The façade works on this Victorian Cathedral included cleaning, re-pointing, stone repair, stone carving, sealing, replacement lead work, window repair work & specialist stone fabrication.

Erection and management of a 78m high access scaffold at this live major tourist venue was also required.

RBR Conservation was the principal contractor on this project. RBR specialist operatives carved new stone gargoyles where they could not be restored.

Background & History

Situated near the heart of Cork, St. Fin Barre’s Cathedral is the most recent ecclesiastical site located where the saint is believed to have founded his monastic school in the 7th century.

The present Neo-Gothic cathedral, designed by English architect William Bruges, is made from Cork limestone and marble, as well as Bath stone. This Cathedral was consecrated in 1870. St. Fin Barre’s cathedral was the first major work of the Victorian architect Burges. The style of the building is Early French, Burges’s favoured period and a style he continued to favour throughout his life.

Noteworthy features of its magnificent interior include stained glass windows depicting scenes from the Old and New Testaments, marble mosaics from the Pyrenees while the the sanctuary ceiling portrays Christ, surrounded by angels. The building contains more than 1,260 sculptures, a particularly ornate pulpit and even a 24-lb cannonball, a legacy of the Siege of Cork in 1690.

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