St Eunan 's Cathedral Raphoe, Donegal, Ireland

mikequigley

Derry, United Kingdom

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Raphoe in County Donegal Ireland. It’s not really a city – just traditionally claimed to be because of the fact that it has two cathedrals. In fact, most people from Raphoe are not even aware that it is a city! In 1988 BBC radio programme “Brain of Britain” referred to Raphoe as being the smallest cathedral city in Europe. Raphoe was founded by St. Columba in the 6th century, who would have built a wooden church as part of his monastery. About a century later the monastery and church were re-founded by St. Eunan (or Adamnan), a relative of Columba’s and the ninth Abbot of Iona who lived from 627-704. Nothing survives of the early church today. The current building is a mixture of successive re-buildings and alterations dating from the seventeenth to late nineteenth centuries, most of the present fabric dating from the 1730’s. The final restoration was in 1893.

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