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29b. Waterford (3) The Two Cathedrals of Waterford and the Franciscan Friary Church

SCENES from IRELAND - County Waterford

Has two great cathedrals, Christ Church dates back to Strongbow and the Norman times of Waterford Town, the RC Holy Trinity church dates from much more recent times.

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CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL

The might tower and spire of Christ Church Cathedral, Waterford - Scenes around Waterford Town, County Waterford, Ireland

Christ Church Cathedral has been a place of Christian worship for over a 1000 years.

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The tower and grand west entrance to Christ Church Cathedral.

 

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Looking east into the 'nave' and high altar beyond with the organ above the entrance to the main scene of worship.

The current building is the third church on this site. The first was built by the Vikings in 1096 and was later the venue for the wedding of the English knight Strongbow (the Anglo-Norman Richard de Clare, Earl of Pembroke) and the Irish Princess, Aoife (daughter of the King of Leinster), in 1170. This union would change the course of Irish history for ever and ended the Viking era in Ireland. This was not a love match, this was a shrewd political and military alliance!

By 1210 the Normans had taken over Waterford and built a new medieval cathedral which expanded with side chapels over the next few hundred years. Unfortunately by the 18th century it was in quite a state of disrepair and in 1773 the Norman Gothic Cathedral was demolished and the present cathedral began. This 'Georgian' church was completed in 1779 from a design by local architect John Roberts.

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The west entrance area, via the main west door entrance is full of memorials and a place to have a quiet cup of tea, coffee and snack! This is the first impressive part you see of this fine Neo-Classical Georgian building of the late 18th century.

 

 

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Part of a medieval 'memorial' tombstone in amongst the grand Georgian memorial tablets!

 

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The memorial to Susanna Mason whose grandfather had witnessed the Cromwellian occupation of Waterford when the Cathedral was used as a barracks! She ran a well-known girls school in 18th century Waterford.

 

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The memorial to Bishop Foy the founder of the Bishop Foy School which produced many distinguished scholars.

 

 

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The 'Warriors Tomb' which dates from the early 16th century. It depicts in some fine detail, a man in full armour lying on his back. The knight was a member of the powerful Power or Butler family.

 

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Details of the 'Warriors Tomb'

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The dog at the feet of the 'Warrior'

 

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The chest and head of the 'Warrior'

 

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The base of a pillar from the Norman Cathedral with other fragments from the medieval church.

 

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One of the fine stained glass windows of Christ Church. This is the A.E. Child stained glass window 'Joy and Sorrow'.

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The splendid restored Elliot organ.

 

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The Roberts 1914-1918 War Memorial is a First World War brass memorial plaque to the deaths of five grandsons of Colonel E. Roberts and the death of a great grandson in World War Two. Indeed, Fortuna Desperata, for this tragic family loss.

 

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The Fitzgerald Memorial. The family is associated with Waterford's 'the Island' where their home still is in the form of Waterford Castle Hotel. The figure of Piety gloomily holding a medallion on which are depicted the deceased Fitzgeralds in the guise of Roman patricians. Towards her advances Old Father Time grasping an hour glass, broken and held upside down.

 

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The richly carved tomb of James Rice who was Mayor of Waterford several times in the 15th century.

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The fine columns flank the aisle up to the altar.

 

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Some of the stunning stucco plasterwork on the ceiling of a style you would see in many 18th century palaces and stately homes of Europe.

 

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The altar beyond to massive classical columns.

 

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Above the altar is the Hebrew inscription YHWH, the Tetragrammaton, the title of God in four Hebrew letters. This stands for Yahweh or Jehovah and is read from right to left - a reminder of Jewish roots of Christianity.

 

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A 'highlighted' pigeon high up above the altar!

A REALLY INTERESTING CHURCH TO VISIT


HOLY TRINITY ROMAN CATHOLIC CATHEDRAL

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The Holy Trinity RC Cathedral in Barronstrand Street dates from ~1773 and was designed by John Roberts, who also designed Christ Church Cathedral and much more of the Georgian buildings and architecture of Waterford. It is quite unusual for one architect to design both the Protestant and Catholic Cathedrals, in fact unique in the cities of Europe!

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The Parish of the Cathedral of St Patrick

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The mighty painted and decorated columns of this grand, but somewhat dark 'basilica'.

 

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The Waterford Crystal Glass piece designed for, and presented to Holy Trinity, on the Bicentenary of the building of Holy Trinity Cathedral in 1993.

 

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Some of the fine stained glass windows of Holy Trinity Cathedral.

 


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