Irish Shore - variation 4 - Nephrite & Shamrock Crucifix

Irish Shore - variation 4 - Nephrite & Shamrock Crucifix


This chaplet is a celebration of Father Michael Meehan's imagination, and the Little Ark of Kilbaha.

1852, Kilbaha, County Clare, Ireland:
To circumvent laws which forbade the celebration of Mass nearly everywhere, Father Meehan built a moveable church -- a horse-drawn, wheeled box that came to be called the "Little Ark." For six years, Father Meehan and his parishioners celebrated Mass on the one bit of safe ground: the shore of the sea, between the marks of the high and low tides. The Little Ark is still in existence, and can be seen at Moneen Church, in Kilbaha.

The crucifix of this chaplet is adorned on both sides with shamrocks. It's solid bronze, hand-cast from a vintage original.

The stone Aves are curved nephrite in mottled-greens and grays, reminiscent of the colors along the shore in Kilbaha. Among these are beads of matte glass and brass.

The connecting rings are bronze.

Crucifix: about 1.25"
Aves: about 11mm long
Length: about 7"

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The chaplet is strung on premium quality Soft Flex jewelers' cable, composed of 49 strands of steel encased in nylon, with a test strength of 26 pounds; each end is double-crimped for security.