A Dublin Tale: Two Cathedrals


Tourism Ireland’s manager of group tourism Jean McCluskey hosted a Boston event last month for travel agents and tour leaders to learn what’s new and different on the island. Our own Tourism Development Officer, Susanne Reid, was interviewed there for a fascinating article about the almost unique status Dublin holds of having two Medieval cathedrals. Along with her colleague, Clarissa DeLap, from St. Patrick’s Cathedral Susanne gives  an overview of life at Christ Church Cathedral:

“We opened up our belfry so people can climb up the 86 steps, go across the medieval roof, and right into the tower. You can have a go at ringing the bells at Christ Church Cathedral. There are 19 bells in the tower, the largest number at any cathedral in the world. People really enjoy that; it is something to remember.

“Last year was the 800th year since the Magna Carta was ratified, and Christ Church has its own copy. People get to see a manuscript of the Magna Carta, and it’s pretty special.” One of the odd attractions at Christ Church is a “mummified cat and rat” that was discovered years ago when workers were repairing an old organ.

It’s a working cathedral, part of the Church of Ireland, Episcopal. Christ Church has a professional choir with 22 professional singers and a full-time music director. The standard of music is beautiful,”

For the full article please follow the link to: www.bostonirish.com/publishers-notes/dublin-tale-two-cathedrals