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Augustinian Monks Memorial Statue
Genesis Fine Arts

Mullingar - An Muileann gCearr /  The Pilgrims   Mullingar - An Muileann gCearr /  The Pilgrims


Bronze sculpture of two sitting augustinian monks, one with a scallop shell and a book on his lap, the other with a pilgrim's staff.

Mullingar - An Muileann gCearr / The Pilgrims Mullingar - An Muileann gCearr / The Pilgrims Mullingar - An Muileann gCearr / The Pilgrims


2000 AD


     to celebrate the millennium, this sculpture was clommissioned to genesis
fine arts by the mullingar soroptimists. local people were also generous in
their support of the project.
     in 1996 the foundations of the priory of st. mary, called the house of god
of mullingar & its adjacent burial ground, were uncovered during building
excavations. this priory was founded by ralph petit, bishop of meath in 1227. it
was closed in 1539 during teh reformation. this priory housed the canons
regular of the order of st. augustine. archæologists discovered several
graves, some contained scallpp shells. this proved their owners had
undertaken the pilgrimage to the grave of st. james (the apostel of christ) in
compostela in n.w. spain.
     this monument depicts two augustinians, the older wearing a shell &
reading a pilgrims blessing to the younger, who wears a scrip (bag) & holds a
symbol of the towns rich cultural heritage & a metaphor for our own
pilgrimage into the third millennium.

The text in the book is:

Exaudi, Domine, orationes
nostras pro populo
Spiritus Sanctus
eos benedicat; fides et
spes eorum benedicat.
Itaque, iterum sanctum
faciant in veritate
atque in pace mentis.
Spiritus Sanctus
idem mentes
a malo liberat;
a malis omnibus
defendat eos et

auxilium eis ferunt
ut finis iteris eorum
pervenient sine periculo.
Itaque una dies
perducant in vitam
aeternam in nova
Tu, qui vivas et regnas
cum Patri et
Spiritus Sanctus,
unus Deus, per omnia
saecula saeculorum,

Mullingar - An Muileann gCearr / The Pilgrims


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Locatie (N 53°31'33" - W 7°20'13")

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