STATUE OF ST. JARLATH

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The St. Jarlath statue on the grounds of St. Jarlath’s College at Tuam in Galway is a stone sculpture that honors the 6th century Irish priest and scholar who founded the monastic School of Tuam and became the patron saint of the Archdiocese of Tuam. 

The statue is located on the south facade of the college, which is a prominent educational institution in the region. The statue depicts St. Jarlath holding a staff and a book, symbolizing his role as a teacher and a leader of the church. The statue also features a broken wheel at his feet, which is the emblem of St. Jarlath in Tuam and represents a legend about his life.

According to the legend, St. Jarlath was instructed by his mentor, St. Benignus, to establish a new monastery wherever his chariot wheel would break. As he was traveling from Cloonfush to Tuam, his wheel broke near the present site of the cathedral, and he took it as a sign from God to build his monastery there. Six centuries later, this monastery became the center of the Archdiocese of Tuam and the seat of the archbishop. The broken wheel has been used as a logo for St. Jarlath’s College since its foundation in 1800.

The St. Jarlath statue is one of several religious sculptures on the grounds of St. Jarlath’s College. The St. Jarlath statue is a remarkable piece of art that celebrates the history and culture of Tuam and Galway. It is a tribute to the legacy of St. Jarlath, who was a pioneer of education and spirituality in Ireland and whose influence is still felt today.

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