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Thurles

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Cathedral Street, Thurles, Co. Tipperary
Sunday
8:30 am 10:30 am 12 noon
Saturday
Vigil Mass - 7:30 pm
Monday
8:00 am 11:00am
Tuesday
8:00 am 11:00am
Wednesday
8:00 am 11:00am
Thursday
8:00 am 11:00am
Friday
8:00 am 11:00am
For further details please see www.thurlesparish.ie
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Sunday
9:30 am 11:30am
Saturday
Vigil Mass 6:30 pm
Monday
10:00am
Tuesday
10:00am
Wednesday
10:00am
Thursday
10:00am
Friday
10:00am
For further details please see www.thurlesparish.ie
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Sunday
8:30 am 10:30 am 12 noon
Saturday
Vigil Mass - 7:30 pm
Monday
8:00 am 11:00am
Tuesday
8:00 am 11:00am
Wednesday
8:00 am 11:00am
Thursday
8:00 am 11:00am
Friday
8:00 am 11:00am
For further details please see www.thurlesparish.ie

Introduction

The Cathedral is the fourth church to be built on this site. The first one recorded was a Carmelite church built in the early fourteenth century. After the dissolution of the monasteries in the 1530’s it fell into disrepair. The second church, known as the Matthew Chapel was built around the mid eighteenth century under the partronage of George Matthew who lived in Thurles at the time. The third church built on the site was known as the ‘Big Chapel’ and was dedicated to Saint Patrick. This church was a spacious, T-shaped building built between 1807-1808 at a cost of £10,000. The big chapel served as the Cathedral until the early 1860’s.

The fourth Church built here is the present Cathedral. Work began on it in 1861. Dr. Patrick Leahy who was Archbishop at the time decided to replace the ‘Big Chapel’ with a more grandiose structure. He regarded the ‘Big Chapel’ as “not worthy of this great diocese much less to be the metropolitan church of Munster”. Dr. Leahy loved all things Roman: chant, Roman ceremonies and buildings. The Archbishop engaged the well-known and established church architect of the day, J.J. McCarthy, who abandoned his normal Gothic revival style to accommodate Dr. Leahy’s preference. So McCarthy used an Italianate Romanesque style. The Cathedral is modelled on the Cathedral of Pisa in Northern Italy. The foundation stone was laid in 1865 and by 1870 it was roofed and the work began on the interior. The consecration was performed by Dr. Leahy’s successor, Dr. Thomas Croke on 22nd June 1879. The total cost of construction of the Cathedral was £30,000. The bulk of the finance came from within the Diocese and the debt was cleared by its completion. Dr. Leahy was a skillful fundraiser. He levied each parish according to its ability to pay thus maximizing the return from the diocese. Dr. Leahy visited every Church in the Dioceses seeking support for the Cathedral and he also sent collectors abroad to Canada, America and England to tap the Irish in these countries.

Special Features

The most interesting and beautiful feature of the Cathedral is the high-domed and elaborate tabernacle. This was designed by Giacoma della Porta who was one of the architects of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and was a student of Michelangelo. This tabernacle was made for the Gesu Church in Rome. When the Gesu was being renovated in the mid-nineteenth century, Dr. Leahy purchased the tabernacle for Thurles. It is made from giallo antico, rosso antico, africano – beautiful antique marbles. The door is bronze with a silver host bearing the letters I.H.S. The two front pillars are Galway marble.

The tabernacle rested on the Altar until the renovations of the 1970s.

The Altar is of white marble inlaid with precious stones (malachite, lapis, lazuli, rosso agate, to mention a few) and a variety of other marbles. The white marble is supported by an arcading of sixteen columns – six of which are yellow Sienna marble, six griotte and four of vert campan – with their bases and capitals of bronze supporting the table of the altar which rests on solid masonry. On one side of the Cathedral, to the left as you look from the front gates, is the bell tower or campanile which is one hundred and fifty feet high and is Thurles’ most important landmark. The tower clock was presented to the people of Thurles by Dr. Croke on the occasion of his silver jubilee in 1895. Originally it had three faces but a fourth was added later. On the other side of the Cathedral is the free standing Baptistery which resembles that of Pisa and other European Cathedrals in being separate from the main building. It is built in the Byzantine style of limestone quarried locally. The dome of the baptistery was recoated with copper in 1927. The Baptismal Font in the Baptistery is unusual in that it was originally used as a fountain. Sea horses support the basin and it has four inter-twined serpents carved above its upper rim. A stained glass window in the baptistery appropriately depicts the Baptism of the Lord. The Rose Window in the façade of the building was designed and erected by Messrs. Mayer and Co. of Munich. The stained glass windows in the apse behind the sacristy portray figures from the Bible of Christ, of Our Lady and the saints.

New Baptismal Font & Aumbry

These are situated in the north transept of the Cathedral. They are the work of Mark Ryan, liturgical designer. They are made of cast bronze mounted on Portland stone. The new font was necessary to accommodate the large numbers attending christening ceremonies and its presence in the cathedral building is a constant reminder to all visitors of our faith journey.

The Aumbry contains the holy oils – Catechumens; Chrism; Infirmorum; that are used in the celebration of the sacraments of Baptism, Anointing of the Sick, Ordination and Confirmation.

Blessed Sacrament Chapel:

The former mortuary chapel and later the Croke chapel is the Blessed Sacrament Chapel since 1997. As part of the recent restoration project Mark Ryan was commissioned to design a new repository for the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. Linking with the Aumbry and new Baptismal Font we see his use of cast bronze mounted on Portland stone. His design is inspired by the story of the ‘Burning Bush’ in Exodus 3: 1- 6. From the middle of the bush Yahweh spoke to Moses and dcelared himself to be “the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob”. It was here that Moses accepted God’s call to free his people from slavery in Egypt.

→ More details about Cathedral of the Assumption
Sunday
9:30 am 11:30am
Saturday
Vigil Mass 6:30 pm
Monday
10:00am
Tuesday
10:00am
Wednesday
10:00am
Thursday
10:00am
Friday
10:00am
For further details please see www.thurlesparish.ie
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priests

Fr. Mgr. James Ryan, AP PP

Tel: 062 61353 E-mail office: jjaryan@eircom.net

Address: Abbeyside, Cashel Co. Tipperary

priests

Fr. Rev. Danny O'Gorman, CC PP

Tel: 052 6131343 E-mail office: dogorman0@gmail.com

Address: Holycross House, Moyglass, Fethard, Co. Tipperary

priests

Fr. Rev. Dominic Meehan, CC PP

Tel: 0504 31492 E-mail office: meehandominic@gmail.com

Address: Templemore, Co. Tipperary
Diocesan Director for Trocaire

priests

Fr. Rev. Dr. Michael Mullaney, CC PP

Tel: 0504 26080 E-mail office: michael.mullaney@spcm.ie

Address: Ballycahill Thurles Co. Tipperary

priests

Fr. Rev. Edward Cleary, CC PP

Tel: 061 385104 E-mail office: eacleary@eircom.net

Address: Herbertstown Hospital Co. Limerick

priests

Fr. Rev. Enda Brady, CC PP

Tel: 062 61713 E-mail office: ejbradycc@gmail.com

Address: Rosegreen, Cashel, Co. Tipperary.

priests

Fr. Rev. Joe Walsh, CC PP

Tel: 0504 22505 E-mail office: joewalsh05@eircom.net

Address: Cathedral Presbytery, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

priests

Fr. Rev. Thomas Dunne, CC PP

E-mail office: economo@eircom.net

Address: Ballinree, Boherlahan, Cashel, Co. Tipperary

priests

Fr. Rev. Thomas Hearne, CC PP

Tel: 062 61409 E-mail office: hearnethomas1@gmail.com

Address: Bohermore, Cashel,

priests

Fr. Rev. Thomas Lanigan-Ryan, CC PP

Tel: 062 80475 E-mail office: tlr@eircom.net

Address: St. Michaels Road

priests

Fr. Rev. Vincent Stapleton, CC, PP

Tel: 0504 22042/22688 E-mail office: vinnystapleton@yahoo.ie

Address: Bothar na Naomh Presbytery Thurles Co. Tipperary

priests

Fr. Rt. Rev. Mgr. Christy O'Dwyer, PP, VG PP

Tel: 062 61127 E-mail office: cashelparish@eircom.net

Address: Bohereenglas, Cashel Co. Tipperary

priests

Fr. Ven. Archdeacon Eugene Everard, PP, VG, PP

Tel: 062 51536 E-mail office: longorchard@eircom.net

Address: The Presbytery, St. Michael’s Street, Tipperary Town.

priests

Fr. Very Rev. Ailbe O'Bric, PP PP

Tel: 052 6135118 E-mail office: aobric@eircom.net

Address: Clerihan, Clonmel, Co. Tipperar

priests

Fr. Very Rev. Anthony Lambe, PP PP

Tel: 052 9152103 E-mail office: drangancloneenparish@eircom.net

Address: Drangan, Co. Tipperary

priests

Fr. Very Rev. Anthony Ryan, PP, PP

Tel: 0504 54952 E-mail office: frtonyran@hotmail.com

Address: The Parochial House Upperchurch Thurles Co. Tipperary

priests

Fr. Very Rev. Bernie Moloney, PP, PP

Tel: 062 57111 E-mail office: bmoloneyemly5@eircom.net

Address: The Parochial House Main Street Emly Co. Tipperary E34 8897

priests

Fr. Very Rev. Canon Conor Ryan, PP, VF PP

Tel: 061 383108 E-mail office: conorrh@eircom.net

Address: Castlefarm, Hospital, Co. Limerick

priests

Fr. Very Rev. Canon Denis Talbot, AP PP

Tel: 062 37929 E-mail office: denistalbot@eircom.net

Address: Galbally Co. Limerick

priests

Fr. Very Rev. Canon John O'Neill, PP, VF PP

Tel: 062 56155 E-mail office: jackoatbally@eircom.net

Address: The Parochial House Lisvernane Glen of Aherlow Co. Tipperary

priests

Fr. Very Rev. Canon Liam McNamara PP

Tel: 062 82664

Address: St. Michael’s Road Tipperary Town Co. Tipperary,

priests

Fr. Very Rev. Canon Thomas F. Breen, AP PP

Tel: 052 6131680 E-mail office: tfbreen@icloud.com

Address: Cashel Rd. Fethard, Co. Tipperary

priests

Fr. Very Rev. Canon Thomas Ryan, AP PP

Tel: 061352223

Address: Bohergar, Brittas, Co. Limerick

priests

Fr. Very Rev. Celsus Tierney, PP PP

Tel: 0504 43124 E-mail office: celsust@hotmail.com

Address: The Parochial House Holycross Thurles Co. Tipperary

priests

Fr. Very Rev. Conor Hayes, PP, PP

Tel: 0504 31684 E-mail office: conorbhayes@gmail.com

Address: The Parochial House Templemore Co. Tipperary.

priests

Fr. Very Rev. Daniel Woods, PP PP

Tel: 062 78103 E-mail office: frdanwoods@gmail.com

Address: Kilcommon, Thurles

priests

Fr. Very Rev. Donal Cunningham, AP, PP

Tel: 0504 54181

Address: Upperchurch Thurles Co Tipperary

priests

Fr. Very Rev. Edmund V. O'Rahelly, PP, PP

Tel: 061 376178 E-mail office: eorahelly@yahoo.com

Address: The Parochial House Ballina Via Killaloe PO, Co. Clare.

priests

Fr. Very Rev. George Bourke, AP PP

Tel: 0504 44227 E-mail office: bourkegeo@eircom.net

Address: Moycarkey, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

priests

Fr. Very Rev. Gerard Hennessy, PP PP

Tel: 0504 51935 E-mail office: gerardhennessy223@gmail.com

Address: Borrisoleigh, Thurles,

priests

Fr. Very Rev. Gerard Quirke, PP PP

Tel: 052 9154115 E-mail office: gmq1158@gmail.com

Address: Ballingarry, Thurles

priests

Fr. Very Rev. James Donnelly, PP PP

Tel: 061 380165 E-mail office: doonparishpriest@eircom.net

Address: The Parochial House Doon Co. LImerick

priests

Fr. Very Rev. James Egan, PP PP

Tel: 062 71157 E-mail office: frjegan@eircom.net

Address: Knockavilla, Dundrum

priests

Fr. Very Rev. James Kennedy, Adm, PP

Tel: 0504 45129 E-mail office: kennedytipperary@gmail.com

Address: Moyne, Co. Tipperary

priests

Fr. Very Rev. James O'Donnell, PP PP

Tel: 052 9156244 E-mail office: jodonnell@tippinst.ie

Address: Killenaule, Co. Tipperary

priests

Fr. Very Rev. James Purcell, PP, PP

Tel: 0504 22505 E-mail office: jimgpurcell@googlemail.com

Address: Cathedral Presbytery, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

priests

Fr. Very Rev. James Walton, PP PP

Tel: 061 351158 E-mail office: jswalton@eircom.net

Address: Ballybricken, Grange, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick.

priests

Fr. Very Rev. John Beatty, PP PP

Tel: 062 71104 E-mail office: rjfb@eircom.net

Address: The Parochial House Anacarty Co. Tipperary

priests

Fr. Very Rev. John Egan, PP PP

Tel: 062 55240 E-mail office: johneganpp@icloud.com

Address: Lattin, Co. Tipperary

priests

Fr. Very Rev. John J. Ryan, AP PP

Tel: 062 53189

Address: Garryspillane, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick

priests

Fr. Very Rev. John Joe O'Rourke, AP PP

Tel: 056 8834128 E-mail office: frjorourke@eircom.net

Address: Gortnahoe, Thurles

priests

Fr. Very Rev. John McGrath, PP PP

Tel: 052 9153152

Address: Mullinahone, Co. Tipperary

priests

Fr. Very Rev. John Morris, PP PP

Tel: 062 47614 E-mail office: jamorris@eircom.net

Address: Solohead, Co. Tipperary

priests

Fr. Very Rev. John O’Keeffe, PP PP

Tel: 061 379172 E-mail office: frjohnokeefe@hotmail.com

Address: Birdhill, via Killaloe, Co. Tipperary

priests

Fr. Very Rev. Joseph Delaney, AP PP

Tel: 061 378126 E-mail office: delaneyjp@yahoo.co.uk

Address: Clonbealy, Newport, Co. Tipperary

priests

Fr. Very Rev. Joseph Egan, PP PP

Tel: 0504 41114 E-mail office: frjoeegan@eircom.net

Address: Boherlahan, Cashel, Co. Tipperary

priests

Fr. Very Rev. Joseph Tynan, PP PP

Tel: 061 384213 E-mail office: joetynan@stpats.ie

Diocesan Director for Communications

priests

Fr. Very Rev. Liam Everard, PP PP

Tel: 052 6131580 E-mail office: liameverard@yahoo.ie

Address: The Parochial House, Fethard, Co. Tipperary.

priests

Fr. Very Rev. Liam Holmes, PP PP

Tel: 061 383127 E-mail office: frlholmes@eircom.ie

Address: Knockaney, Hosptial, Co. Limerick

priests

Fr. Very Rev. Loughlin Brennan, PP PP

Tel: 061 386227 E-mail office: loughlinbrennan@gmail.com

Address: The Parochial House, Liscreagh Murroe, Co. Limerick

priests

Fr. Very Rev. Martin Murphy, PP PP

Tel: 0504 51196 E-mail office: dromandinchparish1829@gmail.com

Address: Drom, Templemore, Co. Tipperary

priests

Fr. Very Rev. Matthew McGrath, AP, PP

Tel: 0504 42494 E-mail office: mcgrathtipperary@gmail.com

Address: Clonoulty, Cashel Co. Tipperary.,
Archdeacon Emeritus

priests

Fr. Very Rev. Mgr. Maurice Dooley, AP PP

Tel: 0504 31375 E-mail office: frmdooley@eircom.net

Address: Loughmore, Co. Tipperary

priests

Fr. Very Rev. Michael Hickey, PP PP

Tel: 062 54132 E-mail office: ppbansha@gmail.com

Address: Bansha, Co. Tipperary

priests

Fr. Very Rev. Michael Kennedy, PP PP

E-mail office: frmk62@gmail.com

Address: New Inn, Cashel, Co. Tipperary

priests

Fr. Very Rev. Nicholas J. Irwin, PP, PP

Tel: 056 8834855 E-mail office: nicholasjirwin@eircom.net

Address: The Parochial House Gortnahoe Thurles Co. Tipperary

priests

Fr. Very Rev. Padraig Corbett, PP (On Leave) PP

Tel: 0504 31392 E-mail office: padraigcorbett@eircom.net

Address: Castleiney, Templemore, Co. Tipperary

priests

Fr. Very Rev. Patrick Burns, PP PP

Tel: 061 384114 E-mail office: psobroin1@gmail.com

Address: Pallasgreen, Co. Limerick

priests

Fr. Very Rev. Patrick Coffey, PP PP

Tel: 062 72146 E-mail office: piusix@eircom.net

Address: The Parochial House Golden Co. Tipperary

priests

Fr. Very Rev. Patrick Currivan, AP PP

Tel: 061 351248

Address: Greenane, Caherconlish, Co. Limerick

priests

Fr. Very Rev. Patrick Murphy, PP PP

Tel: 0504 53114 E-mail office: fpmmt@eircom.net

Fax: 0504 53379
Address: Templetuohy, Co. Tipperary

priests

Fr. Very Rev. Patrick O'Gorman, AP PP

E-mail office: ptkogorman@gmail.com

Address: Golden, Co. Tipperary

priests

Fr. Very Rev. Peter Brennan, PP PP

Tel: 0504 42759 E-mail office: frpeterbrennan2015@yahoo.ie

Address: The Parochial House Clonoulty Cashel Co Tipperary

priests

Fr. Very Rev. Richard Browne, PP PP

Tel: 061 381288 E-mail office: slievefelim@eircom.net

Address: Cappamore, Co. Limerick

priests

Fr. Very Rev. Richard Kelly, PP PP

Tel: 025 24040 E-mail office: pp27kilbehenny@eircom.net

Address: Kilbehenny, Mitchelstown, Co. Cork

priests

Fr. Very Rev. Robert Fletcher, PP PP

Tel: 061 379862 E-mail office: frbobbyfletcher@gmail.com

Address: Deilginis, Garraun Upper Ballinahinch, Birdhill, Via Killaloe, Co. Clare.

priests

Fr. Very Rev. Roy Donovan, PP PP

Tel: 061 450730 E-mail office: roydonovan8@hotmail.com

Address: Cahersonlish, Co. Limerick

priests

Fr. Very Rev. Seamus Rochford, AP PP

Tel: 062 57103 E-mail office: emly@eircom.net

Address: Emly, Co. Tipperary

priests

Fr. Very Rev. Sean Fennelly, Adm., Pro-tem, PP

Tel: 061 383565 E-mail office: fennelly333@icloud.ie

Address: Barrysfarm, Hospital, Co. Limerick

priests

Fr. Very Rev. Tadhg Furlong, PP PP

Tel: 062 75427 E-mail office: tadhgfurlong@eircom.net

Address: Cappawhite, Co. Tipperary

priests

Fr. Very Rev. Thomas F. Egan, Priest-in-Residence PP

E-mail office: thomasfegan74@gmail.com

Address: Inch Bouladuff Thurles Co. Tipperary

priests

Fr. Very Rev. Thomas Fogarty, PP PP

Tel: 0504 44317 E-mail office: tfogarty@stpats.ie

Address: The Parochial House Ballybeg Littleton Thurles Co. Tipperary

priests

Fr. Very Rev. Thomas O. Breen, PP PP

Tel: 062 46705 E-mail office: thomasobreen@eircom.net

Ballylanders, Co. Limerick,

priests

Fr. Very Rev. Tomas O'Connell, Adm, Pro-Tem PP

E-mail office: tomoc1@eircom.net

Address: The Parish House Templemore Co. Tipperary

priests

Fr. Very Rev. William Hennessy, PP PP

Tel: 062 53114 E-mail office: whennessy@eircom.net

Address: Knocklong, Co. Limerick

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