St Mary’s Cathedral’s 850th anniversary celebrations to focus on people of Limerick

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

The Very Reverend Niall J.Sloane, Dean of St Mary's Cathedral and Bishop Kenneth Kearon, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Limerick and Killaloe

The Very Reverend Niall J.Sloane, Dean of St Mary's Cathedral and Bishop Kenneth Kearon, Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Limerick and Killaloe

THE life and works of people who have helped make Limerick great will form the centrepiece of St Mary’s Cathedral’s 850th anniversary celebrations.

For the next year, the Anglican church will hold a series of special events to mark its auspicious birthday, with highlights including a visit to the city by the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge University in England, and a community awards scheme acknowledging our “unsung heroes”.

These are just two events of the year of celebration, launched by Bishop Kenneth Kearon, cathedral Dean, the Very Rev’d Niall J Sloane and Mayor Stephen Keary in St Mary’s Cathedral this week.

“The primary aim of this year is two fold – welcome in and reaching out. Welcoming in everybody from Limerick, Ireland and beyond to this beautiful space, and reaching out to the city, of which we are so proud to be part of,” Rev’d Sloane said.

The Cathedral – founded in 1168 – has a storied history, originally being the palace for the Kings of Thomond.

Situated in the heart of Medieval Limerick, Bishop Kearon said: “Decade after decade, century after century, this cathedral has overlooked the development of Limerick into the city it is today.”

He said: “You will see the programme glimpses into the lives of the people who have shaped the city into what it is today.”

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