St Brigid’s Cathedral, Kildare through the Centuries
From all over Ireland, leaders of Church and State arrived in Kildare by special trains on that 22 September. The cathedral consecrated by Archbishop Plunket of Dublin (who was, of course, also bishop of Kildare) and the sermon was preached by Archbishop Edward Benson of Canterbury. Benson died less than three weeks later, on his way back to England, and is commemorated in Kildare by the three light window depicting scenes from the life of Saints Patrick, Brigid and Columcille. The east window, behind the high altar, full of eucharistic symbolism, is a memorial to the worthy Dr. Chaplin, who died in 1891.
Notes on the history complied by The Very Reverend John Paterson, Dean of Kildare (1978-89)