St. Canice's Cathedral & Round Tower

The Cathedral Church of St Canice,
The Close, Coach Rd,
Kilkenny City, Ireland.

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The Font and St. Kieran's Chair


The Font

St Canice's Cathedral still possesses its original font, restored to its position after being thrown down and broken by Cromwell's soldiers once their horses had finished drinking from it. The font cover is modern Ė depicting the sea of life and the fish showing the traditional symbol of Christianity.


St Kieranís Chair

The North transept contains an ancient stone seat known as St Kieran's chair. The stone under the seat is reputed to have been part of the original bishop's throne at Aghaboe (c. 400), brought here when this church (or its predecessor) became the cathedral of the diocese. The sides are about the same age as the cathedral, and thus are probably from the original clergy stalls or seats in the choir. The bishop is enthroned here and in the choir.

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