Schwarze Notmuttergottes and Our Lady of Dublin: Two more Black Virgins

I’ve seen upwards of 20 Black Madonnas since stumbling half-drunk into the dark and cool confines of the Notre Dame de la Daurade basilica in Toulouse 15 years ago, so astonished at its Black Madonna that I embarked on a near-obsessional path in search of more “Vierges Noires”.  The flame has abated, but it still gives me an excuse from time to time, when I travel someplace new, to visit an

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