Upcoming Concerts & Events in

Saint Mary’s Cathedral


                               Friday 18th October 2019

Opening Night – OpenHouse Limerick Launch @ 6.00pm
Keynote Speaker: Riccardo Marini


Saturday 19th October 2019

Open House – St. Mary’s Cathedral

Tour begins at 12.00 Midday

Tour begins at 1.00pm


Saturday 19th October 2019

Open Minds Event – Ilen Returns @ 5.00pm
An account of the Ilen’s two month voyage to Greenland; celebrating the cultural and artistic outreach adventure by a Limerick community.


Saturday 19th October 2019

Open House – St. Michael’s Church, Pery Square

Tour begins at 2.00pm

Tour begins at 2.30pm

Tour begins at 3.00pm

Tour begins at 3.30pm


Sunday 20th October 2019

Saint Mary’s Cathedral at 11.15am

& the Order of Malta

Ecumenical Service of Thanksgiving


Dedication of a Memorial to the Order’s Presence & Humanitarian Service in

Limerick over the past 800 years

A Note on the Historical Significance of the Occasion

This year, 2019, is the 85th Anniversary of the Order of Malta’s return and reestablishment of its humanitarian activities in Ireland. Also, it is the 850th Anniversary of the first recorded arrival of the first Hospitaller Knights of St John in Ireland led by Maurice de Prendergast. Last year, 2018 was the 70th anniversary of the Order’s return to Limerick and the establishment of its Ambulance Corps Unit in the city and its vicinity. While the Order’s great hospital and preceptory in ‘the Vale of Any’ (southeast County Limerick – the town of Hospital), founded by Geoffrey de Mareis (aka Marisco), in 1215 is well known, the Order had been present and active in Limerick City for some years previously. Ancient maps of the medieval city indicate the site of the Order’s Frankhouse at the corner of Creagh’s Lane opposite the corner of the wall of old St. Mary’s cemetery at the southwest corner of the cathedral and its south door. Between 1212 when the Order was confirmed in possession of its church and house in Limerick and 1540, it maintained its charitable hospitaller activities in the city. Members of the Order returned to Limerick to provide humanitarian services during the sieges of the seventeenth century.

As the oldest order of Christian chivalry in the world, and ever since its foundation in Jerusalem in 1099, its members have provided constant service in the alleviation of suffering among the poor, the sick, the vulnerable and the marginalized regardless of ethnicity, race, religion, gender, sexuality or status. All are embraced by the Order’s charism of compassion, adhering to the example of Jesus Christ. Therefore, it is most appropriate that the closing celebration of the Limerick Unit’s Platinum Jubilee should be this special Ecumenical Service of Thanksgiving and Dedication of the memorial in the historic spiritual and cultural heart of Limerick – St. Mary’s Cathedral. We invite you to join with us in commemorating and celebrating our remarkable historical legacy on this unique historic occasion.


Sunday 20th October 2019

Open House – St. John’s Church – Abington 

Tour begins at 1.00pm

Tour begins at 1.30pm

Tour begins at 2.00pm

Tour begins at 2.30pm


Tuesday 22nd October 2019

October Lecture Series 1.00pm


Tuesday 29th October 2019

October Lecture Series 1.00pm


Wednesday 30th October 2019

The Irish World Academy Female Vocal Ensemble at 8.00pm


Wednesday 6th November at 1.15pm 2019

Yuki Nishioka (violin), Irina Dernova (piano)

Music by Mozart & Schubert


Wednesday 13th November 2019

Villiers Remembrance Service


Wednesday 20th November at 1.15pm 2019

Yuki Nishioka (violin) , Etain McCooey (oboe) and Michael Hennessy (piano)

Music by J.S. Bach, Schumann & Vivaldi


Wednesday 27th November at 1.15pm 2019

Rheanne Breen (soprano)



Saturday 1st December 2019

Darkness into Light


Saturday 7th December 2019

Regina Nathan Concert 8.00pm


Friday 13th December 2019

Irish Chamber Orchestra


Saturday 14th December 2019

Curraghower Singers 8.00pm


Sunday 15th December 2019

Carols for the City


Tuesday 17th December 2019

Ancor Christmas Concert 8.00pm


Thursday 19th  December 2019

Derek Moloney in Concert


Saturday 21st December 2019

Come & Sing Carols


Tuesday 24th December 2019

Carol Singing before Midnight Mass


Wednesday 25th December 2019

Festival Eucharist


Sunday 29th December 2019

United Service


Visit us during 2019

Saint Mary’s Cathedral was founded in 1168 AD and stands majestically over the City of Limerick on the banks of the River Shannon. It is one of the most important medieval buildings to survive intact in Ireland, which is still performing its original function.

It is believed to have been built on the site of a Viking thingmote (meeting place), and later the palace of the O’Brien kings of Thomond. It is an extraordinary building that has been ever-present during invasions, sieges, battles, wars, famines and times of peace. It is also a treasure of Irish religious art.

We encourage you to visit us, whether for worship, reflection, for a self-guided tour, or for a concert or special event.

Visitor Opening Times

Open daily, year round

Monday to Thursday: 09.00 to 17.00h (last admission 16.30h)

Friday: 09.00 to 16.00h (last admission 15.30h)

Saturday: 09.00 to 16.00h (last admission 15.30h)

Sunday: 13.30 to 16.00h (last admission 15.30h)

Bank Holidays: 11.00 to 15.00h (last admission 14.30h)

 Saint Mary’s Cathedral is closed on December 26 and 27 and on January 1.

Admission Fees

Adults: €5.00
Students (with valid ID): €3.50
Children (aged 0 – 10): Free

Souvenir walk-around guides are available for €1.00 – in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Dutch.

Buy your tickets online (valid for 365 days from purchase)

You can buy tickets online here on this website. Tickets are instant and the single-visit tickets are valid for use during our opening times within 365 days of your purchase.  So, if you are travelling from near or far, you can buy in advance and use at your leisure.

You can buy your online tickets here

Visiting supports the Cathedral:
  We are passionate about conserving, preserving and sharing the rich heritage of Saint Mary’s Cathedral. We do not receive any Government or EU funding toward the day-to-day running and maintenance of this historic building. Your support, whether through your admission fees or donations, is important and does make a difference in ensuring that the many and varied aspects of the Cathedral’s life and ministry continue.

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