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St. Mary's Church of Ireland

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Address: Kenmare Place, Killarney, Ireland
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+353 64 663 1832
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The Church was built in 1870s on the site of former churches. It is...

The Church was built in 1870s on the site of former churches. It is thought to be the ancient site of the early churches from which the town gets its name "Church of the Sloes" in Irish is Cill Airne (Killarney).

This church is noted for its matching set of vibrant stained glass windows, its organ (the church's acoustic is fabulous) and its decoration. It is situated between the Hotel sector and the main shopping area. Many visitors pop in to see the beautiful interior, to pray and light a candle, or for our free concerts which take place in the summer season.

The concert programme features visiting choirs and orchestras from around the world. These concerts are free; we invite donations after the concert for our Restoration Appeal. Occasionally there is a ticketed concert (available on the door) to raise money for other causes. All concerts are advertised on the notice board (and our Facebook page) and all start at 8pm. We are especially proud to host each year the Spraoi Chiarrai concerts that feature local young Irish musicians who are being given their first taste of public performance. They play traditional Irish music on traditional instruments. The local Schools of music and dance also have concerts; it can be quite never wracking for these young people as it is their first time in public.

This is the Church of Ireland building (not to be confused with the Roman Catholic Cathedral also called St Mary's on the other side of town).

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Christmas Mass

We were here for the midnight mass on Christmas eve. We also visited the church and grounds earlier in the day.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Attard, Malta
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Attard, Malta
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were here for the midnight mass on Christmas eve. We also visited the church and grounds earlier in the day.

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Thank GRIMS
Rector-of-Killarney, Manager at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, responded to this review

We are always pleased to welcome visitors to our Christmas Eve service. We had a number of calls from local hotels enquiring about our schedule of Christmas Services the week preceding. Our special services are always posted on our Facebook, Google+ and website pages. Thank you for giving us a positive review. More 

West Palm Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

I love this church and it's presence in the center of town. The stained glass windows of Jesus are so lovely. I listened to an organ concert on the day before New Years. Only myself and one other. It was special to be on these grounds. More people should visit.

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Thank DoloresJacoby
Rector-of-Killarney, Manager at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, responded to this review

Thanks for your lovely review. You'll have been in our church as the organist was rehearsing for the Sunday service. We too appreciate the quality of sound from the organ. The church is open everyday during daylight hours. More 

Homosassa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

We attended services on a Sunday. The music was spectacular and the acoustics are not be believed. This church is within walking distance from most places in town..

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Rector-of-Killarney, Manager at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review. We enjoyed your company. Our church is renowned for the wonderful acoustic, we have many concerts during the summer months. Every blessing this Christmas. More 

Topeka, Kansas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

This church is well worth a stop. It will only take you a few minutes. The interior is beautiful and, at night, the church is lit up nicely. We like visiting churches and this one is simply beautiful.

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Thank T A
Rector-of-Killarney, Manager at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, responded to this review

We're glad you enjoyed visiting our church and Killarney. We've plans to enhance the lighting of the church; it's nice to know these things are appreciated by visitors. Every blessing. More 

Diss, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Don't get confused because the cathedral is also called St Mary's! The leaflet about this church is brilliant as it numbers and shows on a map of the interior of the church the exact place where to find each item of interest which makes them very easy to find which not all churches do! This leaflet gave me lots of... More 

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Rector-of-Killarney, Manager at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, responded to this review

Thank you for your enthusiastic welcome of our guide leaflet to our church. We worked hard to make it useable and accessible. It's lovely to know it's appreciated. We're hoping soon to make it available in other languages. We hope your visit to Killarney has been good and don't hesitate to come back. More 

Vancouver WA, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Since 1200's, a church has been standing on this site. The origin of the name of the town comes from the name of the church "Cill Airne"--Killarney! We joined the service Sunday, and felt the warmth of the congregation.

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Thank Naomi H
Rector-of-Killarney, Manager at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, responded to this review

We too enjoyed the warmth of your presence. We think there was a church here as early as St Patrick, but we've only proof from 1200. The name Cill Airne means "Church of the sloes". The Sloe is the berry of the Blackthorn tree; people make sloe gin with the berry. The Blackthorn tree has great significance in both pagan... More 

Helsinki, Finland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

The church is situated just beside Dero's Coach Tours, so it can be busy around 10:30 when all the tours start. The church is not large, but it is beautiful both from inside and outside. I was very impressed by the stained glass windows. It is such a peaceful place to visit, I enjoyed sitting there and admiring the wonderful... More 

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Thank Unelma333
Rector-of-Killarney, Manager at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, responded to this review

We're very pleased you liked it so much. We are very happy to welcome visitors, especially those who wait for the coach tours. During the summer we have a service early on Sunday mornings for them. That stopped at the end of September. Every blessing on your visit. More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

Fairly typical church from the period. I like the fact these facilities are open to all to visit. Interior is well done with great stained glass and lovely organ. Definitely worth a visit if in the area.

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Thank TAMAN1951
Rector-of-Killarney, Manager at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We have an ongoing programme of restoration to keep the interior looking well. Every blessing for your visit to this area. More 

Edisto Island, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

St Mary's Church is beautiful - the stained glass is incredible and the pipe organ is a piece of fine artwork. Everything about this church is simply gorgeous. Sit, relax and take it all in - it's amazing. Only sorry we were not able to attend a service there.

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Thank Vicki802
Rector-of-Killarney, Manager at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, responded to this review

So are we; often we get visitors who have to get on a coach to go to some other of the fabulous places in Ireland, so only those visitors who're in Killarney on a Sunday get to come to our specially designed Holy Communion service for visitors (it gets you out in time for the Ring of Kerry Coach Tour... More 

San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

Although not a huge church, it was so beautiful. The stained glass windows were incredible and the pipe organ was as well. It is really worth a visit as it was peaceful and quiet. It was an inviting place for a private prayer of thanks the beauty of Ireland and its people.

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Thank EmmaDee2014
Rector-of-Killarney, Manager at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, responded to this review

We're very grateful for your prayer of thanks. We're very keen to show our visitors what a beautiful building, town and Killarney landscape we've been gifted through the care and foresight of previous generations. It's through your enjoyment of it all that we're inspired to gift it to future generations in the best possible condition. Our beautiful church both inspires... More 

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