Re: Re: St Colmans Cathedral, Cobh
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One of the options would be to build a new cathedral – but not on Great Island as Cobh no longer deserves the status of a cathedral town. Mallow is more centrally located to serve the diocese of Cloyne and has been designated as a “hub town” in the National Spatial Strategy. The Town Park there could provide an ideal site.
To return to this posting for a brief moment. Sirius seems thinks that the Cloyne Cathedra was set up in Cobh because Cobh had some special merit as a centre of population or for some other prestige motive. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Clearly, Sirius knows little of the recent history of the diocese of Cloyne.
Sirius should know that the Cathedra of Cloyne was set up in Cobh by a mere accident of history and the generosity of the Earl of Barrynore who afforded protection to the Catholic Bishop during the persecutions of the 18th. century. From 1749, the Bishop of Cloyne was sheltered by Lord Barrymore at Castlelyons. When the castle burned down in 1770, Lord Barrymore’s residence moved to Barrynore Castle at Carrigtwohill (and subsequently to Fota). With him moved the bishop who set up in Cobh. During the 18th. century, the Earls of Barrymore , especially James, the fourth Earl, prohibited priest-catchers from operating within their manorial domains in East and North Cork.