Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Neo-Gothic Chapel



"In 1874, Mitchell Henry Family holidayed in Egypt – an exotic and popular destination in Victorian times.

Sadly, tragedy struck on the River Nile. Margaret contracted dysentery and died sixteen days later. She was beautiful, 45 years old and a mother of nine. “It is not our mistress we have lost, but our mother” said one tenant as the distraught Mitchell had Margaret’s body embalmed and brought back to Connemara so that she could be laid to rest at her beloved Kylemore.

He could not bear the thought of having her lie in the cold ground of a foreign country. Mitchell immediately set about building a cathedral-in-miniature in memory of his wife Margaret. The beautiful gothic church is a testament of his love for Margaret.




Originally, the Gothic Church was a place of Anglican worship. Following the arrival of the Benedictine Nuns to Kylemore, it was re-dedicated as a Catholic Church in 1920. Today, it is used to host musical recitals, poetry readings and cross-community celebrations" (www.kylemoreabbey.com)

8 comments:

  1. Amazing they travelled all the way to Egypt in those days. That must have been quite a travel.

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  2. ...beautiful things were once built.

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  3. Good to have it for events now - maybe people then still think of her.

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  4. Ah yes, the power and depth of his love lives on. It's beautiful.

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  5. What a magnificent structure and the story behind it is wonderful. Greetings!

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  6. What a story. So sad for the children but the love shines through in the building!

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  7. Good prospects of that beautiful church

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