For a Catholic country, it is ironic that the two largest cathedrals in Dublin are both Protestant. But that’s a good indication of its long history as part of Britain before the struggle for Irish independence succeeded in the 20th century.The current English Gothic style St Patrick’s Cathedral dates from 1220 and is situated next to the well said to be where Saint Patrick baptized pagans to become Christians on his visit to Dublin in the 5th century. Over the centuries the church had fallen into disrepair but in the late 19th century restoration work was done, largely sponsored by the famous Guinness family.
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