|St. Mary's Church, across from the archway as I prepare to enter the grounds.|
At the age of eighteen, Michael Joseph Geraghty began his religious education 29 September 1911, in the First University class of the seminary at Holy Cross College, Clonliffe. Leaving Holy Cross College, he was sent to complete his degree at the prestigious seminary of St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth.
Here, on 28 April 1918, at the age of 25 years, he was ordained Father Michael Joseph Geraghty by Bishop Patrick Morrisroe.
|Through the archway on to the grounds.|
|Through the little door in the door,|
my curiosity led me to follow someone inside.
Perhaps it was my own childhood experiences of raging priests, but whatever the reason, fear of Father Michael created trepidation about visiting the place at which he was educated. Thankfully, the passage of time now makes St. Patrick's College at Maynooth appear only tranquil and beautiful rather than frightening. The buildings and grounds are deeply quiet and inspire contemplation, and it is tempting to imagine what life might have been like here for my granduncle.
Truth be told, I still feel slightly uneasy at the place. It didn't help that on the Sunday of this visit there was a deep grumbling within the clouds of the chalky grey sky; and, when I explained to the woman in the office that my granduncle had attended seminary school at Maynooth she was less than welcoming.
|The halls which overlook the inner green space are lined with portraits of priests and bishops down through the ages.|
I searched through them for an image of my grandfather's brother, Michael Canon Geraghty.
|Another hall of portraits, and no sign of the Very Reverend Geraghty.|
|At the back of the college, the entrance to the church.|
|Another rear view.|
|At the back of the college, a path through this enormous green leads to a gate which leads into a special space (see below).|
|This beautiful 'cathedral' of trees leads to the small cemetery used for the burial of clergy.|
To view photographs I shot in 2012 which show the small cemetery at the end of this walk,
visit my cemetery blog, 'Over thy dead body'.(*Click on images to view larger versions.)