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63c. St Canice Cathedral, Kilkenny

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Worship has taken place at the site of St Canice Cathedral for over 800 years. It contains fine stained glass windows and many historic monuments within this magnificent building and 9th century round tower.

 

Kilkenny Cathedral

St Canice Cathedral, Kilkenny: The round tower was built in AD 849.

 

Kilkenny Cathedral

St Canice Cathedral, Kilkenny: The current cathedral building was started in 1202 under the management of Bishop Hugh de Mapilton and the work was completed under Bishop Geoffrey St Ledger by 1285. In 1332 the bell tower collapsed and was never replaced

 

Kilkenny Cathedral

St Canice Cathedral, Kilkenny: Considerable restoration work was done in 1843-1877, 1959-1962 and 1982-1985.

 

Kilkenny Cathedral

St Canice Cathedral, Kilkenny: One of several magnificently carved medieval tombs in the Cathedral.

 

Kilkenny Cathedral

 

Kilkenny Cathedral

 

Kilkenny Cathedral

St Canice Cathedral, Kilkenny: Looking east down the nave, with the north aisle (left) and south aisle (right), through the chancel arch to the altar and the east window..

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Kilkenny Cathedral

 

Kilkenny Cathedral

St Canice Cathedral, Kilkenny: The Kyteler slab - The Bishop Ledrede and the Alice Kyteler Witchcraft case - The slab was found outside the home of Dame Alice Kyteler, Kilkenny's famous witch!

 

Kilkenny Cathedral

St Canice Cathedral, Kilkenny: The tomb of James Shortals and Katherine Whyte 1507. The inscription reads "Here lie JAMES SCHORTALS, Lord of Ballylarkin and Ballykeefe who had this tomb made in 1507 and his wife KATHERINE WHYTE". It was the fashion of the time to commission your tomb while you were still alive, which he still was in 1534 aged ~70!

 

Kilkenny Cathedral

St Canice Cathedral, Kilkenny: The richly carved side of James Shortals Tomb - The figures are St. Peter, Paul, James minor, Thomas, Bartholomew and John.

 

Kilkenny Cathedral

St Canice Cathedral, Kilkenny: The tomb of John Grace 1552 and his wife Honorina Brenach. The tomb is signed by Rory O'Tunny with six Apostles along the side (see picture below).

 

Kilkenny Cathedral

St Canice Cathedral, Kilkenny: The finely carved sides of  John Grace's tomb, the Crucifixion at the end and six apostles along the side..

 

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Kilkenny Cathedral

St Canice Cathedral, Kilkenny: A few examples of fine stone carving can still be seen on the capitals of the pillars.

Kilkenny Cathedral

 

Kilkenny Cathedral

 

Kilkenny Cathedral

St Canice Cathedral, Kilkenny: This is probably the oldest tomb in the Cathedral, it is either that of Bishop Hugh de Mapilton (1251-1260) or Bishop Geffrey Dt. Ledger (1260-1287).

 

Kilkenny Cathedral

St Canice Cathedral, Kilkenny: The mighty columns supporting the arches of the nave aisles.

 

Kilkenny Cathedral

St Canice Cathedral, Kilkenny: The rib vaulting under the tower was added purely for decorative purposes in 1475.

 

Kilkenny Cathedral

St Canice Cathedral, Kilkenny: Looking through the chancel arch into the aisled chancel.

 

Kilkenny Cathedral

St Canice Cathedral, Kilkenny: The altar and east window. The east window depicts many scenes in the life of Christ. The original window was installed in the 14th century but in 1650 it was completely destroyed by Cromwell's army. Fortunately drawings of the window had been made in the 14th century so that the window could be 'reproduced' and reinstated in 1875.

 

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Kilkenny Cathedral

St Canice Cathedral, Kilkenny: The fine woodwork of the hammer beam roof of the chancel.

Kilkenny Cathedral

 

Kilkenny Cathedral

St Canice Cathedral, Kilkenny: The tomb? of Bishop Richard Ledrede, known as the most illustrious Bishop of Ossory in the 14th century. He was responsible for bringing to trial the famous Kilkenny witch Dame Alice Kyteler. He repainted the half-ruined cathedral and embellished it with a magnificent east window depicting scenes from the life of Christ.

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Tomb? detail of previous picture.

 

Kilkenny Cathedral

St Canice Cathedral, Kilkenny: The tombs of Piers Butler 8th Earl of Ossory (died 1539) and his wife Margaret Fitzgerald (died 1542).

Kilkenny Cathedral

St Canice Cathedral, Kilkenny: Tomb of Piers Butler 8th Earl of Ossory and his wife Margaret Fitzgerald

 

Kilkenny Cathedral

St Canice Cathedral, Kilkenny: Tomb of Piers Butler 8th Earl of Ossory and his wife Margaret Fitzgerald

 

Kilkenny Cathedral

St Canice Cathedral, Kilkenny: Tomb of Piers Butler 8th Earl of Ossory and his wife Margaret Fitzgerald

 

Kilkenny Cathedral

St Canice Cathedral, Kilkenny: Tomb of Piers Butler 8th Earl of Ossory and his wife Margaret Fitzgerald

 

Kilkenny Cathedral

St Canice Cathedral, Kilkenny: Tomb of Piers Butler 8th Earl of Ossory and his wife Margaret Fitzgerald

 

Kilkenny Cathedral

St Canice Cathedral, Kilkenny: Tomb of Piers Butler 8th Earl of Ossory and his wife Margaret Fitzgerald

 

Kilkenny Cathedral

St Canice Cathedral, Kilkenny: Tomb of Piers Butler 8th Earl of Ossory and his wife Margaret Fitzgerald

 

Kilkenny Cathedral

St Canice Cathedral, Kilkenny: Grave stone of James Butler 9th Earl of Ossory

 

Kilkenny Cathedral

St Canice Cathedral, Kilkenny: James Butler 9th Earl of Ossory

 

 

Kilkenny Cathedral

St Canice Cathedral, Kilkenny: The tomb of James Butler 9th Earl of Ossory

 

Kilkenny Cathedral

St Canice Cathedral, Kilkenny: James Butler 9th Earl of Ossory

 

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Kilkenny Cathedral

 

Kilkenny Cathedral

 

Kilkenny Cathedral

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