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Ireland’s Finest Medieval Parish Church Celebrates 800years

…..800 years of continuous worship…..

By Youghal Tourism Wednesday AT 3:28PM

St. Mary’s Collegiate Church, in the heart of Youghal, is one of the oldest parish churches still in use anywhere in Ireland.
This year St. Mary’s celebrates 802 years of continuous worship, stretching right back to its foundation in 1220.  (The 800th anniversary celebrations were delayed because of the pandemic.)   As everyone knows, it is an extraordinary building with so much to see and experience… and an absolute magnet for tourists to East Cork.

On Sunday October 23rd at 3.30pm, everybody is welcome to St. Mary’s Collegiate Church for a special service led by Dr. Paul Colton, Bishop of Cork, Cloyne & Ross, when the preacher will be Archbishop John McDowell, Primate of All Ireland.    There will be local representatives, ecumenical guests and visitors from all over the diocese and country present at the service.

 “We are thrilled to be marking the 800th anniversary of this extraordinary building with this very special service. We look forward to welcoming, not just the Archbishop,  but local representatives and visitors from across the country” said Priest in Charge, Canon Andrew Orr

With so many people attending, admission will be by ticket (Free) only.
Tickets, which are FREE, may be obtained from Church Reception Desk,  Crees Card Shop, North Main Street, Youghal, or online from Eventbrite.ie

Contact Information

St Mary's Collegiate Church - Youghal, Co. Cork.

St. Mary’s Collegiate Church

Emmet Place, Youghal, Co. Cork.

Opening Hours
Church Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday 9:30am to 5pm
Service Sunday 11:30am ( No tours during Service.)
Audio Tours (Duration 30 mins)
No booking necessary, ask at reception or may be booked by phone or online.
Monday – Saturday: 10am to 4pm (last audio tour)
Sunday 1pm – 4pm (last audio tour)
Guided Tours (40-50 mins)
Booking necessary (at least 24 hours in advance), may be booked by phone, email or online.
Monday – Saturday: 10am to 3pm (last guided tour)

Call 02420769/02425386 Mob: 0834026613 Visit Website