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THE IRISH PRIEST'S  ROSARY
from the county clare museum - ennis ireland


~ HIDDEN FOR YEARS ~

   
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HAND DRILLED ROCKS
 A very long and heavy rosary, typical of those worn by priests during this time. Very well made with heavy gauge chain and wrapped wire, The handmade heart center was very popular. Each dark rock counting bead  (probably from the area, states the museum) was hand drilled. The cross was very small compared to the size of the rosary. And according to Adrian Kennedy, former head of conservation at the National Museum of Ireland, " appears to have been unfinished by the craftsman who made it." 
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This is a wonderful rosary with a legend dating back to the 1700s to go with it. Our images are not very good but we hope you can imagine what this very very large rosary made of black stone beads (North Clare) looks like with its simple center and very small crucifix at the end.
 

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~ THE PRIESTS STORY- ~
THE LEGEND 
OF THE PRIESTS ROSARY
The community of Spanish Point (Miltown Malbay Co Clare) was very familiar with the story about a priest, possibly a Dominican) who was fleeing for his life from the 'red coats' in the 1700's (During the Penal times). He left his rosary behind. During this period, the English were out to destroy the faith, especially priests and religious, and the language of the people along with taking their land. 
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SHE BURIED IT IN FEAR
The lady of the house where the priest stopped found the rosary and buried it for fear of them being found as discovery would put lives in jeopardy. Found on a farm in the 1970's while spring plowing, a farmer was able to bring the legend to a moment of reality.
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~ CLARE MUSEUM- ~
Clare Museum, Ennis, is located in a beautifully restored former convent
built by the Sisters of Mercy congregation in 1861. We hope you visit when you are in the area.

ABOUT CLARE MUSEUM

Arthur's Row, Ennis, Co Clare
 Ennis town centre, off O'Connell Square, next to Temple Gate Hotel
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 Telephone No: 065 682 3382
 Fax No: 065 684 2119
 claremuseum@eircom.net


 


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WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR
Since this is an open museum for antique and vintage rosaries, we encourage you to send your images for consideration. Things we look for:
CLEAR IMAGES (a must) - UNUSUAL CONFIGURATIONS
AND MATERIALS USED
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ANY INFORMATION YOU HAVE IS IMPORTANT
If known, please include
AGE - ORIGIN - SIZE
If you don't know, possibly you have information on its owner, age or history.  Please include anything you feel will identify your rosary or chaplet such as prayers, name of chaplets if known. Remember, the purpose of this site is for the student of the rosary - for those interested in the history of the rosary and how it has been used over the centuries.
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WE MAY BE ABLE TO HELP
So if you have no information, please do not let that stop you from sending it in.  And if we cant help, we will ask for others to add their comments.
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WELCOMING YOUR COMMENTS
You may see rosaries and chaplets in our museum that you know something about, if so, please share - many have and it has become a wonderful resource for those who want to learn about the rosary and its history.
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Please identify your email ROSARY MUSEUM so it is not deleted by mistake.
Mail information and images to:

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IDENTIFYING RELICS
1st CLASS
 Part of a Saints body (bone, hair, etc.) and the instruments of Christ's passion

2nd CLASS
 An item (clothing, etc) owned by the Saint or instruments of torture used against a martyr

3rd CLASS
 Traditionally a cloth or object that has touched a 1st or 2nd Class Relic or the tomb of a Saint



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