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Name Thurles Cathedral County Tipperary Nearest Town Thurles Access Road N7 About The magnificent Cathedral of the Assumption stands on the site of earlier chapels in the centre of Thurles in North County Tipperary.

Building commenced in 1865, and the impressive Romanesque cathedral, with its faade modelled on that of Pisa, was consecrated by Archbishop Croke on 21st June 1879.

The architect was J.

J.

McCarthy.

Barry McMullen was the main builder, and J.

C.

Ashlin was responsible for the enclosing walls, railing and much of the finished work.

The skills of these men are evident in the finished building with its wonderful imposing faade.

The cathedral has many beautiful features, including an impressive rose window, a free-standing baptistery and a magnificent altar.

The prize possession of the cathedral is its exquisite tabernacle, the work of Giacomo dello Porta who was a pupil of Michelangelo.

The cathedral was extensively renovated and the sanctuary sympathetically remodelled on the occasion of its centenary in 1979.

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