Wednesday, 1 June 2016

Our Lady of Galway

Our Lady of Galway

In the Dominican Church of St. Mary on the Hill, Claddagh, Galway City, you will find an Altar to Our Lady that incorporates the original statue of Our Lady of Galway, a seventeenth century image, although said to have been a much older statue recovered and restored.  It was crowned in 1683 with a silver crown the gift of John Kirwan, the first Catholic Mayor of Galway in more than a century.  She holds a mother of pearl Rosary the gift of the fishermen of Claddagh. 

Dominican Church, Claddagh

The new Dominican Church was built in 1891.  The Altar shows a Claddagh fishing boat, known as a hooker, St. Enda, the patron of Claddagh, and St. Attracta. 

The Annual Triduum to Our Lady of Galway takes place each year around the end of May or the beginning of June.

Mass is celebrated here in the Gregorian Rite by the Priests of the Institute of Christ the King from Galway, every Sunday at 2.30 p.m. with Confessions from 2 p.m.