St Eugene's Cathedral

Londonderry, United Kingdom

St Eugene's Cathedral is the Roman Catholic cathedral located in Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Fundraising for the building of the cathedral took place from 1840. Work began on the construction of the cathedral in 1849.

Money was raised not just in Derry and Ireland, but also in America where around £4,000 was raised. The architect commissioned to design the cathedral was James Joseph McCarthy who had already built numerous cathedrals across Ireland. The plan of the cathedral is a simple neo-Gothic expression.

The cathedral was officially opened on 4 May 1873 by the then Bishop of Derry, Francis Kelly. The project to build the cathedral's bell tower and spire was postponed, as no funds were available for the project. At first the cathedral's windows were made of plain glass due to lack of funds. It was not until the late 1890s when stained glass windows were installed. Work on the bell tower and spire began on 13 August 1900, with the building contract awarded to Courtney and Co from Belfast. Work was completed on 19 June 1903.



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Founded: 1849-1903
Category: Religious sites in United Kingdom

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Mary Lea (5 months ago)
Beautiful church. The Blessed Sacrament is exposed every Tuesday, but a lovely place to go to Mass or spend Holy Hour under any circumstances. The priests at the parochial house next door are always available and incredibly supportive.
Peggy Bailey (7 months ago)
Absolutely a stunning chapel that needs to be seen. if you do the wall tour, balance it out and go to the on Box side find those, and just walk, and visit this church!
Thomas Downey (8 months ago)
Saint Eugene's is a beautiful Catholic Cathedral. I took my confirmation here. That's why I wanted to visit. Derry/Londonderry is also a beautiful city. The Maiden City.
Mark Parsons (8 months ago)
We attended the most wonderful wedding at St Eugene’s. Priest made the occasion so personal. The video provided by the Cathedral was an amazing bonus ??
Helen McKiernan (8 months ago)
Beautiful wedding at a beautiful Cathedral. Well worth a visit.
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