After one day in Dublin, we flew to Cork in southern Ireland. Pictured
above is the main quad of the National University of Ireland - Cork.
Ireland is both as green and as lovely as it is rumored to be. This is a
picture from on the campus of NUI-Cork.
We came to Cork because of its proximity to Cloyne - a small town that
was the seat of an Anglican Bishopric. Berkeley was the Bishop of Cloyne
from 1733/4 until his death in 1753. The 'Round Tower' above is a 10th
century tower that stands across from St. Coleman's Cathedral.
The front of St. Coleman's Cathedral - where Berkeley was bishop,
preached, and worked for the benefit of the people of Ireland. He was a
tireless advocate in his day for the Irish, especially the poor.
Inside St. Coleman's there is a shrine to Berkeley. Here Tom and I stand
next to a plaque dedicated to Berkeley.
A marble bier of Berkeley. He is actually buried in Oxford, England. He
left his bishopric to treat an illness and never returned.
The outside of St. Coleman's. The graveyard and main building are not in
perfect repair, but the parish is seeking to renovate the church and
The graveyard has tombstones dating back to the end of the 18th
century, but I could not find any that dated back to the time of
Berkeley's tenure there.
Right: Me sitting in the bishop's chair. Although the seat has been
reupholstered, Berkeley sat here in the mid-18th century. The church
does have a number of artifacts that would have been in the building
during Berkeley's tenure as bishop.