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Franciscan Faith: Sacred Art in Ireland 1600-1750

A new exhibition entitled “Franciscan Faith: Sacred Art in Ireland 1600-1750” opens to the public on Thursday the 15th November at The National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dublin 7. 

This exhibition coincides with the four hundredth anniversary of the founding, in 1607, of the illustrious Franciscan college at Louvain in the then Spanish Netherlands, now Belgium. It includes religious silver and other material from several of the Franciscan houses, displayed together for the first time. Indeed, many of the pieces have never previously been publicly exhibited.

Noting and commemorating the work of the Franciscan Order in Ireland, it traces the history of the Franciscans and their houses during the turbulent period of the seventeenth century and the penal laws of the eighteenth century. It does so in the main through the medium of religious silver, chalices, monstrances, processional crosses and other religious items that were protected and revered amid the upheavals and uncertainty of the time. One of the earliest and most important exhibits is a processional cross, c1500AD, from Multyfarnham in County Westmeath, one of the most important Franciscan friaries.

A lecture series entitled Franciscan Faith: Sacred Art in Ireland 1600-1750 will take place to coincide with the exhibition at Collins Barracks. For further information on the lecture series and for a programme contact the Education and Outreach Department, National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dublin 7.Telephone: 01 648 6453, Email: 

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