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. Fachtna
St. Fachtna (Purser)

This window was designed by A.E. Child. Fachtna is Patron Saint of the Diocese of Ross. He established a monastery and school in the area now known as Rosscarbery towards the end of the sixth century. The School of Ross became a celebrated seat of learning and gained an international reputation for study of sacred scripture. St. Fachtna later became first Bishop of Ross. The school survived as a centre of learning until the ninth century when it was besieged and destroyed by the Danes. The border of leaves which surrounds this window symbolises the name of the diocese of Ross which is derived from the Irish word Ros, a shrubbery or wood.

In the second panel from the top is depicted a legend from the life of this saint. Fachtna often prayed on a hill near his monastery. On one occasion, according to legend, he forgot his divine office book, leaving it behind him on the hilltop. Next morning it was found that the angels had built a shrine over it to protect it from the weather. St. Fachtna's feast is celebrated on 14th August.

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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