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St Patrick's Cathedral, Dundalk

RegionCo. Louth
Uploaded byKate Manning
Henry Willis & Sons (1900)

The Willis organ was installed in 1900 and had its first public performance on July 1 of that year. The performance was given by Henry Lucas Balfour, then organist of the Royal Albert Hall in London. An entry in the Henry Willis & Sons general ledger dated February 15, 1900 has this organ recorded as Grand Pneumatic Organ - £1826 (i.e. British Pounds). The organ was installed in the rear gallery over the entrance to the nave, in what would be referred to as the west gallery had the church been built on the traditional east-west axis. (

Left jamb:
outer columns
SWELL (expressive)
(Swell Octave)
(Swell Sub Octave)
Vox Humana 8
Clarion 4*
Cornopean 8
Oboe 8
Contra Posaune 16*
Flageolet 2
Gemshorn 4
Salicional 8
Vox Angelica 8
Lieblich Gedact 8
Open Diapason 8
Lieblich Bourdon 16

Left jamb:
inner column
(Choir to Great)
Swell to Great
Swell to Choir
Swell to Pedals
Great to Pedals
Choir to Pedals

Right jamb:
inner column
CHOIR (expressive)
Tierce 1 3/5*
Nazard 2 2/3*
Corno di Bassetto 8
Piccolo 2
Concert Flute 4
Clarabella 8
Dulciana 8
Gamba 8

Right jamb:
outer columns
(Choir Octave)
(Choir Sub Octave)
Clarion 4
Trumpet 8
Fifteenth 2
Flute Harmonique 4
Principal 4
Claribel Flute 8
Open Diapason 8
Open Diapason 8
Double Open Diapason 16

Ophicleide 16
Bass Flute 8
Octave 8
Bourdon 16
Violone 16
Open Diapason 16

* 1930s additions by Henry Willis III

Not part of Willis’ original specification:
Swell Octave
Swell Sub Octave
Choir Octave
Choir Sub Octave
Choir to Great
The Nazard and Tierce on the Choir organ are also not original ranks.

Manual compass: CC-a’’’
Pedal compass: CC-f
Temperament: Equal
Order of manuals: Choir I, Great II, Swell III

The Manual action is Tubular Pneumatic (Vincent Willis 1889 patent)

Reversible thumb pistons in Swell keyslip: Great to Pedals | Swell to Great
Reversible foot pedal to left of pedalboard: Great to Pedals
All combination pedals read left to right.
Swell combinations 1-4 to left of expression pedals
Great/Pedal 1-4 to right of expression pedals

Pedal 1 Draws Open Diapason 8, Lieblich Gedact 8, Salcional 8
Pedal 2 Adds Gemshorn 4, Oboe 8
Pedal 3 Adds Flageolet 2, Cornopean 8
Pedal 4 Minus Oboe 8
Adds Mixture, Contra Posaune 16, Clarion 4

Pedal 1 Draws Pedal Violone 16, Bourdon 16, Bass Flute 8
Draws Great Open Diapason 8, Claribel Flute 8
Pedal 2 Adds Pedal Open Diapason 16, Octave 8
Adds Great Open Diapason 8 (large), Principal 4
Pedal 3 Pedal No Change
Minus Great Claribel Flute 8
Adds Double open Diapason 16, Fifteenth 2
Pedal 4 Adds Pedal Ophicleide 16
Adds Great Mixture,Trumpet 8