A Limerick A Day


The heart of St Laurence O’Toole was stolen from Christ Church Cathedral in 2012

Was stealing this old body part
A bold act of Dadaist art?
Now after six years
There’ll be clapping and cheers
As St Laud’s Chapel gets back its heart

John Moynes

Pic: TheHistoryblog

25 thoughts on “A Limerick A Day

  1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

    It’s like finding out that Tiffany was a medieval name. Laurence O’Toole doesn’t sound like the name of someone who was around in those days to my ears. If you Lorcan-ed it, it’d be even more SoCoDu.

    1. Brother Barnabas

      isn’t lorcan a cork name?

      another very common medieval name was daisy. and it comes from ‘day’s eye’ (not the flower, bellis perennis). so it’s actually the same name as dawn. mad, eh?

      1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

        Heh. I went pure Cork there in my head. Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?
        No. Olan is a Cork name, I think. I know quite a few. Fachtna too.

      2. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

        Interesting. The name Dawn always make me think of someone dopey, for some reason.

          1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

            Or the old-fashioned “tongue shoved down in over your bottom front teeth” manoeuvre.

          2. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

            The neck of youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu
            Well, the neck of me, leaving it there.

        1. Janet, I ate my Avatar

          I’m too busy being flayed as a thick blasphemer to participate
          it’s rather enjoyable actually…
          not really I’m having late breakfast

  2. RuilleBuille

    As an atheist I wonder why a Catholic saint (or part of him) is interred in a Protestant church?

    1. Cian

      Laurence O’Toole, canonized: 1225;
      Church of Ireland: began as a reformed church independent of the Catholic Church in 1536;
      So St Larry pre-dates the Reformation.

  3. dav

    Ask A broadsheet reader – I thought our Protestant brothers left the Papal motheship because of (amongst other reasons) the worshiping of idols and relics? What gives here?

    1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

      AAAArrrrgh. I started looking it up and the first thing I saw was that there’s a relic of Jesus’ foreskin in France.
      It’s known as the Holy Prepuce.

  4. Frilly Keane

    Fake News

    That could be an’ting ah’tall
    Gone off lambs liver
    That bitta pizza you find down the side of the settee

    Ara’ give over

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