- In 1814, planning started for the construction of a Catholic Pro-Cathedral (provisional cathedral) for Dublin. The Anglican ruling class was outraged at the idea that it should be built in central O'Connell Street, so the cathedral was constructed on a back-street site, hidden away, out of view. Located on Marlborough Street, Irish Catholics flocked here to hear Mass from as early as 1825, before Catholic Emancipation was fully in effect. The facade is based on the Temple of Theseus in Athens. The interior is more austere but has a beautiful depiction of the Ascension carved above the high altar. St Mary's Pro-Cathedral is home to the famous Palestrina Choir, where tenor, John McCormack, began his career. You can hear the choir singing every Sunday during the 11am Mass.
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