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Father Aloysius Gentili 1801-1848

Born in Rome. He was responsible for the introduction to these islands of such religious practices as the May Devotions, Eucharistic processions, and the Forty Hours Devotions. He was also instrumental in the adoption of the Roman Collar as an item of priestly dress. It was said that his funeral procession was over three miles long. For years a pilgrimage was made to his grave in Glasnevin cemetery. Ninety years after his death, his body was removed to Omeath Co. Louth. The original vault in Glasnevin was later used for the remains of Matt Talbot.