Situated in medieval Dublin, Christ Church is not only the seat of the Roman Catholic archbishops but is also the seat of the Church of Ireland. Founded around 1028 the cathedral was rebuilt and renovated many times throughout history and is now accented by flying buttresses, high arching stone ceilings, and, most notably, the Grand Organ which appears to be floating in the air! The Cathedral is home to one of the most reputable choirs in Ireland whose origins trace back to 1493 when the choir school was founded.
Originally built in honor of Ireland's patron saint, St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin was completed in the late 1100's and is the largest church in Ireland. The majestic Cathedral stands adjacent to the famous well where, according to legend, Saint Patrick baptized converts on his visit to Dublin. Beautiful stained-glass windows, impressive architecture, and an enormous organ with over 4,000 pipes make this Cathedral one-of-a-kind! Today it is the location for a variety of public national ceremonies.
The Roman Catholic Galway Cathedral, with its construction having begun in 1958, is one of Europe's youngest Cathedrals. The juxtaposition of Renaissance and traditional Christian art give this church an appealing, unique look. The building is the most outstanding in the entire city. A pipe organ was included in the original instruction and has since then been updated and expanded by Trevor Crowe, an organ builder from Ireland. The cathedral has a choir that was founded when the church was erected and during the summer they have a concert series.
There is evidence of a church at the site St. Mary's Church in Killarney as far back as the 1200s. The name of the town itself–Killarney (in Irish: Cill Airne)–means "Church of the Sloes." Today, St. Mary's is known for its wonderful acoustics and the beauty of its building. The church regularly hosts concerts of local artists as well as visiting choirs and orchestras from around the world.
One of Corks most Prominent buildings is the medieval church called the St. Multose's Church. The 12th century structure that the Norman built is one of the oldest churches of the Church of Ireland and has been in constant use since its founding. The church is home to some interesting things such as a wooden coat of arms, carved memorials, and the Easter sepulcher.
Famed for being Ireland's most romantic Castle, Kylemore Abbey is the perfect setting for choirs. The adjoining Gothic Church, constructed in 1874, is home of many musical performances, poetry readings and cross-community celebrations throughout the year. The church was built in the style of a miniature cathedral as a memorial to the owners beloved late wife, Mary.
The Cathedral of Saint Mary Blessed Virgin has had a long and eventful history. It was founded in 1168 on the site of a palace donated by Donal Mor O'Brien King of Munster. Experts believe that parts of the palace are incorporated into the present structure of the Cathedral. The Cathedral has seen many changes as the city expanded around it and it remains today the oldest and most historic building in Limerick. It is renowned for its wonderful acoustics and typically can seat up to 350 people for concerts. Ensembles can arrange use of a Grand Piano, the Cathedral organ and lighting of century-old Chandelier candles.
St Joseph’s church was built in 1904 using Limerick limestone. The church is of Italian Neo-classical design and is cruciform in shape with a number of Romanesque style windows. The stunning high altar is made from different kinds of marble and the front of the altar is decorated with a carving of the Last Supper.
Limerick’s premiere live entertainment venue, University Concert Hall (UCH) is a 1,038 seat auditorium situated on the University of Limerick campus. Opened in 1993, it was the first purpose built concert hall in Ireland. It has a variable acoustic which can be tailored to suit the needs of all genres of performance including full symphony orchestras, operas and musicals.
The main performance space at the Cork School of Music, Curtis Auditorium is a fully-equipped modern concert hall with 385 seats, adjustable wall and ceiling acoustics, adjustable stage size, 2 Steinway D model grand pianos and recording capabilities.