I had visited St Patricks Cathedral on the last day of our visit only to find that it was the original Catholic Cathedral but during the time of the Reformation it had been taken by the British and become the Church of Ireland.
I thought there must be a Catholic Cathedral and found it was located very close to our hotel. On the morning of our departure I grabbed my camera just after 6 am and walked a few blocks to find the Pro-Cathedral.
Hidden away on a back street site just off O'Connell Street I found the Cathedral. Dedicated in 1825 before Catholic emancipation the site was the best the city's Anglo-Irish leaders would allow a Catholic cathedral.
The cathedral was not open when I visited pre breakfast.
St Mary's Pro Cathedral is in Marlborough Street parallel to O Connell Street. This church is known as the Pro-Cathedral because the church always planned to built a new cathedral on the central park, in Merrion Square. Building began in 1815 and was completed in 1825. It was designed by John Sweetman, and is based on the church of St Philippe-le-Roule in Paris.