The Mummified Cat and Rat of Christ Church Cathedral: Dublin, Co Dublin


Mummified Cat and Mouse at Christchurch Cathedral - Photo by Rowan72 via Flickr Creative CommonsMummified Cat and Rat at Christchurch Cathedral – Photo by Rowan72 via Flickr Creative Commons

Most people visit Christ Church Cathedral for its lofty interior, stained glass windows, colorful tile floor, the tomb of Strongbow, and the underground crypt, but it’s the two unexpected residents who catch many people’s attention. A cat and a rat were discovered in an organ pipe in the 1850s, and their mummified bodies are now on display. Eternally trapped in chase, the duo is affectionately named Tom and Jerry and even got a mention in James Joyce’s novel Finnegan’s Wake.

Written by Liam Hughes

Liam Hughes

Liam splits his time between the US and County Tipperary, Ireland. In addition to providing private tours of Ireland, he spends much of his time hunting for broken dishes which he crafts into beautiful shard jewelry.
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