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Nuns and Churches, National Library of Ireland, on Flickr’s Commons

Posted by Laurie Frost on April 6, 2014

More from the 38 sets of pictures from the National Library of Ireland, on Flickr’s Commons, starting with  some nuns from the set, “Collar, Cowl, and Coif“:

About this one, Flickr notes  “this nun was a member of the Daughters of Charity (of St. Vincent de Paul). The distinctive head dress is called a cornette, and led to this order being known as the Butterfly Nuns. The Daughters of Charity abandoned the cornette on 20 September 1964.” The picture also shows the Parnell Monument in Dublin.


Another nun, by Photographer Richard Tilbrook, on O’Connell Street, Dublin in 1964.

colo nun

This one is on Ireland’s west coast at the Cliffs of Moher, 1962.


 The next few pictures are from the “Built Heritage” set.

The note on Flickr about the image below reads: Station Island, Lough Derg, Co. Donegal, c. 1890.   “The traditional pilgrimage involved three days of fasting and two days of prayer. The central prayer of the pilgrimage was called a ‘station’ – prayers were said at the penitential beds, in and around the basilica, at the lake edge and at two ancient crosses. The island’s penitential beds are the circular remains of monks’ cells about a metre high with an entrance and a cross in the centre. This station is St. Patrick’s Cross. The stone shaft in which the cross is set dates back to the Middle Ages and is a relic of monastic times on the island.”


This is Hore Abbey in Tipperary:


The 9th/10th century high cross at Monasterboice , Co. Louth.



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