The Choirs

The Cathedral Parish Choir

The Cathedral Parish Choir was established by the Cathedral Organist and Choirmaster, Dr. Karl Seeldrayers in the early 1960’s, as a direct response to the new liturgical requirements following the Second Vatican Council. The choir has sung for the 11.00am Sunday mass since its inception and as such remains the focal point for Music Ministry at the Cathedral.
Under Fr. Liam Lawton (Director of Music 1987-1999), the Cathedral Parish Choir underwent a major transition, embracing the new liturgical music genres emanating from Ireland/UK and the US, while at the same time remaining faithful to our rich heritage of liturgical music and traditional hymns.
Since 2000, under the direction of Marian Gaynor, the Parish Choir has continued its transition, evolving into the confident & dynamic ensemble of today. It embodies the ultimate goal of the liturgy – that of a community united in prayer and song to the glory God. At its core are the values of service, commitment & musical excellence. In preparing the music for the seasons and the various parish events throughout the year the choir learn a vast variety of liturgical music, and draw it from an increasingly varied repertoire. This group is committed, and is blessed with several long-term members.

The choir year runs from September to June incl. and new members are always welcome!

Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 7:30pm – 9:00pm. Venue: Cathedral

The Cathedral Youth Choir

Ama Deus (Beloved of God)

Formerly known as Cathedral Youth Choir/Folk Choir, consistently support
the singing at the 12.30pm Mass each Sunday, from September to May. The
group includes singers and instrumentalists; from 6th class to 6th year,
past members of Youth choir & Folk group, and members of the 12.30pm Mass

Our mission is to support the development of young people’s faith through
the medium of music. To this end members can access workshops and
masterclasses, and other faith and music development opportunities.
Mentoring and support is also provided by the older members, so that
together we can better understand our faith and how music can enrich our
faith journey.

Choir Director: Michael Byrne. Musical Director: Bernadette Dunne

Rehearsals: Time: 12pm every Sunday (in the Cathedral), 11am once a month
(in the Parish Centre)

For further information contact: Michael: Tel: 085 1585085 :Email:

Cathedral Schola

This group was established in 2009 as a chamber style choir and consists of 12 voices (SATB) under the direction of Marian Gaynor. The group draws its repertoire from the more challenging genres of sacred music, including both the traditional and contemporary choral schools and Gregorian Chant.

The Schola usually sing for the 6:15pm Mass, on the Third Saturday of every month, or as the occasion demands.


In addition to the choirs and singers, we have the commitment of instrumentalists to further enhance our liturgies – Pianists, Organists, Flautists, Violinists, Guitarists, and Percussionists.


John Egan, Marian Gaynor, Conor Maguire.

Cantors/Song Leaders

Support the liturgies as singers/animateurs, encouraging the congregation to sing their song in full active participation.

Cantors 2010: Mary Foley, Julianne Woods, Maeve Mahon, Deborah Snoddy, Michael Byrne, Maebh Quinn.

All Music Ministries come together in good spirit to enhance not alone our Sunday celebrations but also our special church celebrations … Christmas, Easter, Songs of Praise, and our annual Carol Service.

Since we are a Cathedral, (the mother church of our diocese) as well as a parish church, we endeavour to maintain a high standard of music both in selection and in performance.


We welcome new members … both Vocal and Instrumental, young or old.
The only criteria are that you have the ability to hold a tune and have a sense of commitment and service.

Interested in joining any of our Music Ministries? Then please contact the following:-

Marian Gaynor, Director of Music
059 914 1267 –

Maebh Quinn, Director Youth Choir
086 105 9503 –

Carlow Cathedral, College St., Carlow
Facebook: Carlow Cathedral Music