Religion and Calendar Customs

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This collection contains approximately 1,150 objects, including silver rosaries, crosses, reliquaries, altar stones and crucifixes. It also features framed prints of religious motifs, plaster statues, religious vestments and altar cloths. 

Objects relating to calendar customs, including objects associated with the festivals of St Brigid’s Day, May Day, St Patrick’s Day, Lúnasa, Hallowe’en and Christmas, are also on display.

Further Reading

Augusteijn, J. (ed) (1999).  Ireland in the 1930s: New Perspectives.  Four Courts Press, Dublin.

Butler, A. and Burns, P. (2000).  Butler’s Lives of the Saints.  The Liturgical Press, Collegeville, Minnesota.

Carroll, D. (1999).  Religion in Ireland: Past, Present and Future.  Columba Press, Dublin.

Cronin, M. and Adair, D. (2002).  The Wearing of the Green: A History of St Patrick’s Day.  Routledge, London.

Danaher, K. (1972).  The Year in Ireland: Irish Calendar Customs.  Mercier Press, Cork.

Donelly, J.S. and Miller, K.A. (eds).  Irish Popular Culture 1650-1850.  Irish Academic Press, Dublin.

Evans, E.E. (1957).  Irish Folk Ways.  Routledge and Kegan Paul, London.

Fallon, B. (1998).  An Age of Innocence: Irish Culture 1930-1960.  Gill and Macmillan, Dublin.

Farmer, D. (2004).  Oxford Dictionary of Saints.  Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Hughes, H.  (1991).  Croagh Patrick: An Ancient Mountain Pilgrimage.  Harry Hughes, Westport, Co. Mayo.

Marshall, R. (2003).  Celebrating Irish Festivals: Calendar of Seasonal Celebrations.  Hawthorn Press, Gloucestershire.

McMahon, S and O’Donoghue, J. (2004.)  Brewer’s Dictionary of Irish Phrase and Fable.  Weidenfeld & Nicholson, London.

O’Loughlin, T. (1999).  St Patrick: The Man and His Works.  Triangle, London.

Roe, H.M. (1976).  The cult of St Michael in Ireland.  In: C. Ó Danachair (ed.) Folk and Farm.  Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Dublin.