History and heritage weekend at Limerick cathedral

History and heritage weekend at Limerick cathedral

St Mary’s Cathedral will feature a history and heritage festival on the weekend of May 28-29

ST MARY’S Cathedral will host its first history and heritage festival on Saturday and Sunday, May 28 and 29.

A programme of concerts, tours, floral displays, church services together with an artefact exhibition will showcase to visitors the cathedral’s rich and diverse history and heritage.

It has been described as “a once-off opportunity to view a private collection of authentic recovered artefacts related to St Mary's Cathedral. The festival opens at 10am on Saturday, May 28, with special guided tours of the cathedral which will continue over the weekend.

These tours will focus on the history associated with the stained glass windows, the memorials and the monuments of the cathedral. At 5pm, the Church Of Ireland Cathedral Choirs of Kilkenny, Waterford and Limerick will perform a concert. Their programme will include Schubert’s Mass in G and Parry’s I was glad. Concert tickets cost €10/ €8 concessions and will be available at the door.

On Sunday, May 29, the festival continues at 11.15am with the Sunday Festival Eucharist. 

Fr. Martin Browne, OSB from Glenstal Abbey, will be the guest preacher.

Following this, at 3pm, the Limerick Wind Ensemble will perform Mozart’s Gran Partita K 361 directed by John Davis. Festal Evensong will take place at 7pm on the Sunday and mark the close of the festival. 

“We are delighted to be hosting this festival. It seems fitting to organise a history and heritage festival at St. Mary’s as it is the oldest building in Limerick city that is still in daily use,” said the Very Reverend Sandra Pragnell.

All events are free – except Saturday’s concert at 5pm.

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