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St Mary's Cathedral

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Bridge Street, Limerick City, Limerick, Republic of Ireland
T: +353(0)61310293
F: +353(0)61315721
E: stmaryscathedralcoi@yahoo.ie

Limerick City's Cathedral of St Mary Blessed Virgin was founded in 1168 on the site of a palace donated by Donal Mor O’Brien, King of Munster. Experts believe parts of the palace are incorporated into the present structure.

The Cathedral of St Mary Blessed Virgin occupies a very historic plot in Limerick City. In 1168, Donal Mor O’Brien, King of Munster, donated his palace, parts of which are possibly incorporated into the present structure. Previously, a Viking meetinghouse had been located there.

The cathedral's architecture is a mixture of the Gothic and Romanesque styles. It contains many interesting features, such as a stone altar and Lepers’ Squint, an opening in the wall that permitted lepers to hear Mass and receive Communion.