The present organ, standing impressively in William Hill’s imposing case of 1908, was rebuilt in 1971 by J.Walker & Sons, as a three-manual organ of thirty-two speaking stops. One of the few organs in Ireland with a 32ft pedal stop, it is much admired for its warmth of tone and versatility of character. Although primarily used to enhance the daily liturgies of the Cathedral, this organ is one of Dublin’s main recital instruments on which many internationally eminent players have performed.
Professor Gerard Gillen – Titular Organist St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral
Gerard Gillen has been Titular Organist of Dublin’s Pro-Cathedral since 1976 and is Professor Emeritus of Music at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, where he was head of Department from 1985 to 2007. He is widely regarded as one of Ireland’s leading church and concert organists. A First Class Honours graduate University College, Dublin, Oxford University, and the Royal Flemish Conservatoire of Music, Antwerp (where he gained the Prix d’Excellence, the highest award for instrumental performance, in the class of Flor Peeters), Professor Gillen has given over 900 recitals throughout Europe, Israel, and America, performing in such prestigious venues as the Royal Festival Hall, London, King’s College, Cambridge, St Thomas’, New York, Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, Notre-Dame and La Madeleine, Paris, St Stephen’s Cathedral, Vienna, St Thomas’, Leipzig, St Bavo, Haarlem, cathedrals of Brussels, Antwerp, Bruges, Ghent, Pittsburgh, and major recital venues in Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Estonia, Italy etc. He has also been a member of international competition juries in Oxford, Ann Arbor, London and Dublin.