Kilmore Cathedral

12th century Romanesque doorway

Inserted into the north wall of the 19th century Cathedral of St Feidhlimidh in Kilmore Upper is a beautifully decorated 12th century Romanesque doorway. It is believed the doorway was removed from the Abbey of the Holy Trinity on Trinity Island in Lough Oughter, the doorway had previously been moved to the island from the Cathedral at Toneymore when the church fell into disrepair. The four ordered doorway features decorated chevrons around the archway with superb intertwined animal heads, see image below, on the jambs. St Feidhlimidh, aka Felim or Phelim, was a 6th/7th century hermit and priest. In the field to the south of the Cathedral is a holy well also dedicated to St Feidhlimidh.

The Romanesque doorway

Four orders

Decorated capitals

knot work, see capital above

The Cathedral of St Feidhlimidh

St Feidhlimidh's Well

Situated: From Cavan Town head northwest on the R198 (Railway Rd). After 5.5 kilometres, there is a cemetery on your left, take a right turn here. The Cathedral is 170 metres up here on your right.

Discovery Map 34: H 3839 0355. Last visit Nov 2013.

Longitude: 7° 24' 53" W

Latitude: 53° 58' 47" N

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Photos: Jim Dempsey.

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