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THE sign in the foreground and the activity towards the skyline provided that perfect moment in time for this classic snapshot captured all of 13 years ago.

The photograph was taken in May 2004 during renovation work on the giant cross on the spire of the landmark St Mary’s Cathedral, Killarney’s most iconic building.

Brave workmen operating from a steel crate hoisted by a giant crane were elevated to the top of the spire where scaffolding had been positioned to enable them to complete the difficult task.

The work was completed during the Dr Bill Murphy’s tenure as Bishop of Kerry and Killarney architect Harry Wallace was there to supervise the project and ensure everything went according to plan.

The foundation stone on the Augustus Welby Pugin designed cathedral was laid in the summer of 1842 and the building was opened to worshippers in 1855.

Interestingly, the spire and the nave weren’t added until 1907 and it was completed by the Dublin architects Ashlin and Coleman.

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