Take five: 5 fascinating objects on display in the Museum

The Museum of Science and Ecclesiology features an eclectic mix of objects relating to ecclesiastical art and the history of Irish science. Here are just some of the fascinating objects on display:

1. Death mask of Daniel O’Connell (1775-1847)

Death mask of Catholic Emancipator Daniel O'Connell on display in the Museum
Death mask of Catholic Emancipator Daniel O’Connell on display in the Museum

The Museum houses a wax death mask taken one hour after the death of ‘The Liberator’ Daniel O’Connell (1775-1847). O’Connell died in a house in the Via Ponterale, Genoa, on May 15, 1847. He visited Maynooth College just four months previously in January 1847.

For more information on O’Connell’s visit see the following article: Woods, Penny (2010) From the Russell Library: Daniel O’Connell in Maynooth. Síolta.

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