St. Machán’s Shrine (Replica)

18 Sep

While exploring the Dublin National Museum of Ireland, the artifact that most caught my attention was the St. Machán’s Shrine Replica. At first, I thought it was just a really big and shiny box. After looking more into the subject I found out that Manchán of Lemanaghan (St. Manchán) was an Irish Saint (obviously). He founded a monastery in the year 645, after giving St. Ciaran a monk blessing before he went off to battle. After a successful return, Diarmuid granted St. Ciaran the land of Leamonaghan. St. Ciaran then sent St. Machán to Christianize the land, which he thus did, and then established the monastery.

The shrine in replica form, contains a top row of figures, yet in the actual shrine, it does not. Also, the shrine is said to contain the relics and remains of St. Machán. The actual shrine resides in St. Machan’s Catholic Church in Boer.


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