The McGrath Tomb 1543

The beautifully carved McGrath Tomb is thought to be one of the finest 16th c. stone carvings in Ireland. Among many depictions are the twelve apostles, Saint Patrick, Saint Catherine, Saint Carthage , Gregory the Great, and the Seven Sorrows of Mary. The twelve apostles are around the side, with Saint Patrick, Saint Catherine and Saint Carthage on the east end. The west end depicts the crucifixion. The covering tablet is taken from 15th century Irish woodcuts. The cross is flanked by Gregory the Great, and two shields representing the McGrath coat of arms, and the heart of the Virgin Mary (the seven swords representing the seven sorrows of Mary, and the letters A and M stand for “Ave Maria”.

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