On Sunday, June 11th, a meeting of connection with the institution of
a Museum for Antiquities was held in the College, his Lordship Dr.
Comerford, the Priests and Students being present. A paper on “The
Utility of Antiquarian Research” was read by one of the students.
advantage of the study and collection of antiquities were considered
from a threefold standpoint: (1) Literary, (2) National, and (3)
Religious. The many services which antiquities had rendered and are
still capable of rendering to the cause of science, religion and
nationality were pointed out and exemplified.
The Most Rev. Dr.
Comerford then read a very interesting and instructive paper on the
nature, the formation, the uses, and the comparative ages of some
specimens of antiquities which he had himself collected and preserved.
The collection, as exhibited, comprised - (1) Celts or stone implements
used in early Irish wars; (2) Spear-heads; (3) Old Irish shoes; (4)
Danes’ pipes; (5) Bog-butter; (6) An ancient urn; (7) The Braganza
chalice and paten, both of silver and heavily overlaid with gold; and
also a smaller chalice and paten which belonged to the Penal days.
the conclusion of his paper his Lordship expressed a hope that, as a
hall had already been assigned in the College for the purpose of a
museum, the movement which they were inaugurating that day would be
furthered by the students of Carlow College wherever their future lay -
whether in the old country or in distant lands; that the College Museum
would be always ready to receive specimens forwarded by any of her
children; that the names of contributors would be recorded, and thus a
link would be formed which would remind them of the past and keep their
memories fresh in the minds of those that would succeed them within
those ancient walls.
The Rev. M.J. Wilson moved, and the Rev. J.S.
Lawlor seconded the proposition: “That the sincerest thanks of the
meeting be tendered to the Most Rev. Dr. Comerford for the great trouble
to which he has gone in promoting the study of antiquities and for the
interest and encouragement which he has given to the movement.” The
proposition was carried by acclamation.
Nationalist & Leinster Times 1899
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