STATUE OF ST. BRENDAN

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The St. Brendan Statue, on the grounds of St Brendan’s Cathedral in Loughrea in Galway, is a stone statue of St. Brendan, the patron saint of the diocese of Clonfert, which stands on the façade of the tower. The statue was sculpted by Michael Shortall, who also created the statues of St. Patrick and St. Brigid on the side towers.

St. Brendan, also known as Brendan the Navigator, was a 6th-century Irish monk who is famous for his legendary voyages across the Atlantic Ocean in search of the Isle of the Blessed. He is said to have encountered many wonders and miracles along the way, such as islands of fire, sea monsters, icebergs and even a paradisiacal land that some have identified with America.

The statue depicts St. Brendan holding a cross and a boat, symbolizing his faith and his adventurous spirit. He is dressed in a simple monastic habit, with a hood covering his head. His face is serene and calm, as if he is gazing at the horizon. The statue is made of limestone, which gives it a weathered and ancient look.

The statue is a fitting tribute to St. Brendan, who is revered as one of the most influential figures in Irish history and culture. He represents the spirit of exploration, discovery and evangelization that characterized the early Irish Church. He is also a source of inspiration for anyone who seeks to follow their dreams and passions.

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Statue of St. Brendan

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