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The regeneration of Christ Church Cathedral

Failte Ireland and Dublin City Council have facilitated regeneration work to the cathedral grounds in Christ Church.

Christ Church Cathedral – credit: Sean Moore

The ground works are part of the city’s overall development of the Dublin Trail, highlighting heritage sites, architecture, history and a window into the character of  Dublin’s neighbourhoods.

The cathedral’s historic ‘garth’ (internal yard) will receive a total makeover to provide improved landscaping and a viewing platform.

The highlight of these works is the installation of an inlaid stone labyrinth, inviting local and international pilgrims alike to partake in the sense of spiritual journey, which is at the heart of the cathedral.

The renovation works did not disrupt visitors and those who take part in daily worship, as there was still full access to the cathedral.

The recently recovered heart of Dublin’s patron saint, St Laurence O’Toole is now on permanent public display in Christ Church Cathedral. It is housed in a specially designed art piece by Corkman Eoin Turner.

Archbishop, Michael Jackson blessed the redesigned cathedral grounds incorporating the new stone labyrinth a special ecumenical service of dedication and thanksgiving on 14th November.

Christ Church Cathedral was founded in 1028 and is the spiritual heart of the city and one of the top visitor attractions in Dublin. Beneath the cathedral is a medieval crypt which houses priceless silver, the cat and the rat, the cathedral shop and Ireland’s first copy of Magna Carta. The crypt is the largest in Ireland and the earliest surviving structure in the city.

Photo – Sean Moore 

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