The Honan Chapel - Gallery Collection

Image TitleHonan Collection: chalice
DescriptionTwo sets of sacred vessels were produced for the Honan chapel. One set was made by William Egan & Sons, Cork and another set was produced by the firm of Edmond Johnson Ltd., Dublin. This is from the Egan set. This vessel is a silver-gilt cup with interlace designs interspersed with armorial shields. This image shows the shield of University College Cork. The chalice occupies the first place among sacred vessels as it contains the Precious Blood itself. According to the existing law of the Catholic Church the chalice, or at least the cup of it, must be made either of gold or of silver, and in the latter case the bowl must be gilt on the inside. The base is inscribed as follows Pray for the soul of Matthew, Robert and Isabella Honan of the City of Cork who caused me to be made. This inscription draws upon tradition. Chalices of the Middle Ages often featured dedication inscriptions. The 8th century Tassilo chalice presented to Kremsm√ľnster Abbey by Tassilo and his wife Luitperga carries a dedication to the donors. The Egan set of sacred vessels have been catalogued by Virginia Teehan & Elizabeth Wincott Heckett in The Honan Chapel: A Golden Vision published by Cork University Press in 2004.
ContributorWilliam Egan & Sons, Cork
Contribution Year1916
PhotographerAndrew Bradley
CopyrightHonan Trust
Date of Photograph2004
CollectionChapel Collection