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This organ was built in 1981 in the neo-baroque style (but can handle romantic works surprisingly well for an instrument of this aesthetic). Although it has a very small specification for the size of the building it sounds very commanding from its situation at the front of the church behind the altar. It features a reversed, detached mechanical console, electric stop action with a comprehensive combination system, and brightly coloured pipes!
It is almost exactly the same tonally as the organ of Holy Redeemer Church, Bray.
The earliest record of an organ in Saint Patrick's is in 1471 when Archbishop Tregury bequeathed 'a pair of organs' for use in the Lady Chapel. During the next two centuries there are various records of payments to organists. Of the many organs in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, the most visually impressive must have been that of Renatus Harris in 1697, built on a screen dividing the nave from the choir, an earlier plan in 1678 having come to nothing. It was completed by 11 March 1697 and extra stops were added two months later; it is thought that the Great No.
St Flannan's College in Ennis is the local Diocesan college. The College Chapel organ has two manuals, each of 61 notes, and a 32-note pedal board. The action is electric, and there are 413 pipes in all.
The extension scheme is as follows: