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St Eunan's Cathedral, Raphoe

RegionCo. Donegal
Uploaded byMatthew Breen
Unknown (?)
Wells-Kennedy Partnership Ltd (1997)

Situated in the small town of Raphoe, near the Northern Irish border, St Eunan's is no Westminster Abbey. It is, however, an ancient, historic building and is the focal point of the town.
Inside, the cathedral has a country parish church feel to it, but boasts a long nave and an ornate sanctuary.

The organ (the work of a yet unknown builder) does its best to fill the space, but is admittedly undersized.
In itself, the instrument is aesthetically pleasing, with gold front pipes and a case of dark oak, classical in style.
Tonally, it is a curious organ: Its size and specification resembles that of a one manual organ subsequently made playable on two. Also, the stops are positioned in a row above the manuals, in the typical fashion of a one manual organ.
So perhaps that's what it is:
The instrument was restored in 1997 by Wells-Kennedy. The keyboards (with their strangely short, stubby keys) are new, as are the stop labels. It's highly probable that during this restoration, the layout of the instrument was altered to provide the versatility of having two manuals, with the same specification.
Whatever the case may be, the voicing is sweet and lyrical, and the action is satisfying (though a little heavy).

Open Diapason8
Principal 4
Fifteenth 2
Lieblich Gedackt 8
Salicional 8
Harmonic Flute4
Bourdon 16
Swell to Great
Great to Pedal