Down Cathedral

Organ Restoration Appeal

Help us preserve our unique organ for future generations

Down Cathedral houses one of the finest organs in Ireland and deserves to be preserved and maintained in first class condition. The magnificent and renowned instrument has been in use from the early 1800s, enhancing worship and providing enrichment through recitals and various musical events. All who perform on it and hear it are amazed by its beauty of tone.

The instrument you hear today is nearing two hundred years old. It was structurally rebuilt in 1913/1914 by one of the UK’s leading organ builders – Harrison & Harrison of Durham.

The organ still sounds magnificent, so why do we have a restoration appeal?

In any organ the mechanism is complicated. Down Cathedral Organ requires thousands of moving parts to activate its three keyboards and pedals. It is therefore not surprising that many of these components are coming to the end of their effective working life. The organ was last cleaned in 1986 and thirty years of dust, dirt and a certain amount of decorating debris are beginning clog the speaking pipes and mar the fine tone of this historic instrument. Hundreds of the two and a half thousand pipes will have to be removed and individually cleaned. It is an extremely skilled, time consuming and therefore very expensive business.

In order to carry out this work we ask for your support in raising £125,000 so that this splendid instrument may continue to give a wonderful musical experience in this historic Cathedral for generations to come.

Donations to the Organ Appeal may be made in the following ways:



– via our JustGiving campaign page

By text

Whatever mobile network you’re on, you can simply text our unique code – DCOR50 – and an amount of £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to 70070. (NB: Depending on your contract you may also be charged your network operator’s standard text message rate).


Text donation 

Please also see the JustGiving help pages about donating via text.

By post/cheque

– Cheque’s payable to Down Cathedral Organ Appeal

Send to:
The Honorary Treasurer, Mr. James Norwood, 31 The Terrace, Church Street, Downpatrick, Co. Down, BT30 6EH

In person at the cathedral

If you are at the cathedral for a service or simply taking time to visit this historical location there will be a collection box specifically for the restoration appeal.


Thank you for you support!

Contact Us

Please contact us for any reason.
If it’s for a prayer request and would rather not leave your name or email address that’s perfectly fine. But please do include them if you would like us to reply.

You can also contact us at:

Down Cathedral

Cathedral Office, English Street, Downpatrick BT30 6AB Northern Ireland
Tel: 028 4461 4922 Fax: 028 4461 4456