Carlow Cathedral dedicated to Our Lady of
Assumption, was started in 1828 and completed in 1833,
in Gothic style. The main architect was Thomas Cobden, but the
cathedral was the brain-child of the Bishop of Kildare and
Leighlin, James Doyle (J.K.L.), a prominent champion of Catholic
Emancipation, who died the year after the cathedral was opened and is interred
in its walls. A sculpture, by John Hogan, in memorial to the bishop was
finished in 1839. An unidentified baby was left here on January 22, 2010.