In 1652, it is said that Cromwellian troops used the church to stable horses after the siege of Galway. They defaced all of the angels in the church for being icons while they were there.
Only one remains and we call him the ‘smug angel’.
Cromwell occupies the Church
Cromwells soldiers occupied the church when they came to Galway in 1653, which saw the wide scale destruction of tombs and ‘idolatrous’ imagery - they defaced the angels throughout the church bar one, who is now affectionately called Smug Angel.