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Framed 'C' Series £5 Catherine Mcauley

Foundress Sisters of Mercy

Framed original Irish Central Bank C Series £5 note depicting Catherine McAuley, this piece makes a beautiful addition to any wall. Accompanying description box.


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Framed 'C' Series'  £5 note

The C Series featured major Irish historical figures and the £5 note featured Catherine McAuley. More details below.


12" inches x 10" inches

Attractive mahogany style frame with gold trim

Colour: Brown & Blue

Size: 120 x 64 mm

Security feature: Watermark (Femal Figure)
Metal Security Thread
Latent Image
Micro Lettering

Date on first notes: April 1994

Date on last notes: 2000

More Information

The portrait on the note features Catherine McAuley (1882-1941), foundress of the Sisters of Mercy. The reverse of the note features a typical Irish classroom scene.

The overall theme from the C Series note is based on Irish historical figures. There were 153,000,000 of these notes issued, most of these were cashed in during the Euro changeover in 2001. This is an original note in circulated condition. 

** This production of a Genuine C Series Banknote has been supplied by 'Irish Collectables' with the full knowledge of the 'Central Bank & Financial Services Authority of Ireland'. The copied image of the reverse of the note in the information box is replicated with the kind permission of the C.B.F.S.A.I. The C.B.F.S.A.I reserve all rights.

Catherine McAuley

Catherine McAuley was born in Ireland on September 29, 1787. Her father was a prosperous Catholic gentleman which was unusual at that time for Catholics were not allowed to own property or hold good jobs. Though he died when Catherine was very young, she learned from him great compassion for the troubles of people who are poor. When she inherited a considerable fortune at the age of 48, she chose to use it to build a house where she and other compassionate women could take in homeless women and provide care and an education for them and their children.

She never intended to found a community of religious women. The church (clergy and people) of the time, however, were not supportive of groups of lay women working independently of church structures. Catherine's clerical mentor urged her to form a religious Institute. Catherine and two other women entered the formation program of the Presentation Sisters to formally prepare for life as women religious. At the end of one year they professed vows and returned to the House of Mercy. The Sisters of Mercy consider December 12, 1831 the day of their founding as a religious community.

Catherine lived only ten years as a Sister of Mercy but, in that time, she had established 12 foundations in Ireland and two in England. When she died there were 150 Sisters of Mercy. Shortly thereafter, small groups of sisters left Ireland to establish new foundations on the east and west coasts of the United States, in Newfoundland, Australia, New Zealand, and Argentina.

Total worldwide vowed membership is about 10,000. Mercy International Centre in Dublin, Ireland is the international 'home' of Sisters of Mercy worldwide.

In 1978, the cause for the beatification of the Servant of God Catherine McAuley was opened by Pope Paul VI, and in 1990 upon recognition of her heroic virtues, Pope John Paul II declared her Venerable. This places her on the path towards possible sainthood. Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School in Chicago, Catherine McAuley Westmead, Australia, McAuley Catholic College in Grafton, Australia, McAuley High School in Cincinnati, OH,Catherine McAuley High School in Portland, Maine, Catherine McAuley High School, Brooklyn, NY, and The McAuley School in Doncaster, South Yorkshire are named for her.