Monday, August 11, 2014

The Church of Saint Nicholas, Galway

In the heart of medieval Galway is the 14th century church of St Nicholas, the patron saint of sailors. The photos here show a small fraction of the monuments on display. The Lynch memorial window-the heads of the angels were apparently smashed when the church was occupied by Cromwellian troops who used the church as a stable and ransacked the city in the 17th century.
Around 750 men from Galway city and county fell in the Great War. The Celtic Cross, hidden away in this church is their only monument.
The crusader grave for a knight called Adam. It predates the church by about fifty years and whoever prays for his soul will have forty days less to spend in purgatory.
The remnants of a flag, the proud banner of “The Devil’s Own” as the Connaught Rangers were known.

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