Armagh is also the seat of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Armagh and across the valley and on another hill sits the great French Gothic twin-spired cathedral completed in 1873. Over the years, a spirit of joint witness between the cathedrals has developed and at a St Patrick’s Day service in 1999, Archbishop (now Cardinal) Brady preached, the first Roman Catholic archbishop to do so since the Church of Ireland’s break with Rome.
The Ulster poet, John Hewitt, has left a gentle image of the unity of the two traditions in their allegiance to PatricK:
With the two tall spires or the square low tower;
The faith of Patrick is with us still;
His blessing falls in a moonlit hour.
Robin Marsh, Cathedral Reader
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