The Daly Mausoleum is a neo-classical structure that stands within the grounds of Saint Theresa’s Church in Castledaly. The mausoleum was built by Peter Daly, a member of the influential Daly family who acquired the nearby Castle Daly in 1829 and transformed it into a grand mansion. The mausoleum contains the remains of several members of the Daly family, who were prominent in the social and political life of Galway and Ireland in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Peter Daly was a barrister and a politician who represented Galway Borough in the British Parliament from 1830 to 1832. He was also a supporter of Catholic Emancipation and a friend of Daniel O’Connell. He bought Castle Daly from the Blake family, who had owned it since the late 16th century. The castle was originally a tower house called Corbally, but Peter Daly renovated it and added a classical façade. He also built a new church for the parish of Castledaly, dedicated to Saint Theresa of Avila, and donated land and money for its construction. The church was completed in 1850 and consecrated by Archbishop John MacHale.
The mausoleum is located near the church and is a simple but elegant structure with a pedimented portico supported by four Ionic columns. The entrance is flanked by two marble statues of angels holding wreaths.
The mausoleum is a testament to the legacy of the Daly family, who contributed to the cultural, religious and political development of Galway and Ireland. It is also a fine example of neo-classical architecture in rural Ireland, reflecting the taste and wealth of its builder.
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