Friday, July 10, 2015

Ireland Trip: Part 38: St. Mary's Cathedral's Hanging Corpse

This is part 38 of our Ireland Trip that will explain about the "hanging corpse" from the ceiling of St. Mary's Cathedral, Limerick.
   St Mary's, is a cathedral of the Church of Ireland in Limerick city, Ireland which is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. It was founded in 1168 and is the oldest building in Limerick which is in daily use.

WHO WAS EDMOND SEXTON? -  While we were visiting King John's Castle we learned about Edmond Sexton, a man who was not very well liked in past Limerick history. In fact, after he died, people hated him so much that in 1554 he was secretly removed from his tomb by Alderman Christopher Creagh (Sexton's brother-in-law) and David White, the church organist.

Inside the Cathedral
   They cut off Edmond's right arm from the elbow and left that in the tomb and took the rest of the body. They hung his corpse by the heels from the ceiling above the chancel of St. Mary's Cathedral, It wasn't found until three years later (when they went to bury his wife)!
  Makes you wonder why no one smelled the rotting corpse. Eeeeww!!!
  You can find the full story in a journal article. The article appears in the journal Archivium Hibernicum, by Clodagh Tait
Vol. 56 (2002), pp. 51-64
Article DOI: 10.2307/25484193
Stable URL:
St. Mary's Cathedral

Inside the Cathedral
GHOSTLY FEELINGS IN THE CATHEDRAL - While were were in the Cathedral, I (Rob) kept getting really bad feelings in there - it felt like dark, angry feelings. While there, we made a short video explaining the story. 



Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next