Material Culture of the Mendicant Orders in Ireland


A selection of photographs of and detailed information about religious artefacts, mainly chalices, belonging to the Irish Franciscans.

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Luke Wadding Papers


Correspondence relating to Fr Luke Wadding OFM and the Irish Friars Minor at St. Isidore’s College, Rome, on ecclesiastical and political matters; and concerning his interests as historian of the Franciscan Order.

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The Franciscans at Inver Náile


Story collected by Sean Kelly, a student at Na Frasa school (Frosses, Co. Donegal) from informant Charles Campbell.

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[Censure of the theological faculty at the University of Leuven on the declaration of loyalty of the Irish to Charles II of England.]


[Censure of the theological faculty at the University of Leuven on the declaration of loyalty of the Irish to Charles II of England.]

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[A portion of a tract by Fray Laureano de La Cruz OFM, about Franciscan journeys along the Amazon from Ecuador to Brazil, 1650-1652.]


[A portion of a tract by Fray Laureano de La Cruz OFM, about Franciscan journeys along the Amazon from Ecuador to Brazil, 1650-1652.]

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[Letter of Fr Philip O'Reilly OFM to Fr Luke Wadding OFM, Prague, with seal, 31st January 1652.]


[Letter of Fr Philip O'Reilly OFM to Fr Luke Wadding OFM, Prague, with seal, 31st January 1652.]

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[Letter of Fr Ludovico McNamara OFM to Fr James Cody OFM, Prague, 4th March 1693.]


[Letter of Fr Ludovico McNamara OFM to Fr James Cody OFM, Prague, 4th March 1693.]

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[Letter of Fr Thomas MacKiernan OFM, provincial of the Irish Franciscans, to Fr John Colgan OFM, and Fr Bernadine Barry OFM, 14th October 1647.]


[Letter of Fr Thomas MacKiernan OFM, provincial of the Irish Franciscans, to Fr John Colgan OFM, and Fr Bernadine Barry OFM, 14th October 1647.]

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Ennis was always famous for being the home of the Franciscans even in the far black olden days when famine and persecution reigned in Ireland


Story collected by Gerald O' Gready, a student at Clooney, Cuinche school (Clooney, Co. Clare) from informant Mrs O' Gready.

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Copy of roll of honour for the Franciscan order, 1648


Copy of roll of honour for the Franciscan order, 1648

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[Verified copy of the proceedings of the Irish Franciscan chapter held in Dublin, July 1666, under the presidency of Fr Mark Brown OFM, Dublin, with seal, 7th August 1666.]


[Verified copy of the proceedings of the Irish Franciscan chapter held in Dublin, July 1666, under the presidency of Fr Mark Brown OFM, Dublin, with seal, 7th August 1666.]

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[Copy of a papal brief of Alexander VII to the Irish Franciscan province, 3rd July 1656.]


[Copy of a papal brief of Alexander VII to the Irish Franciscan province, 3rd July 1656.]

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[Letter of the Irish Franciscan minister provincial and other superiors against Fr Peter Walsh OFM, Jamestown, County Leitrim, 1st July 1662.]


[Letter of the Irish Franciscan minister provincial and other superiors against Fr Peter Walsh OFM, Jamestown, County Leitrim, 1st July 1662.]

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[Fr Anthony Docherty OFM to the Franciscan minister general and commissary general, 12th September 1662.]


[Fr Anthony Docherty OFM to the Franciscan minister general and commissary general, 12th September 1662.]

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[Letter of Fr Francis Matthews OFM to Fr Luke Wadding OFM, Leuven, 4th December 1631.]


[Letter of Fr Francis Matthews OFM to Fr Luke Wadding OFM, Leuven, 4th December 1631.]

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[Copy of request and confirmation of special dispensation granted to the friars of the Irish Franciscan province in 1663.]


[Copy of request and confirmation of special dispensation granted to the friars of the Irish Franciscan province in 1663.]

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[Declaration by Fr Anthony Gearnon OFM, of his support for the Irish Remonstrance of Fr Peter Walsh OFM, London, 1st February 1665.]


[Declaration by Fr Anthony Gearnon OFM, of his support for the Irish Remonstrance of Fr Peter Walsh OFM, London, 1st February 1665.]

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Processional Cross


Processional Cross

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[Copies of two draft letters to the papacy, written by Prior John Cronin OSA and Fr Anthony Garraghan OFM, minister provincial.]


[Copies of two draft letters to the papacy, written by Prior John Cronin OSA and Fr Anthony Garraghan OFM, minister provincial.]

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[A description of the journey made to Ireland by Fr James Taaffe OFM and of his eventual recall to St Isidore's, Rome.]


[A description of the journey made to Ireland by Fr James Taaffe OFM and of his eventual recall to St Isidore's, Rome.]

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[Letter of Fr Lewis O'Neill OFM to Fr Michael Toner OFM, Prague, 22nd November 1690.]


[Letter of Fr Lewis O'Neill OFM to Fr Michael Toner OFM, Prague, 22nd November 1690.]

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[Letter of Fr Anthony Kelly to Fr Patrick Porter OFM, Leuven, 29th January 1699.]


[Letter of Fr Anthony Kelly to Fr Patrick Porter OFM, Leuven, 29th January 1699.]

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[Letter patent of Fr Francis O'Sullivan OFM to Fr John Colgan OFM, Kilconnell, with seal, 22nd August 1650.]


[Letter patent of Fr Francis O'Sullivan OFM to Fr John Colgan OFM, Kilconnell, with seal, 22nd August 1650.]

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[Letter of Fr James White OFM to Fr Francis Harold OFM, Clonmel, 21st April 1670.]


[Letter of Fr James White OFM to Fr Francis Harold OFM, Clonmel, 21st April 1670.]

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