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Our volunteers are an essential part of our community.  Our 40 volunteers fulfil a variety of roles and they play a vital part in the successful running of the building. There is a role for everyone at the Cathedral. Some of our volunteers conduct guided tours while others ring our bells and we appreciate the input made by all. Saint Patrick’s is also a wonderful place to get work experience and the Cathedral facilitates internships as well as work placements in partnership with Dublinia and the Print Museum. Read our volunteer handbook to find out more.

Please note: Volunteers and staff who are in contact with children or vulnerable adults will be Garda vetted before commencement of their role and must conform with the Cathedral’s Safeguarding Trust policy.

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What kind of roles do the volunteers perform?

Welcome team

Hospitality is central to the Cathedral’s identity. Whether they are visiting the building to worship or simply to explore some of its fascinating stories, it is vital that everyone who visits the cathedral receives a warm welcome. Our volunteers help to distribute information leaflets to visitors, answer questions and help to ensure that our visitors have an enjoyable experience.

Guided tours

The Cathedral offers free tours for members of the public at set times each day. These are delivered by both Cathedral staff and volunteers. Guided tours are crucial for helping our visitors engage with the life and history of the building and ensuring that they have an enjoyable experience. Volunteers receive training on guiding tours, no previous experience is necessary.

Bell ringing

Bell ringing has been going on at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral for around 700 years, and today this proud tradition continues. Learn more about becoming a bell ringer.

Volunteering

Volunteer Education Facilitator

The Education Department are responsible for the delivery of education sessions to visiting groups such as Primary and Secondary schools. Education Facilitators will be asked to deliver sessions to these visiting groups. Education sessions generally involve a guided tour of the Cathedral followed by an activity which is focused around one subject area. (Either History, Art, Architecture, Religion or Music).

Interested candidates can contact the Education Department by email at education@stpatrickscathedral.ie

Volunteer Chaplain

The Cathedral invites applications from all people, either lay or ordained, who wish to volunteer by regularly spending some time in the Cathedral interacting with visitors and responding to their enquiries and pastoral needs. The chaplains will be available to those visiting the cathedral and will offer an additional ministry to those already offered at Saint Patrick’s. They will help visitors to feel welcomed and will have the opportunity to utilise and improve their listening skills. Chaplains will spend time in the Cathedral on a regular basis, primarily making themselves available to visitors who wish to engage with them. They will be part of a broader team of staff and volunteers that assist in meeting the Cathedral’s visitors’ needs. Chaplains will interact with visitors and welcome them to the building. Full training is provided. Contact community@stpatrickscathedral.ie for more information.

Interested in getting involved? Saint Patrick’s welcomes applications for new volunteers. An informal chat with our volunteer coordinator can help you decide which role is the best fit for you.
Email: education@stpatrickscathedral.ie
or fill out our online application form here.