The Cathedral Square

The Cathedral Square (HM1CV3)

Location: Letterkenny, Donegal 83314 County Donegal
Country: Ireland

N 54° 57.053', W 7° 44.357'

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St. Eunan's Cathedral
Work began on Saint Eunan and Saint Colmcille's Catholic Cathedral in 1890. It was designed by William Hague. It is built of white stone from Mountcharles and cost ?300,000. The ceilings are the work of Amici of Rome, while the wonderful stained glass windows, which illuminate the Sanctuary and the Lady Chapel, are by the Mayer firm of Munich. The carvings show stories from the lives of Saint Eunan and Colmcille. It was dedicated in 1901. The spire stands at 212 ft (c.65m).

Church of Ireland
The Church of Ireland is opposite the Cathedral and dates to the 17th Century. It is probable that when the ancient church at Conwal fell into ruins the first Church was erected in Letterkenny.

In 1733 Canon J.B. Leslie reported that the church was "slated and one side seated". The Rev. William Spann donated the Chalice and Paten in 1744, which are still in use. He died in 1752, and is buried under the Church. An obelisk at the east end of the church is dedicated to the memory of Rev. Dr. John Kinnear a Presbyterian Minister in Letterkenny, who was M.P. for Donegal from 1880 to 1885.

St Eunan's College
St. Eunan's College was built between 1904 and 1906. It was designed by the architect Mc Namara and is an interpretation of late French Romanesque with Celtic details. It was originally founded as a boarding school in 1906 by the then Bishop of Raphoe, Dr Patrick O'Donnell and was intended as a minor seminary to prepare students for the Roman Catholic priesthood. A new wing was added in 1953 to facilitate an ever-increasing enrollment of lay students and a new Church was added in 1950. The present Recreation Hall was built in 1958, and the Science Block in 1968. A new wing, which is called "the New Building" was opened in 1979. In 1992 the boarding wing was closed.

Loreto Convent
In 1854, Reverend Mother Ball was invited by Bishop Patrick Mc Gettigan to Letterkenny to establish a foundation of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary also known as the Loreto order. Enrolments [sic] were small at first but soon increased and an extension was built in 1861. Another extension was built in 1923 and a further wing was added in 1937. A new wing with a Concert Hall was built in 1939, and further extensions were added over the decades bringing the school to its present standard of accommodation and facilities. The school ceased to be a boarding school in 1978.
Ardeaglais Naomh Adhamhn?in
Cuireadh t leis an obair th?g?la ar Ardeaglais Chaitliceach Naomh Adamhn?in agus Naomh Cholmcille sa bhliain 1890. Ba ? William Hague a dhearaigh ?. T? s? t?gtha le cloch bh?n a th?inig as Tamhnach as tSalainn agus chosain s? ?300,000. Is cuid saothar Amici as an R?imh at? sna s?le?il, agus is comhlacht Mayer ? Munich a rinne na fuinneoga gloine dhaite gal?nta, a thugann solas don Sanct?ir agus do Sheip?al Mhuire. L?ir?onn an sno?od?ireacht sc?alta ? bheatha Naomh Adhamhn?in agus ? bheatha Cholmcille. Rinneadh an Ardeaglais a th?olacadh sa bhliain 1901. T? an spuaic 212 tr(c.65m) ar airde.

Eaglais na h?ireann
T? Eaglais na h?ireann, a t?gadh sa 17? aois, d?reach trasna ?n Ardeaglais. Is d?cha gur t?gadh an ch?ad eaglais i Leitir Ceanainn an uair a ligeadh an tseaneaglais i gCongbh?il i l?ig.

Sa bhliain 1733, thuairisc an Can?nach J.B. Leslie go raibh d?on scl?ta? ar an eaglais agus go raibh su?och?in ar thaobh amh?in. Ba sa bhliain 1744 a bhronn an tOirmhinneach William Spann an Chail agus an Paiteana ar an Eaglais. T? siad sin in ?id go foill. Fuair seisean b sa bhliain 1752 agus t? s? curtha faoin Eaglais. T? oibilisc ag an cheann thoir den eaglais t?olactha i gcuimhne an tOirmhinneach, an Dr. John Kinnear, Ministir Preispit?ireach ? Leitir Ceanainn a bh? ina Theachta Parlaiminte do Dh?n na nGall ? 1880 go 1885.

Col?iste Naomh Adhamhn?in
T?gadh Col?iste Naomh Adhamhn?in idir na blianta 1904 agus 1906. Ba ? ailtire darbh ainm Mac Conmara a dhearaigh ? i st?l R?mh?n?il Francach le sonra? Ceilteacha. I dt b?ire, sa bhliain 1906, buna?odh ? mar scoil ch?naithe ar orduithe Easpag R?th Bhoth an ama sin, ar Dr Padraig ? Domhnaill, chun ? a bheith mar chliarscoil faoi choinne mic l?inn a ullmh? don tsagart?ireacht Chaitliceach. Cuireadh p?osa ?r leis sa bhliain 1953 ar mhaithe le sp a chur ar f?il don fh m?r i l?on na mac l?inn tuatacha agus t?gadh s?ip?al ?r sa bhliain 1950. T?gadh an Halla Caitheamh Aimsire at? in ?id i dt?lamh, sa bhliain 1958 agus an Foirgneamh Eola?ochta sa bhliain 1968. Sa bhliain 1979, oscla?odh sciath?n ?r, ar a dtugtar "An Foirgneamh ?r" go foill. Cuireadh cr?och leis an scoil ch?naithe sa bhliain 1992.

Clochar Loreto
Sa bhliain 1854, thug an tEaspag Padr?ig Mac Eiteag?in cuireadh don Mh?thair Urramach Ball a theacht go Leitir Ceanainn agus Institi?id na Maighdeana Muire, n? Ord Loreto, a bhun? ann. I dt b?ire, bh? an tinreamh beag ach d'ardaigh s? sin de r?ir a ch?ile agus cuireadh s?neadh leis an fhoirgneamh sa bhliain 1861. T?gadh p?osa eile sa bhliain 1923 agus ar i 1937. Sa bhliain 1939, t?gadh p?osa eile ina raibh Halla Coirmceoil, agus thar na mblianta ? shin is ioma? leathn? a rinneadh go dt? gur sroicheadh an caighde?n ard c?ir?ochta agus ?iseanna at? ar f?il sa chlochar inniu. ?n bhliain 1978 ar aghaidh, n? scoil ch?naithe at? int? feasta.

For further information please contact Donegal County Museum, High road, Letterkenny on 074 9124613 or email
HM NumberHM1CV3
Placed ByThe Donegal County Council, Letterkenny Town Council, and Donegal County Museum
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Date Added Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 1:16pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)29U E 580742 N 6090053
Decimal Degrees54.95088333, -7.73928333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 54° 57.053', W 7° 44.357'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds54° 57' 3.18" N, 7° 44' 21.42" W
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Area Code(s)208
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1167-1169 Ard Odonnell, Letterkenny Donegal 83314, IE
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