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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‘Icons of Irish Science’ – Professor Nicholas Callan

Some years ago Museum Curator Niall McKeith was interviewed about Professor Nicholas Callan as part of the radio series ‘Icons of Irish Science’. The programme was originally broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 on 3rd September 2005.

Professor Nicholas Callan (1799-1864)
Professor Nicholas Callan (1799-1864)

Nicholas Joseph Callan was born on December 22, 1799 and entered Maynooth College in 1816. Callan’s major claim to fame is as the inventor of the induction coil.

‘Icons of Irish Science’ focused on the work of internationally recognised Irish scientists, including George Boole (1815-64), William Rowan Hamilton (1805-65) and Ernest Walton (1903-95).

The podcasts (including the Callan programme) are available here.