The Honan Chapel & Collection - Virtual Tour


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Our Lord Our Lady St. Joseph St. Ita St. Colman St. Brendan St. Gobnet St. Flannan St. Carthage St. Brigid St. Patrick St. Columcille St. Munchin St. Fachtna St. Ailbe St. Declan St. Albert St. Finnbarr St. John Map of the Honan
Window of St. Ailbe
St. Ailbe (Purser)

This window was designed by A.E. Child. Ailbe of Emly was one of the four pre-Patrician bishops. The saint is depicted in the robes of a bishop with a model of his cathedral in his right hand. The lower panel illustrates the legend that as a baby he was exposed in the woods and suckled by a wolf. The arms of the see of Emly are also shown.

According to legend, Ailbe's natural mother was a serving girl and his father an Irish chieftain who was so disgusted by the childís birth that he threw the infant to the wolves. The young Ailbe was not only unharmed by the wolves but consequently suckled by a she-wolf until a hunter discovered him in the wolves den and adopted him. Many years later, after becoming a bishop, Ailbe and the aged wolf who cared for him were reunited. Promising "I will protect thee, Old Mother," Ailbe had the wolf spend her last remaining years in his hall. Accordingly, Ailbe is the patron saint of wolves. His feast day is 12th September.

Introduction to the Windows

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.





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