St. Mary's Dominican Church

Pope's Quay

The classical style of St. Mary's Church is reminiscent of the Court House, but both are by different architects. Kearns Deane gave his services free, although he was not a catholic, and the church was begun in 1832. It was opened in 1839, but the portico was not added until 1861. Arguably Cork's most beautiful church, its six fluted Ionic columns support a pediment upon which rests a statue of Our Lady by James Cahill of Dublin. Like the columns, the church is primarily of white limestone but part further back is of sandstone.

Inside, sixteen fluted pillars line the nave and sanctuary. The four red pillars of the altar are not marble but polished Aberdeen granite and each is a single 3.5m piece. On the altar is a 14th century statue credited with miraculous properties. The 6 cm Our Lady of the Graces statue was made in Northern France and is said to have floated in a log into Youghal in the 15th century. There it remained until it was moved to St. Mary's.

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