Saturday, September 23, 2017

MG6A3014The Pontifical Irish College has been the Ireland’s national seminary in Rome since 1628. Villa Irlanda is located in the grounds of the Irish College. The monument to Daniel O’Connell and the College chapel dedicated to All the Saints of Ireland, containing mosaics by Marko Rupnik, are worthy of particular mention.

San Pietro in Montorio, Piazza S. Pietro in Montorio, 2 is the Franciscan Church on the Janiculum where the seventeenth century Ulster Earls, O’Neill and O’Donnell are buried. The Earls’ tomb stones are on the left of the nave immediately before the principal altar. This Church was Cardinal Paul Cullen’s titular church.

Santo Stefano Rotondo is the round Church located on the street of the same name where Donatus O’Brien the son of Brian Boru is buried. It is ten minutes walk from Villa Irlanda.

San Isidoro, Via degli Artisti 41 (near Piazza Berberini), has been home to the Irish Franciscans since the seventeenth century. The only Irishman believed to have received votes in a papal election and co-founder of the Irish College is buried before the main alter in the Chapel. One of the side chapels is by Bernini.

San Clemente, the home of the Irish Dominicans in Rome, is located on Via San Giovanni in Laterano, the street parallel to Via dei Santi Quattro. The early Christian and pre-Christian excavations under the baroque basilica are among the most remarkable in Rome.

The Chapel of San Columbanus is dedicated to the most celebrated Irish Saint in Italy and is located in the crypt under St Peter’s Basilica near the tomb of St Peter.

Sant Agata dei Goti was the home to the Irish College for over a century. It is located on Via Mazzerino, 16 (near Via Nazionale) and contains depictions of several Irish Saints. It was Cardinal John D’Alton’s titular Church.

St Patrick’s Church, Via Buoncompagni, 31 (near Via Veneto) is the home of the Irish Augustinian community in Rome. It was the titular Church of several Irish Cardinals, including Cardinal William Conway, Cardinal Tomás O Fiach and Cardinal Cahal Daly.

San Silvestro in Capite, Piazza San Silvestro, is administered by the priests and brothers of the Irish Province of the Pallottines. The church is known as “in capite” because it boasts the head of Saint John the Baptist as a relic. It is the titular Church of Cardinal Desmond Connell.

The Church of Santi Quirico e Giulitta, Via Tor de’ Conti, 31/a, is located close to the Roman Forum and is the titular Church of Cardinal Seán Brady.

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