Sir, - I have taken some interest in the long running correspondence in your paper regarding Carlow Cathedral. Although Dublin born, I lived in Carlow until early manhood and attended the cathedral.

The cathedral is in the cruciform shape, which, I suggest, was dictated more by sentiment than practicality. With this shape, people in the two side aisles have difficulty in seeing the main altar.

In the case of Carlow Cathedral, their difficulties were enormously increased by having a huge statue to a former bishop obscuring their view from the left aisle and the enormous, ornate pulpit masking their view from the right. If the current bishop is motivated by a desire to let the people have a clearer view of the main altar, then I totally agree with him. - Yours, etc.,

Gortlee, Letterkenny, Co Donegal.