Saint Canice's Cathedral celebrating 700 years in Kilkenny.

One of the most important buildings in Kilkenny is St Canice's Cathedral, which this year celebrates its seven hundredth birthday.

Kilkenny is a city which lavishes love on its ancient buildings and they in return give the city its very special character.

Dean of St Canice'sl Brian Harvey provides some history of the building and the round tower.

This was the part where Saint Canice settled a community in the later part of 500 AD.

While the present building was not built until the thirteenth century, the history of the site goes back  to Saint Canice’s time. The building has undergone several renovations over the years and now the cathedral is in the middle of a £300,000 project to treat dry rot.

Brian Harvey explains that the church is going to be used more frequently apart from its regular use as a place of worship for the Church of Ireland community. St Canice’s looks to be used for a greater number of ecumenical events, carol and religious services,  exhibitions, musical and theatrical events.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 10 May 1985. The reporter is Michael Ryan.