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1400th Anniversary of the Death of Saint Fin Barre

This year marks the 1400th anniversary of the death in 623 A.D. of Saint Fin Barre of Cork whose feast day is 25th September.  


The full programme of Patronal Festival services and events

is listed below.



Friday 22nd September

11.00 a.m.  Presentation of Wildlife kits to the children of 3 local Primary Schools

                  (St Fin Barre’s, St Maries of the Isle and Greenmount)

6.15 p.m.   Choral Evensong

7.30 p.m. - 9.30 p.m.   Culture Night: Tour guide presentations at 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m.                                     Short musical programmes at 7.30 p.m. and 8.30 p.m.

Saturday 23rd September

11.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. An open invitation to the people of Cork to visit the Cathedral 

  • Simply to visit

  • To make a pilgrimage

  • To say a prayer or to light a candle


A special invitation is extended to anyone named after Saint Fin Barre (in whatever form, language or spelling) to visit the Cathedral.  Those who can confirm their name to our staff will receive a small limited edition gift to mark this 1400th anniversary.

7.30 p.m.   Organ recital by the internationally renowned organist, Naji Hakim

                  Further details can be found here

                  This recital coincides with the 10th anniversary of the restoration of the                               Cathedral Organ.

Sunday 24th September - The Eve of the Feast of St Fin Barre

11.15 a.m. Choral Eucharist

3.30 p.m.   Patronal Festival Choral Evensong

                  & Consecration of a Holy Icon of St Fin Barre


Monday 25th September - The Feast of Saint Fin Barre

Special assemblies will be held in schools across the United Dioceses of Cork, Cloyne and Ross.

The Cathedral will be closed to visitors throughout the day.


10.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.   Quiet Day and Retreat for the clergy of the Diocese

                                        (Led by the former Archbishop of Armagh - a former Dean of                                                Cork - the Right Reverend Dr Richard Clarke)

7.30 p.m.                         Ordination of a Priest

                                        (The Reverend Martin Steele, Dean's Vicar at the Cathedral,

                                         will be ordained to the priesthood)

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