St Columb's Cathedral
|St Columb's Cathedral, Derry|
Cathedral Church of St Columb, Derry City
|Coordinates: 54°59′38″N 7°19′23″W / 54.99389°N 7.32306°W|
|Denomination||Church of Ireland|
|Website||St Columb's Cathedral|
|Diocese||Derry and Raphoe|
|Bishop(s)||The Right Reverend Ken Good|
|Dean||Rev. R. J. Stewart|
Rev. M. Ferry |
Rev. D. J. Quinn
Rev. F. D. Creighton
Rev. H. Given
|Prebendary||Rev. S. McVeigh|
|Organist(s)||Ian Kenneth Mills|
The original site of the diocesan cathedral was in Templmore (Irish: An Teampalll Mór or "the Big Church"). Due to the violence of the Nine Years' War, the church was destroyed. It was first damaged by an accidental explosion on 24 April 1568, the church having been appropriated for the storage of gunpowder. On 16 April 1600, Sir Henry Docwra entered Derry with a force of 4,000 soldiers. He tore down the ruins of the Big Church and used its stones to build the walls and ramparts of the city. A small square stone tablet from An Teampall Mór is today fixed into the porch of the present structure. The Latin inscription reads "In Templo Vervs Devs Est Verec Colendvs" ("The True God is in His Temple and is to be truly worshipped").
The present structure, located close to the original, was completed in 1633 by William Parrot, in the Planter's Gothic style. Also in the porch is an inscription:
- If stones could speake
- then London's prayse
- should sound who
- built this church and
- cittie from the grounde.
The Cathedral also contains a memorial to Valentine Munbee McMaster VC.
The cathedral has three Sunday services, 8:00am Early Morning Eucharist, 11:00am Sung Eucharist (1st and 3rd Sundays of the month), Matins (All other Sundays of the month), 10:00am Family Service (4th Sunday of the month) and 4:00pm Choral Evensong.
On weekdays Morning Prayer is celebrated Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 10:30am and on Tuesdays Holy Communion is celebrated with intercessions for the sick.
Dean of 19 years, Reverend William Morton, retired on 18 September 2016, and was appointed Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin. In the transition period, before appointment of a new dean, the Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, Ken Good, appointed Reverend Mervyn T. E. Peoples to assist the cathedral's curate Reverend Canon John Merrick.
On 4 December 2016, Bishop Good appointed Reverend Canon Raymond Stewart as the new Dean of Saint Columb's Cathedral and Rector of the Parish of Templemore. Stewart was inaugurated on 28 March 2017, at the Cathedral, by Bishop Good and succeeded Rev Dr William Morton, who became Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin in September 2016.
- 1873-1878 James Turpin
- 1878-1911 Daniel Jones
- 1912-1914 Sydney Weale
- 1914-1921 Richard Henry Coleman
- 1921-1948 John T Frankland
- 1948-1968 Michael H Franklin
- 1968-1971 Neil Wade
- 1971 Ian Barber
- 1972-1980 Michael Hoeg
- 1981-1982 Marc Rochester
- 1982-1988 William West
- 1988-1990? Alexander Best
- 1990-1991 William West
- 1991-2001 Timothy Allen
- 2002-2004 Jonathan Lane
- 2005- Ian Kenneth Mills
- "The Cathedrals of the Church of Ireland" Day, J.G.F./ Patton, H.E. p33: London, S.P.C.K., 1932
- St Eugene's cathedral official website. History. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
- "BRIEF HISTORY OF ST COLUMB'S CATHEDRAL LONDONDERRY". www.stcolumbscathedral.org. Archived from the original on 4 January 2009. Retrieved 13 February 2010.
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