The Honan Chapel & Collection - Virtual Tour


This section of the site allows one to virtually step into the world that is the honan, and explore it from within and without through the medium of quicktime virtual reality.

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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. Brendan
St. Brendan (Clarke)

According to the Navigatio Sancti Brendani Abbatis (The Voyage of St. Brendan), the 6th century abbot set out in a leather-and-wood boat, with 17 other monks, to find the Promised Land in the West. "Brothers, do not fear," said Brendan, in a text that may have been written as early as the year 800. "God is our helper, sailor and helmsman, and he guides us. Ship all the oars and the rudder. Just leave the sail spread and God will do as he wishes with his servants and their ship." In the centre panel Brendan is depicted holding an oar. A legend tells that in the sixth century he voyaged for seven years into the western ocean in a vessel of wicker and hide. The bottom panel figures Judas Iscariot standing upon a mid-ocean reef where he was found by Brendan and his monks. The exotic birds in the border are the fallen angels seen by the monks in the legend. His feast day is 16th May.

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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