Website and Webcam

The website costs the parish nearly €5000 each year.  It is a vital and very necessary facility in these days of lockdown.  Please support the parish financially through the Donate Button to help defray some of this cost.

First Holy Communion and Confirmation 2021

Both sacraments will be scheduled in September/October 2021 – in keeping with Government guidelines in this Covid 19 times.

11th Sunday of Ordinary Time

St Mary’s Cathedral WEBCAM – 11am & 5.30pm


Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer,
Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
To you God entrusted his only Son;
in you Mary placed her trust;
with you Christ became man.

Blessed Joseph, to us too,
show yourself a father
and guide us in the path of life.
Obtain for us grace, mercy, and courage,
and defend us from every evil.  Amen.


Take my hand O Blessed Mother, Hold me firmly lest I fall,

I am nervous when I am walking, And to thee I humbly call.

Guide me over every crossing, Watch me when I am on my way,

Let me know you are beside me, Listen to my frequent prayers.

Bring me to my destination, Safely every single day,

Help me with my understanding, As the hours pass away.

And when evening falls upon me, And I fear to be alone,

Take my hand O Blessed Mother,

And once again guide me home.

Prayer during this time of Pandemic


LIFT the darkness of anxiety and fear;

ENLIGHTEN those searching for a cure;

COMFORT those who are suffering;

STRENGTHEN those who are helping;

ASSURE the light of the Risen Lord on those who have died.



Become a friend of St Mary’s Cathedral…Through the small contribution of many we can do great things together…

Become A Friend of St Mary’s Cathedral

More Information: Friends of St Mary’s Cathedral


Mass will be celebrated each morning at 9am – Churches now open for people to attend mass and will also be available on the webcam:  Cathedral Webcam


The Cathedral Gift Shop has reopened in line with Government Guidelines.

Church supplies and other goods also available from the Parish Office.

Celebration of the Sacrament of Baptism

 Please contact the Parish Office to book a Baptism.

Celebration of the Sacrament of Marriage

 Please contact the Parish Office to book a wedding.  In accordance with Government guidelines numbers at the celebration are restricted.  Further information available which may help with planning.

Cathedral Draw

The next draw will be held on Wednesday 28th July.  Thanks for all the support.

Draw Results June 21

St Mary’s Parish Facebook Page

Visit St Mary’s Parish Facebook Page:  St Marys Parish Kilkenny


Welcome to St Mary's Cathedral

Welcome to St Mary's Cathedral.

Casting a watching eye and blessing over the city of Kilkenny for over 160 years this magnificent cathedral of St Mary's stands proud at 162 feet (49 metres) in length, 100 feet (30 metres) wide in the transepts and with a central tower that is 186 feet and six inches (57 metres) to the pinnacles of the tower. The foundation stone was laid on 18 August 1843 and it was opened and consecrated on 4 October 1857 by the Bishop of Ossory, Most Reverend Edward Walsh.

In the years that have followed every generation has contributed to the beauty of the building – adding altars and statues, Stations of the Cross and mosaic decorations, murals and paintings, and in more recent years cleaning and preserving.
This church is a living place of faith and prayer. It is a parish church serving the needs of the parishioners of the oldest part of the Marble City. It is a place where hundreds have gathered in song and celebration: welcoming new bishops and newly ordained priests, witnessing weddings, burying the dead, celebrating First Communions, welcoming the Holy Spirit in Confirmation – a place that has celebrated life and death, joys and sorrows.

It is a place which welcomes the lonely individual as well as the Sunday congregation. It is a place of beauty and repose which gives rest to the soul. It is 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.

Enjoy your visit to our website. If you are in Kilkenny drop in to visit our beautiful Cathedral.

Le gach dea ghuí

Richard Scriven

Mass Times

St. Mary's Cathedral, Kilkenny

Sunday & Holy Days Vigil Mass - Saturday 5.40pm (Capuchin Friary)
6.10pm (Black Abbey)
Sunday 11.00am, 5.30pm (The Cathedral)
Holy Days 9am (The Cathedral)
Monday - Saturday 9.00am (The Cathedral)
Sacrament of Reconciliation First Saturday of the Month in the Cathedral or by appointment

On the occasion of a funeral the 9am weekday Mass will be celebrated.