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St. Mary's Church of Ireland

Saint Mary's Church East Avenue Kenmare Place, Killarney, Ireland
+353 64 663 1832
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Beautiful!!!!!!!

We had a very brief visit due to preparations for a wedding going on but we were able to catch a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Janet K
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Saint Louis, Missouri
Beautiful stained galss windows and free concerts

We were fortunate enough to visit when they were having free concerts at night. The Kansas State... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
fredbD5468MO
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The Church was built in 1870s on the site of former churches. It is thought to be the ancient site of the early churches from which the town gets its name "Church of the Sloes" in Irish is Cill Airne (Killarney). This church is noted for its matching set of vibrant stained glass windows, its organ (the church's acoustic is fabulous) and its decoration. It is situated between the Hotel sector and the main shopping area. Many visitors pop in to see the beautiful interior, to pray and light a candle, or for our free concerts which take place in the summer season. The concert programme features visiting choirs and orchestras from around the world. These concerts are free; we invite donations after the concert for our Restoration Appeal. Occasionally there is a ticketed concert (available on the door) to raise money for other causes. All concerts are advertised on the notice board (and our Facebook page) and all start at 8pm. We are especially proud to host each year the Spraoi Chiarrai concerts that feature local young Irish musicians who are being given their first taste of public performance. They play traditional Irish music on traditional instruments. The local Schools of music and dance also have concerts; it can be quite never wracking for these young people as it is their first time in public. This is the Church of Ireland building (not to be confused with the Roman Catholic Cathedral also called St Mary's on the other side of town).
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Saint Mary's Church East Avenue Kenmare Place, Killarney, Ireland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a very brief visit due to preparations for a wedding going on but we were able to catch a glimpse of a fantastic Cathedral!

Thank Janet K
Rector-of-Killarney, Manager at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Glad you had chance to enjoy your visit and have a lovely look round our building. We don't mind people wandering round when we're preparing for services. Some even come in during services to have a sit down and appreciate the beauty of the church.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were fortunate enough to visit when they were having free concerts at night. The Kansas State University chorus was performing when we were there. The church is magnificent and the chorus was superb!More

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Rector-of-Killarney, Manager at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We encourage visiting choirs to come to our church and we invite people off the street to enjoy a free concert, partly because this gives added variety to people's visit and partly because the choirs and orchestras love the beautiful setting and wonderful acoustic. We...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Great find in Galway. This Cathedral has some interesting history and is an amazing piece or architecture. Absolutely worth a visit.More

Thank Joe M
Rector-of-Killarney, Manager at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

This reminds me of the song from Gigi "I remember it well". Killarney is in Co Kerry and there are two St Mary's in the town. Ours is the Church of Ireland in the town centre and the Cathedral on the edge of town is...More

Reviewed 20 April 2017

This was just an unplanned stop while there. But, the history and stained glass was really captivating.

Thank momdadgirls
Rector-of-Killarney, Manager at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, responded to this reviewResponded 18 May 2017

Keeping the church open all day makes it easy for people to pop in on the spur of the moment. This is especially important as the church is so central to the town. We're glad you found us and enjoyed your 'detour'.

Reviewed 6 April 2017

It wont take long to see this beautiful church and like most churches are free to walk in. If the sun is shinning you will get some great pictures of the inside.More

Thank Dan L
Rector-of-Killarney, Manager at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2017

Most of our Stained Glass windows were made in the 1880s by a studio in the North of England. They are remarkable for their vibrant colours and beautiful depictions of a wide range of Bible events. Like all older churches, the building is aligned east-west,...More

Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

Luckily the church was still open when we arrived. It was suppose to be closed. It was very nice inside. The stained glass was beautiful and the organ looked very old.More

Thank lecuru
Rector-of-Killarney, Manager at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2017

Thanks for your review. We switched closing from 6pm to 8pm after St Patrick's Day (the website wasn't updated, sorry). The organ was installed in 1889, the church had only been built 18yrs before when a fire destroyed the original organ (there's a brass plaque...More

Reviewed 3 April 2017

We stopped by because of a poster advertising an American school orchestra concert. The evening and music were nice and the church was beautiful with great acoustics.More

Thank stacey m
Rector-of-Killarney, Manager at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2017

We have a packed schedule of concerts by visiting choirs and orchestras. Our distinctive posters are placed outside the church a day or two before to catch the attention of visitors who are in Killarney only briefly, and for local people who make an impromptu...More

Reviewed 26 January 2017

We were here for the midnight mass on Christmas eve. We also visited the church and grounds earlier in the day.More

Thank GRIMS
Rector-of-Killarney, Manager at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, responded to this reviewResponded 27 January 2017

We are always pleased to welcome visitors to our Christmas Eve service. We had a number of calls from local hotels enquiring about our schedule of Christmas Services the week preceding. Our special services are always posted on our Facebook, Google+ and website pages. Thank...More

Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

I love this church and it's presence in the center of town. The stained glass windows of Jesus are so lovely. I listened to an organ concert on the day before New Years. Only myself and one other. It was special to be on these...More

Thank DoloresJacoby
Rector-of-Killarney, Manager at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, responded to this reviewResponded 12 January 2017

Thanks for your lovely review. You'll have been in our church as the organist was rehearsing for the Sunday service. We too appreciate the quality of sound from the organ. The church is open everyday during daylight hours.

Reviewed 3 December 2016

We attended services on a Sunday. The music was spectacular and the acoustics are not be believed. This church is within walking distance from most places in town..

Thank RippleManatee
Rector-of-Killarney, Manager at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, responded to this reviewResponded 5 December 2016

Thank you so much for your review. We enjoyed your company. Our church is renowned for the wonderful acoustic, we have many concerts during the summer months. Every blessing this Christmas.

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