The Honan Chapel & Collection - Virtual Tour
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This window, placed above the high altar, was designed by A.E. Child, the manager of the Sarah Purser's "Tower of Glass" studio in Dublin. Harry Clarke briefly attended Child's classes in glass-making in the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art. This window features the Risen Christ, he holds a banner of victory. A crown of glory can be seen in the upper part of the window. This alludes to the kingship Christ. In the pre-Vatican II liturgy there was a special focus on Christ as a royal priest. The window terminates with a image of the four Evangelist symbols (man for St. Matthew; lion for St. Mark; ox for St. Luke and eagle for St. John) surrounding a cross inscribed with the letters IHS - Christ's initials. In the pre-Vatican II liturgy, the Feast of the Kingship of Jesus Christ took place on the last Sunday of October. The focus of this feast was on Christ as King and Peacemaker.
There are nineteen windows in the Honan Chapel. Eleven were designed by Harry Clarke and eight were designed by An Túr Gloine (The Tower of Glass), 1903-63. Sarah Purser employed three designers in her studio: A. E. Child, Ethel Rhind and Catherine O'Brien. They all contributed work to the Honan Chapel. Both glass studios were based in Dublin. The Honan Chapel represents the first major commission for Harry Clarke. In 1914 Sir John O'Connell commissioned the young Clarke to produce the west windows. Between 1915-17 Clarke worked on windows in the nave and sanctuary.
The windows in the sanctuary, around the altar, represent scenes from the Passion of Christ recounted in the Gospel of St. John, the Risen Christ, the Virgin Mary and St. Joseph. Those at the west end, over the door, represent the three great saints of the early Irish Church (St. Columba or Columcille, St. Patrick and St. Brigid). The windows in the nave represent the local saints of Cork and its surrounding communities in Munster.
The nineteen stained glass windows have been cleaned and restored by Abbey Stained Glass Studio in Dublin.