Church of Ireland notes

Throughout the summer, a new exhibition at Christ Church brings forgotten cathedral artefacts to light.

In the daily life of the cathedral, the historic archives and cathedral treasures receive regular attention. However, relegated to storage rooms and dusty areas, out of sight and mind, are unused and forgotten artefacts. Curious or outdated, discarded or over- looked, the intriguing array of items on display in this exhibition reveal long-forgotten aspects of cathedral life; from fragments of old pottery, seals, swords and deed boxes to choir books, guide books and brass plaques. Each item gives a glimpse into the past, helping visitors understand the evolution of Dublin’s oldest continuously-used building.

Fascinating associated stories abound, from the soldier eaten alive by rats in the cathedral crypt to the Archbishop of Dublin’s gallows at Harold’s Cross. See a widow’s mite coin discovered in the cathedral grounds, dating from 100 BC; a bone needle used for stitching shrouds; a Viking box; photographs of the neighbourhood from the 1870s and a selection of beautiful gothic keys, among other items.

This exhibition has been curated by Canon Roy Byrne, a member of the cathedral's Library & Archives Committee, and the cathedrals' Exhibition Officer Dr Ruth Kenny. It is open daily 9am-7pm and entrance to the exhibition is covered by the normal cathedral admission charge. See or contact


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