Galway Cathedral to celebrate turning 50

Harry Lawton of Fr Griffin road has created a model of Galway Cathedral to mark the 50th birthday event.  Harry, pictured  here with Fr Peter Rabbitte PP,  worked as a carpenter on the construction of the Cathedral and has been working on the replica for 18 months. Photo:- Mike Shaughnessy

Harry Lawton of Fr Griffin road has created a model of Galway Cathedral to mark the 50th birthday event. Harry, pictured here with Fr Peter Rabbitte PP, worked as a carpenter on the construction of the Cathedral and has been working on the replica for 18 months. Photo:- Mike Shaughnessy

Close to 1,700 people are expected to attend a  jubilee Mass in Galway Cathedral tomorrow (Friday ) to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the cathedral.

Cardinal Seán O’Malley from Boston will be the chief celebrant at the Mass, which will take place in the cathedral at 7.30pm. 

Also as part of the Jubilee celebrations, classical musical trio The Priests will perform in the Galway Cathedral on Sunday August 16 at 8pm. 

The trio have been singing together since they boarded  as students at St MacNissi’s College, Garron Tower, County Antrim in the 1970s. After signing a deal with Sony BMG in April 2008, their self titled album The Priests was recorded in Northern Ireland and Rome, with the unusual honour of having been allowed to record in St Peter’s Basilica, The Vatican.

The Priests have now recorded three additional albums and a written a book recounting the story of their musical journey together. To date The Priests have sold 3.5 million records worldwide.

“We are delighted to have The Priests perform a concert in Galway Cathedral,” said Fr Martin Whelan of Galway Cathedral. “This is a big year for us as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of our cathedral. Having such wonderful artists sing in the cathedral makes this jubilee year extra special. We hope the people of Galway will enjoy this event and be part of our celebrations.”

Patrons are asked to be seated by 7.45pm for an 8pm sharp start. Tickets at €25 for the main nave and €15 for side and back naves are available now at the cathedral book shop and parish office. 

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