Saint Finbarre's Cathedral
Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral, is a cathedral
A cathedral is a Christian church that contains the seat of a bishop...

 of the Church of Ireland
Church of Ireland
The Church of Ireland is an autonomous province of the Anglican Communion. The church operates in all parts of Ireland and is the second largest religious body on the island after the Roman Catholic Church...

 in Cork
Cork (city)
Cork is the second largest city in the Republic of Ireland and the island of Ireland's third most populous city. It is the principal city and administrative centre of County Cork and the largest city in the province of Munster. Cork has a population of 119,418, while the addition of the suburban...

 city, Ireland
Republic of Ireland
Ireland , described as the Republic of Ireland , is a sovereign state in Europe occupying approximately five-sixths of the island of the same name. Its capital is Dublin. Ireland, which had a population of 4.58 million in 2011, is a constitutional republic governed as a parliamentary democracy,...

. It is in the ecclesiastical province
Ecclesiastical Province
An ecclesiastical province is a large jurisdiction of religious government, so named by analogy with a secular province, existing in certain hierarchical Christian churches, especially in the Catholic Church and Orthodox Churches and in the Anglican Communion...

 of Dublin.

It was featured on the Irish postcard before the Irish entry of the Eurovision Song Contest 2009
Eurovision Song Contest 2009
The Eurovision Song Contest 2009 was the 54th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest and was hosted by Russia after their win in 2008. It took place between 12 and 16 May 2009 at the Olympic Indoor Arena in Moscow, Russia....

 held in Moscow, Russia.

Previously the cathedral of the Diocese of Cork, it is now one of three cathedrals in the United Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne and Ross.

List of Deans of Cork

  • William Magee 1813 - 1819
  • James Thomas O'Brien
    James Thomas O'Brien
    James Thomas O'Brien , Church of Ireland Bishop of Ossory, Ferns, and Leighlin.-Early life:O'Brien, born at New Ross, County Wexford, in September 1792, was the son of Michael Burke O'Brien, a corporation officer, with the title of deputy sovereign of New Ross, who died in 1826. His mother,...

  • William Connor Magee
    William Connor Magee
    William Connor Magee was an Irish clergyman of the Anglican church, Archbishop of York for a short period in 1891.-Life:...

     1864 - 1868 (then Bishop of Peterborough
    Bishop of Peterborough
    The Bishop of Peterborough is the ordinary of the Church of England Diocese of Peterborough in the Province of Canterbury.The diocese covers the counties of Northamptonshire, Rutland and the Soke of Peterborough in Cambridgeshire...

  • Achilles Daunt
    Achilles Daunt
    Achilles Daunt was a noted Irish preacher and homilist, and Anglican dean of Cork.-Early life and education:Achilles Daunt descended from a cadet branch of the Daunt family of Owlpen, Gloucestershire, settled since 1575 at Tracton Abbey, County Cork. He was the eldest son of Achilles Daunt who...

     1875 - 1878
  • George Otto Simms
    George Otto Simms
    His Grace the Most Rev. Dr. George Otto Simms , D.D., was an archbishop in the Church of Ireland.-Early life and education:...


  • Richard Clarke
    Richard Clarke (bishop)
    Richard Lionel Clarke is the current Bishop of Meath and Kildare.Clarke was educated at Wesley College, Dublin, Trinity College, Dublin and King's College London . Ordained a decaon in 1975 and priest in 1976, he was elected and consecrated to the bishopric of Meath and Kildare in 1996.-References:...

     1993 - 1996 (later Bishop of Meath and Kildare)
  • Michael Geoffrey St Aubyn Jackson
    Michael Jackson (Anglican bishop)
    Michael Jackson is the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin since 2011.-Early life and family:Jackson was born in Lurgan, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, the son of Church of Ireland rector , and educated at Ballinamallard Primary School and Portora Royal School, Enniskillen...

     1997 - 2002 (later Bishop of Clogher
    Bishop of Clogher
    The Bishop of Clogher is an episcopal title which takes its name after the village of Clogher in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. Following the Reformation, there are now parallel apostolic successions: one of the Church of Ireland and the other of the Roman Catholic Church.-History:Clogher is one...

     and Archbishop of Dublin
    Archbishop of Dublin (Church of Ireland)
    The Archbishop of Dublin is the title of the senior cleric who presides over the United Dioceses of Dublin and Glendalough in the Church of Ireland...

  • Michael Burrows
    Michael Burrows (bishop)
    The Right Reverend Michael Andrew James Burrows M.A., M.Litt., Prof.Dip.Th.Mayes. is a bishop in the Church of Ireland.-Life:...

     2002 - 2006 (later Bishop of Cashel and Ossory
    Bishop of Cashel and Ossory
    The Bishop of Cashel and Ossory is the Ordinary of the United Diocese of Cashel, Waterford and Lismore with Ossory, Ferns and Leighlin in the Church of Ireland...


The organ

The Organ
Organ (music)
The organ , is a keyboard instrument of one or more divisions, each played with its own keyboard operated either with the hands or with the feet. The organ is a relatively old musical instrument in the Western musical tradition, dating from the time of Ctesibius of Alexandria who is credited with...

 was built in 1870 by William Hill of London, with 3 manuals and 40 stop
Organ stop
An organ stop is a component of a pipe organ that admits pressurized air to a set of organ pipes. Its name comes from the fact that stops can be used selectively by the organist; some can be "on" , while others can be "off" .The term can also refer...

s. The action on the Great was some form of pneumatic action (possibly Barker lever
Barker lever
The Barker lever is a pneumatic system which multiplies the force of a finger on the key of a tracker pipe organ. It employs the wind pressure of the organ to inflate small bellows called "pneumatics" to overcome the resistance of the pallets in the organ's wind-chest . This lever allowed for the...

) on the Great, and tracker for the other two manuals.

The instrument was then overhauled in 1889 by the Cork Organ-building firm, T.W. Megahy, who added three new stops, though it is not entirely clear which these were. It was at this time that the Organ was moved from the West Gallery
Balcony , a platform projecting from the wall of a building, supported by columns or console brackets, and enclosed with a balustrade.-Types:The traditional Maltese balcony is a wooden closed balcony projecting from a...

 down to a Pit in the North Transept
For the periodical go to The Transept.A transept is a transverse section, of any building, which lies across the main body of the building. In Christian churches, a transept is an area set crosswise to the nave in a cruciform building in Romanesque and Gothic Christian church architecture...

, where it still sits today.

The next major overhaul of the instrument was in 1906 by Hele & Co. of Plymouth, who added a fourth Manual (the Solo). By this stage, the action of the organ was entirely pneumatic.

The last time major work was done to the organ was in 1965-66, when J. W. Walker & Sons Ltd
J. W. Walker & Sons Ltd
J. W. Walker & Sons Ltd is a British firm of organ builders established in 1828 by Joseph William Walker in London. Walker organs were popular additions to churches during the Gothic Revival era of church building and restoration in Victorian Britain, and instruments built by Walker are found in...

 of London rebuilt the instrument. They overhauled the soundboards, installed a new console with electropneumatic action, and lowered the pitch to 'standard' C = 523./3. The organ now has 4 manuals, 56 stops, and 3012 pipes.


  • William Love 1677 - 1698
  • Thomas Hollister 1698? - 1703?
  • William Toole 1703 - 1711
  • Edward Broadway 1712 - 1720
  • William Smyth 1720 - 1721
  • Henry De La Maine 1782 - 1796
  • James Roche 1797 - 1811
  • James Brealsford Stephens 1811 - 1860
  • John Christopher Marks 1860 - 1903
  • William George Everleigh
    William Everleigh
    William George Everleigh was an Irish organist known for his remarkable work at Saint Finbarre's Cathedral in Cork, Ireland...

     1903 - 1922
  • Jonathan Thomas Horne 1922 - 1977
  • Andrew Paul Padmore 1977 - 1984 (afterwards organist of St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast
    St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast
    St Anne's Cathedral, also known as Belfast Cathedral, is a cathedral of the Church of Ireland in Donegall Street, Belfast, Northern Ireland...

  • Colin Gerald Nicholls 1984 - 2007
  • Malcolm Wisener 2007 - current (previously organist at St Bartholomew's Church, Dublin
    St Bartholomew's Church, Dublin
    St Bartholomew's Church, Dublin is a parish church in the Church of Ireland on the Clyde Road located in Ballsbridge, Dublin.-History:St Bartholomew's Church, Clyde Road, was consecrated in 1867...


Assistant organists

  • Mark Casey 1985 - 1991 (now Director of Music at the Parish and Priory Church of St Mary, Totnes)
  • Cecilia Kehoe 1993 - 1997 (now organist and Director of Music at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, Waterford)
  • Ian Sexton 1997 - 2005 (now organist of the Collegiate Church of St Mary Youghal
    Collegiate Church of St Mary Youghal
    St. Mary's Collegiate Church, Youghal, County Cork, Ireland is a Church of Ireland Church in Youghal in East County Cork. Formerly part of the Diocese of Cloyne, it is now in the United Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne and Ross.-Early days:...

  • James Taylor 2005 - current

See also

  • Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross
    Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross
    The Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross is the Church of Ireland Ordinary of the united Diocese of Cork, Cloyne and Ross in the Province of Dublin....

  • Paul Colton
    Paul Colton
    William Paul Colton is the Church of Ireland's Bishop of Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross. He is now perhaps best known for being the priest who officiated at the wedding of footballer David Beckham and Spice girl Victoria Adams on July 4, 1999 at the medieval Luttrellstown Castle on the outskirts...

  • Saint Finbarr
  • List of abbeys and priories in Ireland (County Cork)

External links

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