Thursday Doors



I promise not to bore you with any more Thursday Doors from St. Mary’s Collegiate Church after this. There were far too many to add to last week’s post so I saved some for this week. These photos are of the door to Boyle’s Chapel, situated inside the Church. Richard Boyle, one of the most successful men of his time, purchased Sir Walter Raleigh’s estates in Youghal. He was born in Canterbury in 1566 and arrived in Ireland in 1588 with few possessions, but great ambitions.

It was Boyle’s marriage to heiress Joan Apsley in 1595 that enabled him to purchase Raleigh’s estates for £1,500. Having brought settlers over from England, he became Lord Boyle when he introduced veteran soldiers to the area, creating a ‘settled’ Colony in the maritime port of Youghal.
Boyle in no small way influenced the granting of a new charter to Youghal in 1609 and the town saw great development thereof. Goods such as cloth, wine, tobacco and luxury items were imported for the English settlers, while exports included pipe staves, wool and cattle. There was great potential for a pig iron industry in the town which could fulfill a great demand in England. A good supply of timber for charcoal, rich iron ore deposits along with water power and a great sea port encouraged Boyle to generate an active iron industry in the early 17th century.


I’m sorry I didn’t get a better shot of this very elaborate monument in Boyle’s Chapel but I couldn’t stand far enough away to get all of it in the picture. It shows him reclining with his first and second wives, Joan Apsley and Katherine Fenton, on either side of him. Boyle’s mother Joan Naylor is placed above (top of image).  Some of his of 16 children are portrayed keeling in a row in front of him. His first wife died in childbirth and is represented with a baby at her feet.

Boyle died in 1643 and was buried here with his mother – but not his wives. His second wife bore him 15 children before she expired at the age of 42. Of his eight daughters, seven married noblemen and four of his seven sons were ennobled in their father’s lifetime. The most notable of his offspring was Robert Boyle, the natural philosopher and author of Boyle’s Law.

Thanks for reading and if you would like to see some more Thursday Doors have a look at Norm’s Blog.



About Jean Reinhardt

Author of 'A Pocket Full of Shells' an Amazon International best seller, Jean writes young adult and historical fiction. She has been known to shed a tear over Little House on the Prairie.
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39 Responses to Thursday Doors

  1. Beautiful door and aged wood in Boyle’s Chapel and interesting history to go with it. Thanks, Jean.

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  2. Dana M. Muir says:

    As always, fascinating history. I like the photos too but we will have to see them in person.

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  3. jan says:

    15 children – omg – no wonder she died so young. If I were her, I probably wouldn’t have wanted to be buried with the old rascal. Send him back to mama!

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  4. Dan Antion says:

    These are beautiful doors (and I love the history lessons). Thd door ah the bottom is amazing.

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  5. There is nothing boring about these doors! Great shots and info, as usual, Jean. You are so good at this.

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  6. Norm 2.0 says:

    Not boring at all Jean. Wonderful doors and a fascinating history lesson is what I love most about this weekly event. Great post 🙂

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  7. pommepal says:

    What an inspirational man, but I admire his wife, 15 children, no wonder she was worn out at 42. Interesting doors and history, not at all boring.

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  8. Great doors and history lesson! I can’t imagine giving birth to 15 children! 2 was plenty for me. 🙂

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  9. What an enriching post!! Thank you so much for the share❤️❤️

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  10. joannesisco says:

    Wow – there is so much in here to comment on!
    The first thing that struck me was the rounded arch door way with a rectangular door. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen one before. I’m glad you showed both sides because the 1st photo had me quite puzzled!!

    … and fifteen children! OMG women really had a rough life!

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  11. Fascinating history and a beautiful door Jean, how could that be boring?!

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  12. pattimoed says:

    Great biography, Jean! Um…what would Dr. Freud say about being buried with his mother and not his wives??

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  13. Ha ha! Good one, Patti. 🙂


  14. Kash Pals says:

    Giving birth to 15 children, can’t imagine that. Beautiful door and an interesting history with it wasn’t boring. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. I missed the college last summer, we only had a few days. Looking forward to exploring more this summer, fingers crossed 🙂

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  16. Ali Isaac says:

    Very interesting, Jean! But she died aged only 42… after giving birth to 15 children? Poor woman! Imagine going through that 15 times. No wonder she ‘expired’.

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  17. Such beautiful woodwork – I could look at doors like this all day! And no wonder that poor woman expired after 15 children. That almost sounds like torture!

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