Seven-and-a-half feet in height and weighing about ten pounds, the O'Dea
Crozier is made of silver for the most part, ornamented along the shaft
with crowns and chaste work. Within the crook in the open part is a silver
figure of the Blessed Virgin seated with a dove suspended over her head.
Also to be seen are the figure of the Angel Gabriel in a kneeling attitude
and the figure of a lily growing out of a ewer. The crook is supported
by a pelican with outstretched wings feeding her young. Below the curve
are the enamelled figures of Saints Brigid, Barbara, Catherine, Margaret,
and two others who bear no distinctive emblems, all under canopies. Below
these are the figures of the Blessed Trinity, Saints Peter and Paul, Saint
Patrick, an unknown bishop, and the Blessed Virgin, under rich canopies.
Round the base is a wreath of enamelling containing the name and title
of the bishop: "Me fieri fecit Corneli, O’Deaygh Epus Limiricens,
Anno Dom MCCCCXVIII consecracionis sue anno XVIII" [Cornelius O’Dea,
Bishop of Limerick, caused me to be made AD 1418, and in the eighteenth
year of his consecration].
These relics have been carefully preserved, and are greatly admired
by lovers of the fine arts, as they are splendid specimens of what Irish
artists were able to turn out in the fifteenth century. They have been
exhibited at the Dublin Exhibition of 1862, and at the Congress of the
Archaeological Society, England, the same year. They have been worn on
solemn occasions by the recent Bishops Butler and O’Dwyer.
Currently the mitre and crozier are on display in Limerick’s