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Carlow College Museum of Antiquities23 June 1894

This article appeared in the Carlow Nationalist & Leinster Times: 23 June 1894.


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.

The 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.

At 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.

Carloviana 1994/1995


Nationalist & Leinster Times 1899

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