Please note the following is a listing of normal service times, however these have been suspended until further notice due to COVID-19 restrictions.
1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays at 10.15 am
3rd Sunday: 10.30 am (Family Service)
Wednesday: Holy Communion 10.00 am
Dean and Rector: Very Reverend Dr Paul Mooney
The Deanery, Ferns, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, Y21 CD96
Tel: 053 936 6124 / 085 707 2964
Email: [email protected]
St Edan’s Cathedral
The Church of Ireland Cathedral (said to be the smallest Cathedral in Europe) stands on the site of the early 13th century medieval Cathedral, which was built up by Bishop John St. John at the same time as the building of the Castle. John St. John was the first Norman bishop of Ferns, d 1243 – his effigy tomb lies near the entrance to the Cathedral.
The Cathedral was situated within the bounds of the monastery founded by St. Aidan in the 6th century. The Cathedral was largely destroyed by the O’Byrnes of Wicklow in 1575. Queen Elizabeth 1 order the Cathedral to be rebuilt in 1577.
The Cathedral was originally a transept or cross shape and over time was re-constructed and adapted to the needs of the time. A number of medieval elements remain intact in the chancel area such as beautiful medieval sinks or piscina used to wash sacred vessels. Internal pillars of the original structure can be seen built into the north and south walls, with masonry marks a direct link to the medieval past.
Consecration marks, possibly drawn by Bishop John St. John, point to the many hidden gems in the village of Ferns. This area was again rebuilt in the early 1800s, as commemorated in the date 1817 over the door.