for baptism with a candle for a newly born, send a card with prayerful wishes.

Céad Míle Fáilte

Nestled in the heart of the medieval city of Kilkenny St Mary’s Parish, similar to the other three parishes of the city, serves the people of its geographic area and those who regularly worship in the Cathedral. From Friary Street to the River Breagagh the parish embraces the heart of the ancient city: High Street, Parliament Street and the Watergate, Abbey Street and James Street; ancient laneways that carry names of yesteryear; squares and greens, streets which remember heroes Emmet and Parnell, saints like Dominic and Francis, churchmen such as Murphy and Cavanagh; from the River Nore westward to the townlands of Clonmoran and Poulgour, Drakelands and Castleinch. The parish is the smallest of the four city parishes.

Cathedral Livestream

Join us in St Mary’s Cathedral through our webcam. Through technology you will be able to participate in the celebrations in our Cathedral.

Monthly Draw

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Friends of St Mary’s Cathedral

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Celebrating your Marriage
in St Mary’s Cathedral

Join a long list of couples who have exchanged their vows in the beautiful church of St Mary’s and become part of the story of our cathedral.  For more details, please view the information page

Marriage Information Booklet

Mass Times

Monday – Saturday
The Cathedral: 9:00 am

The Cathedral: 11:00 am, 5:30 pm
Capuchin Friary: 10:30 am (Mass as Gaeilge), 12 noon
Black Abbey: 10:00 am, 12 noon, 6:00 pm

Sacrament of Reconciliation
First Saturday of the Month in the Cathedral or by appointment

Capuchin Friary: 10:30 am and 5:40 pm
Black Abbey: 10.30am, 1:10 pm

Sunday & Holy Days Vigil Mass – Saturday
Capuchin Friary: 5:40 pm
Black Abbey: 6:10 pm

Synodal Conversations

Synodal Conversations

Pope Francis is encouraging the Church throughout the world to continue with the synodal conversations - ensuring the...

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