St Macartin’s Cathedral, Enniskillen is one of two cathedral churches in the diocese of Clogher (the other being St Macartan’s Cathedral, Clogher) in the Church of Ireland. It stands on a hill overlooking the town of Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland in the ecclesiastical province of Armagh. .

It was completed in 1842 as St. Anne’s Parish Church but was reopened as St.Macartin’s Cathedral in 1923. It includes parts of an earlier church building and has a 150-foot (45 m) tower and spire. The tower houses a peal of ten bells, which can also chimed to play songs. The three manual organ consists of thirty-speaking stops, along with the entire pedal and swell box.

The dean and chapter of Clogher have their stalls in the cathedral and even higher Cathedral of Clogher.

History

The first church building on the site was completed around 1627 as part of the original building in the town of Enniskillen. By 1832 the building had become structurally unsafe and was replaced by the current building, which was completed in 1842. The sanctuary was enlarged 1889th

In 1923 the church was reopened as St Macartin’s Cathedral, and thus become the second cathedral of Clogher diocese. It is complete with stalls in the choir of the Dean and Chapter of Clogher. The present organ was installed in 1936 by Peter Conacher and Company and built by Abbey Organ Company in the early 1990s. In 1964, a suite of new halls along with a conference room was added and in 1970 a part of the nave was converted into regimental chapel Inniskilling regiments.

On 26 June 2012, Queen Elizabeth II attended a thanksgiving service at the cathedral for her Diamond Jubilee. The service was led by Kenneth Hall, the Dean of Clogher, applicants address was given by Alan Harper, the Anglican Archbishop of Armagh and the lesson was read by Peter Robinson, First Minister of Northern Ireland. The prayers of intercession were read by Ken Lindsay, chairman of the Methodist Church in Ireland; Cardinal Seán Brady, Archbishop of Armagh and Dr. Roy Patton, moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. [1] After the service, the Queen made the short walk to St Michael’s Catholic Church where she met with representatives of local community groups. This was the first time she had visited a Catholic church in Northern Ireland. [2]

See also

  • Dean of Clogher

References

  1. Jump up ^ “HM Queen Elizabeth II Attends Diamond Jubilee thanksgiving service at St Macartin’s Cathedral”.Www.anglicannews.org. Anglican Office. 26 June 2012. Hämtad26 June 2014.
  2. Jump up ^ Rayner, Gordon (26 June 2012). “Queen visits the Catholic Church in Northern Ireland”. Www.telegraph.co.uk. Telegraph Media Group Limited. Retrieved 26 June 2014.