Galway Cathedral

Church in Galway City

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Rising over the River Corrib, imposing Galway Cathedral was dedicated by the late Cardinal Richard Cushing of Boston in 1965. The interior is fantastic, with a beautifully decorated dome, attractive Romanesque arches, lovely mosaics and rough-hewn stonework emblazoned with copious stained glass. The superb acoustics are best appreciated during an organ recital; concert dates and ticket information are posted on the website. From the Spanish Arch, a riverside path runs upriver and across the Salmon Weir Bridge to the cathedral.

Look out for the side chapel containing a mosaic of the Resurrection with a praying John F Kennedy in the tableau.