The Honan Chapel - Gallery Collection

Image TitleHonan Chapel: St. Finbarr above west door
DescriptionThis statue of Saint Finbarr was carved by Oliver Sheppherd. Saint Finbarr Bishop of Cork in the 6th century and patron saint for the city and diocese of Cork. He was originally named Lochan. He is said to have studied in County Kilkenny where he was renamed Fionnbharr (Fairhead in Irish) for the colour of his hair. Finbarr is widely believed to have lived at an island hermitage at Gougane Barra, before founding a monastic settlement and centre of learning at an Corcach Mór. This settlement was to eventually grow to become the city of Cork. Varying accounts of Finbarr´s life suggest he journeyed to Rome, and preached at Barra in Scotland. Finbarr died at Cloyne in Cork and was buried in Gill Abbey - a site occupied by the present day Church of Ireland Saint Finbarre´s Cathedral. There are several variations on the spelling of Finbarr´s name. It will often be spelt as "Finbarre", or as a modern derivation "Finbar". His feast day is 25 September. The motto of University College Cork is “Where Finbarr Taught, Let Munster Learn.”
ContributorOliver Sheppherd, Dublin
Contribution Year1916
PhotographerJames Cronin
CopyrightJames Cronin and the Honan Trust
Date of Photograph2006