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Recommeded Outside Event: A Monumental Legacy- Archbishop John Hughes and the Building of St. Patrick’s Catherdral

March 7, 2014 - July 31, 2014

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Featuring a Selection of Paintings from the Brian P. Burns Collection of Irish Art.

The Irish immigrants who fled their famine-ravaged homeland during the 1840s made an immediate and indelible impact on their adopted country. Within a generation, St. Patrick’s Cathedral rose above Fifth Avenue as a living monument to their ascendance in their newly-adopted home. Soon becoming an iconic New York City landmark and “America’s Parish Church,” the Cathedral is visited by millions and known throughout the world.

Born in Ireland and educated in America, Archbishop John J. Hughes emerged as the visionary and driving force behind the Cathedral, which he considered a necessary sanctuary for his people and their faith. Focusing on his remarkable life, A Monumental Legacy tells the story of a diaspora for whom the Cathedral he envisioned represented both a spiritual home and a symbol of their success as a community.

With St. Patrick’s Cathedral now undergoing a once in a generation restoration and with the passing of 150 years since Archbishop Hughes’ death, it is time to tell their story. Drawing on extensive original research and enhanced by a selection of paintings from one of the most important private collections in Irish America, this story is told by leading historians and cultural commentators. Further enhancing the exhibition, expert narrative panels and rarely seen artifacts from the Archdiocesan Archives will be on display.

With generous sponsorship from CapTrust

Consulate General of Ireland, 345 Park Avenue, 17th floor, New York

To schedule an appointment to visit the exhibition “A MONUMENTAL LEGACY: ARCHBISHOP JOHN J. HUGHES AND THE BUILDING OF ST. PATRICK’S CATHEDRAL” please contact the Consulate of Ireland by telephone at 212-319-2555 Ext. 0. Weekdays between 11 am and 4 pm by appointment only. Please call a few days ahead to ensure an appointment.‎


March 7, 2014
July 31, 2014


St. Patrick’s Cathedral/Consulate General of Ireland New York


Consulate General of Ireland New York
345 Park Avenue 17th Floor, New York, United States
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