Friends of St Mary's Cathedral


The Friends of the Cathedral was established in 2021 and launched by Bishop Dermot Farrell in the Cathedral on the Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord, January 10th.

St Mary’s Cathedral is at the heart of the Diocese and a jewel in Kilkenny, the city of St Canice.  It is the cathedral church of the diocese of Ossory, the oldest diocese in Ireland.  It is at the centre of the diocese and is the seat of the Bishop of Ossory.  It is the parish church of St Mary’s; the Bishop of Ossory is its parish priest.

What a gift St Mary’s is that we have received from previous generations: it’s Foundation Stone laid in 1843, consecrated in 1857, restored in the 1890s, adorned with mosaics in the 1930s, re-ordered in 1977, and the sanctuary beautifully restored in 2011.

And now, it is our turn.  The Friends of St Mary’s Cathedral will support the work of the Cathedral enabling through their active support and financial commitment the development of St Mary’s as a centre for tourists and pilgrims, for parishioners and the wider community of the Diocese of Ossory alike.

Through the generous support and commitment of parishioners, building upon the goodwill of visitors and pilgrims who visit St Mary’s and through a sense of fellowship and support from the FRIENDS OF ST MARY’S it is hoped to continue to develop the Cathedral and to undertake to:

Develop the Cathedral as a centre for tourist and pilgrims;

Restore the Cathedral Crib;

Restore The Lady Chapel and The Chapel of St Joseph.


What can you do?  Join the Friends of the Cathedral and commit to a financial monthly/yearly contribution to St Mary’s.  A donation of €5, €20, €20 or €50 monthly or its equivalent annually will make a tremendous difference.  The price of a cup of coffee monthly from as many as possible will ensure that we can plan and bring about great changes to our Cathedral.  Be part of it and…


Together we will ensure that our Cathedral may continue to be

a place of mystery and grace,

a place of warmth and welcome,

a place of private prayer and petition,

a place for lighting candles and passing the time of day with saints,

a place for silent companionship with the Lord,

a place where the people of God can enter the life of God and celebrate the sacraments.

How to become a friend of St Mary’s…..