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Ferns Cathedral Church
 

County

Wexford

Coordinates

N 52° 35' 24.1"   W 006° 29' 32.4"

Nearest town

Ferns

Grid Ref.

T 02227 49773

Map No.

69

Elevation a.s.l. (m)

47

Date of visit

Friday 15 June 2007

GPS Accuracy (m)

3
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The remains of the north wall of the cathedral, with five of the original seven pointed windows.


About 150 metres northeast from the Ferns church, there are the ruins of the St. Mary's Cathedral, 13th century. It was probably built by the first Norman bishop John St. John.
In 1577 the cathedral was attacked and burnt by the local chieftain Fiach McHugh O'Byrne, but he was forced to rebuild it.
Most of the building is now missing, but parts of the two side walls still remain. Two burial markers are at the west end of the nave.
In the nearby graveyard there are several graves, but one slab decorated with a cross is said to mark the burial place of Diarmait Mac Murchadha, King of Leinster, who died in 1171.

UPDATE: June 12th, 2013 - We were in the area and thought to visit the place again. The first three photos are from the previous visit.


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