The Relics of St Valentine: Dublin City, Co Dublin


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On a street between St Stephen’s Green and St Patrick’s Cathedral, a pair of gold statues mark the entrance to Whitefriar Street Church. Run by the Carmelite community, the church and gift shop are filled with an abundance of religious statuary. It’s a quiet oasis in Dublin City Centre and welcomes a steady stream of devout visitors throughout the day.

A side altar houses something of special interest,  the relics of St Valentine… yes, the guy who has the holiday named after him. There’s a notebook on hand to document special prayers from visitors, and a plaque states:

This shrine contains the sacred body of Saint Valentinus the Martyr, together with a small vessel tinged with his blood.

Written by Corey Taratuta

Corey Taratuta

Corey hosts the Irish Fireside podcast and blog. His writing appears on www.Lonely Planet.com and www.WanderingEducators.com, he has been nominated for Irish Blog and Web Awards, and his Irish travel program ranks in the iTunes Top 50 Travel Podcasts. Corey’s Tips | Website

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