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Christ Church Cathedral - Dublin, Ireland
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member cldisme
N 53° 20.579 W 006° 16.355
29U E 681564 N 5913893
Quick Description: A unique event at Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin is used as a simile in James Joyce's "Finnegan's Wake."
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Date Posted: 7/10/2008 6:46:33 PM
Waymark Code: WM45K5
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member stickerooni
Views: 85

Long Description:
While visiting the Crypt of Christ Church Cathedral, you will come across a unique artifact in the church's history. The mummified remains of a cat and a rat are on display. The theory is the cat chased the mouse into an organ pipe and both became stuck.

The existence of the mummified remains of the duo struck a chord with James Joyce and he made reference to them in his, also unique, novel "Finnegan's Wake."

Visiting Christ Church Cathedral can be done from 9:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (or 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. during the months of June, July and August) for a fee of €6.00 for Adults and €4.00 for Children. NOTE: Visiting can be restricted during service times.
Short Description: The mummified remains are that of a Cat and Rat, and not a mouse as made reference in the book.

Book Title: Finnegan's Wake

First Year Published: 1939

Author's Name: James Joyce

Name of Waymarked Item: Mummified Cat and Rat

Location of Item: Crypt of Christ Church Cathedral

More Information:
The sign at Christ Church Cathedral reads: THE CAT & THE RAT The one, presumably chasing the other, became trapped in an organ pipe in the 1850s and were mummified. They are referred to in James Joyce's "Finnegan's Wake" where someone is described as being "...As stuck as that cat to that mouse in that tube of that Christchurch organ..."


Admission Price?: 6.00 (listed in local currency)

Link to more information about the book or waymarked item.: [Web Link]

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