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St. Mel's Cathedral

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Longford Town, Longford,
T: +353(0)433346465

St. Mel’s Cathedral is a landmark building in Longford. It was wonderfully restored as the focal point of the local Catholic community after the Christmas Day fire of 2009.

St. Mel’s Cathedral was founded in 1840.

On Christmas Day 2009, it suffered from a catastrophic accidental fire. A five-year restoration campaign was then set in motion, which saw the cathedral reopen in time for Christmas 2014.

The cathedral has been tastefully restored to its original beauty while being remodelled as a living church for a new century. Some of the highlights include the wonderful limestone columns, intricate plasterwork, pipe organ, and liturgical art from a number of contemporary Irish and international artists.