The helmets, swords and heraldry of Knight of St.Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin really intrigued me. St. Patrick's was beautiful. The Cathedral was founded in 1191 and is the largest church in Ireland. By the 1800s, the Cathedral was is serious disrepair. Portions of the Cathedral were in ruins. In the 1860, about the time of the American Civil War, Sir Benjamin Guinness, head of the famous brewery, agreed to undertake at his own expense the restoration of St. Patricks's Cathedral. Guinness, whose father had died in 1855 was the richest person in Ireland having inherited the Guinness Brewery from his father, spent £150,000 to restore the Cathedral.
From 1783 until 1871 the cathedral served as the Chapel of the Most Illustrious Order of Saint Patrick, members of which were the Knights of St. Patrick. The heraldic banners, swords and helmets of the knights at the time of the change still hang over the choir stalls of the Cathedral to this day.