The Calvary Sculptures on the grounds of St Brendan’s Cathedral in Loughrea are a remarkable example of religious art in Galway. They depict the scene of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, surrounded by his mother Mary, his beloved disciple John, and his faithful follower Mary Magdalene. The sculptures are located on the south side of the cathedral, facing the main street.

The sculptures were created by Michael Shortall, a renowned Irish sculptor who also carved the statue of St Brendan on the facade of the cathedral tower. Shortall was one of the leading artists of the Celtic Revival movement, which sought to revive and celebrate the Irish cultural heritage in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He worked with other prominent figures of the movement, such as John Hughes, Michael Healy, Evie Hone and Sarah Purser, who contributed to the rich decoration of the cathedral with their stained glass windows and carvings.

The Calvary Sculptures are made of stone and have a realistic and expressive style. They convey the emotions of sorrow, pain, love and devotion that characterised the final moments of Jesus’ life on earth. The sculptures also reflect the influence of medieval art, especially the Romanesque and Gothic styles that can be seen in many Irish churches and monasteries. The sculptures are a testament to the skill and craftsmanship of Shortall and his collaborators, as well as to the faith and devotion of the people of Loughrea.

The Calvary Sculptures are a reminder of the passion and resurrection of Christ, as well as of the artistic and cultural legacy of Ireland.


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Calvary Sculptures



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