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Loved this. This is called the “Door of Reconciliation” because two warring medieval families, the Butlers and the FitzGeralds ended their bloody feud with this surviving artifact. In 1492, Black James (an Ormond) took refuge behind this door at the Chapter House of St Patrick’s Cathedral. Gearoid Óg FitzGerald, whose soldiers had surrounded Black James and his men, wanted to negotiate a truce but Black James refused until FitzGerald ordered his men to hack this hole into the door, through which he offered his hand to shake in peace.

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