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St Peter & Pauls Church

This is one of the most architecturally impressive churches in the city built in the Gothic Style. In 2009, it celebrates its 150th anniversary (foundation stone was laid in 1859).

The church is located just off the city’s main thoroughfare (Patrick Street) and is an oasis of calm amid the hustle & bustle of city life. Archdeacon John Murphy was the church’s founder and a man who lived a most colourful life. Born in to the wealthy Murphy family (Murphy’s of Murphy’s Stout fame) he gave up the privilege of the family and joined the British Navy and fought in the Battle of Trafalgar under Admiral Nelson, where he served with honour. Was subsequently kicked out of the Navy for a brawl and became a wealthy business man in London. After a failed business enterprise where he lost everything he went to Canada and set up a very successful fur trapping company and at one stage even became an Indian Chief.

During his time in the wilds of Canada, he met a missionary priest and re-discovered his faith, went to Rome, became a Catholic priest and finally ended up back in Cork, where he did tremendous work for the poor until he died. Visit St Peter & Pauls throughout the week, to see this beautiful church and to read more about this remarkable priest.

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