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Carlow County - Ireland Genealogical Projects (IGP TM)

St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church Carlow

Cathedral of the Assumption Organ

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The Organ

The Organ, one of the finest in the country, was completly overhauled at a cost of 38,894. This work was carried out by the Irish Organ Co., and 2,000 pipes were cleaned and tuned by ear.

Souvenir Programme
The Organ was blessed at a Blessing of the New Organ on Sunday, 15th October 1944 at Solemn High Mass at 12 O'clock.  Preacher was Very Rev, James Conway, B.D., President of St. Patricks College, Carlow.

Image source: J.J. Woods

Carlow Cathedral Organ Restored

16. Apr, 2010

Carlow Cathedral will soon have its organ back after a year of restoration. The William Hill organ, that has been in the Cathedral since 1940, has been undergoing restoration work and will shortly be repatriated to the Cathedral. Cathedral Organ The original organ in the Cathedral was a Bevington organ, which was installed in the 1850′s. That was taken out in 1944, and a second-hand William Hill organ was purchased and installed. This organ has been undergoing restoration work in Wicklow since last Easter and on April 26 the organ will be repatriated to Carlow Cathedral. The restoration is absolutely faithful to the original William Hill design and is now totally restored. 2,300 pipes have been patiently and professionally restored during the last year, the frame completely rebuilt with American poplar, while the organ case itself has been lovingly crafted out of European oak. The front pipes of the organ are gilded in gold leaf, the internals totally restored and only glues and materials that would have been used in the 1800′s have been employed. The project has provided ten people with full-time employment for 15 months in the village of Kilcoole, and the finished organ will combine the very best of old traditions and modern technology A major dedication ceremony, followed by a celebratory concert featuring the Cathedral choirs and organists will be held once the difficult work of the installation is complete. It is hoped that in future years distinguished organists will visit to give recitals of Church music.

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