St. Eugene's Cathedral

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Delight your senses with the sound of the organ, choir and bells complementing the elegant architecture and ornate features in this church.

St. Eugene’s Cathedral is a neo-Gothic treasure from the mid-19th century. Its tranquil setting and scenic grounds provide a serene break from city life. Its construction came at a time when Catholics were finally able to express their religion after centuries of oppression in Derry. Capture photos of the lofty spire rising high above the charming rows of houses and fields in rustic Derry.

Construction began on the church in 1849 after almost a decade of fundraising. Times were hard due to famine and hunger, so the church did not open until 1873. Learn about the many cathedrals across Ireland built by architect of St. Eugene’s Cathedral, J.J. McCarthy.

Gaze up at the tall bell tower and spire, which were completed in 1903. It is a recognizable part of Derry, rising far above the surrounding buildings. Admire the impressive stained-glass windows from the 1890s that tell Biblical stories.

See the extension organ with its hidden pipes. Attend an organ recital or ceremony to hear the instrument being played. Listen to the cathedral choir, who dress in blue-and-gold robes, as they perform religious hymns.

Above the organ is a pleasant rose window surrounded by stone carvings. Inspect the wooden statues of religious figures and the various paintings and sculptures decorating the church’s interior. These works of art include The Raising of Lazarus, The Transfiguration and The Last Supper.

Marvel at the ornate features decorating the altar. Stroll through the pleasant grounds around the church and appreciate the calm ambiance. The cathedral is a popular choice for weddings and baptisms.

Hear the inspiring sound of the bells ringing seasonal tunes across the city four times per day.

St. Eugene’s Cathedral is just outside the Derry City Walls in the northwestern part of central Derry. It is a 15-minute walk from the Diamond at the epicenter of the walled city. Visit some of the nearby attractions, such as Brooke Park, the Museum of Free Derry and Free Derry Corner. The church has a parking area outside.

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