are looking into the chancel (point 10
on the Church Plan), which is
the oldest part of St. Nicholas Collegiate Church.
Dedicated to Saint
Nicholas (aka. Santa Claus), patron Saint of Sailors,
the church was built in 1320 AD on the site of an earlier chapel.
the canopied 'Bishop's Seat'.
Columbus is believed to have worshipped in St.
in 1477. Galway
might have been the place where Columbus heard first of the tales
Brendan the Navigator.
Irish monk believed to have discovered Paradise on his
sea journeys in the 6th century. Some scholars say that it could
have been America. Columbus may have been inspired by these tales
when he set sail for the New World in 1492.
The stained glass windows of the chancel are in memory of members
of the Persse and Fleetwood-Berry families.
East and West windows date from the late 19th century, of German origin.
More windows from the chancel you will find in the left column of
right we see the entrance to the Chapel of Christ which contains the
'Crusaders Tomb' from the 13th or 14th century (12).
It came possibly from a nearby chapel of the Knights Templar which
was destroyed in 1324.
banners hanging on either side of the entrance to The Blessed Sacrament
Chapel are battle standards of the Connaught Rangers, used during
the Peninsular Wars (1808-1814) (3).
Celtic cross is a memorial to various parishioners who died during
the First World War (2).
objects have not been identified as to their exact origin and purpose,
but are believed to have been part of a throne which was carried
to 'Land of Ancient Green' and 'Breastplate' arranged to a traditional
Irish tune by Steve Ehrenfried. It is performed by the Concert Church
Choir of Old Saint Patrick's in Chicago and accompanied by members
of the Metropolis Symphony Orchestra.
concert was held in St. Nicholas Collegiate Church on occasion of
the Galway Arts Festival on July 23 2000.
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