Star of the Sea

The "quiet church" introduced at the beginning of Nausicaa, from which the sound of prayer "streamed forth at times," is obliquely named at the end of the sentence when readers are told that the prayers are addressed to "Mary, star of the sea." Mary, Star of the Sea is a Roman Catholic church in Sandymount that at the time of the novel was located very close to the shore.

John Hunt 2014

Star of the Sea, Sandymount, photograph by Robert French, ca. 1880-1900, held in the National Library of Ireland. Source:

Painting of Mary as beacon of sailors, artist unknown. Source: