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Pictured here is a laneway that leads to Shandon Street in Cork City. Cork is a city filled with old narrow streets, and this area in particular is filled with narrow residential streets and some impressive religious architecture. The tower pictured at the end of the laneway is part of the Cathedral of St Mary and St Anne.

The Cathedral of St, Mary & St Anne, known locally as the North Cathedral is located at the top of Shandon Street in one of the most historic areas of Cork. The Cathedral is the principal church of the diocese of Cork & Ross and is the place where major diocesan celebrations take place. The Cathedral was dedicated in 1808 and celebrated its bicentenary in 2008. After being maliciously set alight in 1820, the cathedral was fully restored. Restoration work was again carried out in 1964 when the interior layout was changed, and then again in 1996 which saw the restoration of the gothic ceilings, the external stonework and the tower we see here. Local people raised over 3.5 million pounds for the project, showing how well loved this building is in the area.

As I took this shot, one of Corks more notable spires is behind me, that of the Shandon Steeple of the church of St Annes. This is a Church of Ireland building and its position on a hilltop overlooking the River Lee has made it an icon of the city.

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Additional Photos by Noel Byrne (Noel_Byrne) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2759 W: 15 N: 6635] (23274)
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