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THE CARDINALS' HATS
(Cardinal Michael Logue, 1887-1924)

Returning directly to the Lady Chapel we pass beneath the Cardinals' Hats, a unique but now also an historical feature of the primatial cathedral. They are no longer conferred on new members of the College of Cardinals who simply receive a biretta when created. These hats, hung after the death of the respective Cardinals, went deliberately untended so that their decay would represent the end of all earthly glory. The most recently hung and last to be presented is that of Cardinal Conway. Beside it are Cardinal Logue's and that of Cardinal O'Donnell. On the opposite side (near the former alter of St Brigid) hang the hats of Cardinals D'Alton and MacRory.