On the grounds of the Presentation Convent in Tuam, you can find some remarkable religious statues that reflect the Catholic faith and heritage of the town.

The Presentation Convent was founded in 1835 by four sisters from Galway, who came to Tuam at the request of Archbishop John MacHale, who wanted to provide education for the poor girls of the town. The convent was built on the property of William Burke, a wealthy businessman who left a legacy of £30,000 for the establishment of religious institutions in Tuam. His statue stands on the Cathedral terrace, overlooking the convent and the town.

The convent garden is open to the public, and it contains three statues of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a Lourdes Grotto with statues of Mary and Bernadette, and a statue of Christ the King. These statues were erected at different times to commemorate various events and occasions in the history of the convent and the town.

The Sacred Heart statues have the inscription ‘Jubilee, Christ Yesterday, Today, Forever, AD 2000’, and they were installed to mark the Jubilee Year of 2000, a special year of celebration and forgiveness in the Catholic Church. The statues depict Jesus with his heart exposed, symbolizing his love and mercy for humanity.

The Lourdes Grotto was built in 1958, to celebrate the centenary of the apparitions of Mary to Bernadette Soubirous in Lourdes, France. The grotto is a replica of the original one in Lourdes, where Mary revealed herself as the Immaculate Conception and asked for prayer and penance. The grotto is a place of pilgrimage and devotion for many people who come to pray and light candles.

The Christ the King statue has the inscription ‘835-1935, Ave Christe Rex Noster!’, which means ‘Hail Christ our King!’. The statue was erected in 1935, to commemorate the 1100th anniversary of the death of St. Jarlath, the patron saint of Tuam and founder of its first monastery. The statue also honors the feast of Christ the King, which was instituted by Pope Pius XI in 1925, to affirm the sovereignty of Christ over all creation.

The statues on the grounds of the Presentation Convent are not only artistic works, but also expressions of faith and gratitude. They reflect the history and spirituality of Tuam, a town that has been shaped by its religious traditions and institutions for centuries.


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Statues At Presentation Convent Garden



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