The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy of the Second Vatican Council states:  “The pipe organ is to be held in high esteem in the Latin Church, for it is the traditional musical instrument, the sound of which can add a wonderful splendour to the Church’s ceremonies and powerfully lifts up people’s minds to God and higher things.”

The pipe organ in Glenstal Abbey was built by Kenneth Jones of Glendalough and Bray in 1981 and has the following specification.

Great Swell (enclosed) Pedal
Principal 8 Gedeckt 8 Bourdon 16
Rohrflute 8 Salicional 8 Bass Flute 8
Octave 4 Flute 4 Fifteenth 4
Fifteenth 2 Gemshorn 2 Mixture (IV) 2 2/3
Mixture (III) 2 Octavin 1 Dulcian 16 (from Gt)
Dulcian 16 Terzian (II) Trumpet 8 (from Gt)
Trumpet 8 Tremulant Great to Pedal
Swell to Great   Swell to Pedal

It has tracker action on both manual and pedal keyboards.

It is used to accompany nearly all the liturgies and for performances of organ repertoire and improvisation.

Organ Music

A number of recordings of the organ by Brother Cyprian and Fr Columba are available in our Shop.

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Track: Fugue in G Major by J.S. Bach

Album: Musica Jubilans: Sounds of Glenstal

Duration 04:16

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Track: Fantasie from Homage a Frescobalid by Jean Langlais

Album: Organ Music from Glenstal Abbey

Duration 02:47