A set of wooden rosary beads and crucifix which belonged to Mary Josephine MacDonagh. Mary Josephine was the eldest sister in the MacDonagh house and entered the Sisters of Charity where she taught and ministered to the sick in the order’s schools, hospitals and hospices in Dublin.
She took the religious name Sister Francesca and she was the only member of the MacDonagh family who managed to visit Thomas on the eve of his execution. The beads are divided by small discs of silver and gold plate denoting the different sections of the rosary (Mysteries) and the different prayers to be said.
These are the five prayers of the rosary including The Apostles Creed, Hail Mary, the Our Father and Glory Be and the Fatima prayer (or the first Mystery).