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St. Jarlath’s College is a Catholic secondary school in Tuam, Galway. It was founded in 1800 by Oliver Kelly, under the patronage of the then Archbishop of Tuam, Edward Dillon. On the garden grounds of the college, there are three stone statues that represent the religious heritage and identity of the school. These are the statues of St. Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and St. Jarlath, the patron saint of the Archdiocese of Tuam.

On the garden grounds of St. Jarlath’s College, there are two statues of St. Mary, one on each side of the main entrance. They are made of white marble and stand on pedestals with inscriptions that read “Ave Maria” and “Regina Coeli”. These are Latin phrases that mean “Hail Mary” and “Queen of Heaven”, respectively.

St. Mary is revered by Catholics as the mother of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. She is also considered the model of faith, obedience, humility, and charity. She is often depicted holding the infant Jesus in her arms or standing at the foot of the cross. She is also associated with various titles and apparitions, such as Our Lady of Lourdes, Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady of Guadalupe, and Our Lady of Knock.

On the garden grounds of St. Jarlath’s College, there is also a statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It is made of gray stone and stands on a pedestal with an inscription that reads “Jubilee, Christ Yesterday, Today, Forever, AD 2000”. This inscription commemorates the Jubilee Year 2000, which was a special year of grace and forgiveness declared by Pope John Paul II to mark the 2000th anniversary of the birth of Jesus Christ.

The Sacred Heart of Jesus is a symbol of the love and mercy that Jesus has for humanity. It is often depicted as a heart surrounded by thorns, pierced by a lance, and crowned with flames and a cross. It represents the suffering that Jesus endured for our sins, as well as the burning love that he has for us.

On the south facade of St. Jarlath’s College, there is a statue of St. Jarlath. It is made of brown stone and stands on a niche above a window. It depicts St. Jarlath holding a crozier (a staff) in his left hand and a book in his right hand.

St. Jarlath was a 6th century Irish priest and scholar from Connacht. He was also the founder of the monastic School of Tuam and a patron saint of the Archdiocese of Tuam. He is said to have been a disciple of St. Benignus, who was a disciple of St. Patrick, the apostle of Ireland.

The statue of St. Jarlath at St. Jarlath’s College honors the legacy and patronage of this saint who was instrumental in spreading Christianity and education in Ireland.


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Statues At St. Jarlath's College



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