As a young researcher, Don McClure lived in my Dublin flat while he was collecting data for his PhD. Now that he’s finished his project, and earned his doctoral degree, he’s working as an Assistant Professor at St. John’s University in New York.
Recently, Dr. McClure was selected to present his findings at a conference held at the School of Education at Maynooth University. Today was the big day, so Aongus and I headed out to the institution bright and early to hear Don speak.
Both presentations in his session were superb, and afterward we had a chance to chat with Don over coffee.
As Don headed back to his sessions, Aongus and I went out into the day, to explore the campus.
Turns out, it was graduation day and the chapel was open to the public. What an amazing site!
I realized immediately that this was a significant design. Turns out, indeed one of a kind. The University’s website states:
Built between 1875 and 1891, this Chapel has 454 carved stalls, making it the largest of its kind in the world.
The place reminded me of the wooden theater in Parma, with a Hogwarts sort of mystique. What a treasure!
The webpage is well worth a read.