Selskar – Wexford Camino

Selskar

The site at Selskar priory is home to two historic churches.

The original priory was built by the Normans after their arrival in Wexford in 1169. Known as the church of St. Peter and St. Paul, this church was the home of the Augustinian order in Wexford until the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII in the sixteenth century.

Although there are reports of the churches of Wexford being destroyed by Cromwell’s New Model Army in the seventeenth century, a painting of this site in the eighteenth century shows that much of the structure remained at this time, though the tower which now stands on the site was in ruin.

In 1826 a second church was built on the site by the Church of Ireland, to supplement St. Iberius’ Church on the main street. It was designed by John Semple. The medieval tower was restored at this time and part of the original church may have been used for repairs.

In the twentieth century Semple’s Church was de-sanctified and the roof removed due to the cost of insurance.

The graveyard at Selskar contains a medieval sarcophagus and also the grave of William Daniel, who was executed in 1798 on Wexford Bridge. It is home as well to the remains of Dorcas Catherine McGee, who was the mother of Thomas Darcy McGee, one of the founders of modern Canada.

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

Having followed in the footsteps of Saint Ibar and all the holy men and women of Wexford, help me to ponder the faith that they witnessed to and passed on.

Like Saint Ibar on Begerin Island in Wexford Harbour, may I preserve an island of peace within me where I can meet with you Lord and hear your voice.

Like our ancestors in faith throughout the ages of Wexford, may I seek to serve you Lord and all those I encounter on my journey.

When times are difficult, may I remember the struggles of the holy people of Wexford and persevere in life knowing that you are always with me.

And like Fr Roche who built the Twin Churches, help me to build the Kingdom of God here in my own time within my family and community.

May the Twin Church spires of Wexford, pointing gracefully to the sky, remind me to seek first your Kingdom and all other things shall then be added (Matt. 6:33).

I ask this in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Saint Ibar pray for us.