The Honan Chapel - Gallery Collection

Image TitleHonan Chapel: detail of St. John Evangelist
DescriptionRev. Fr. Tom Riordan, former college chaplain and Dean of the Honan Chapel, acknowledges the significance of the late Rev. Fr. Gearóid Ó Suilleabháin´s role in securing the late Rev. Fr. Séan Swayne (National Institute for Pastoral Liturgy, Carlow) as liturgical consultant for the re-ordering of the chapel in 1983. It was Swayne who proposed Richard Hurley as supervising architect. In turn, Hurley involved Imogen Stuart in the commission. Imogen Stuart (born 1927) is a sculptor. Born in Berlin, she moved to Ireland in 1951. She works in wood, bronze, stone, steel, clay and terracotta. A professor of sculpture at the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin, she is also a member of Aosdána. She is best known for the monumental Pope John Paul II in NUI Maynooth and the carved altar in the Honan Chapel, Cork. The altar (1987) was commissioned by the Governors of the Honan and the architect Richard Hurley. The figures represent the four Evangelists or gospel writers (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John). The inspiration for the figures at the base of the altar is taken from early Irish High Crosses. The order of the figures at the base recalls the historical ordering of the gospels: St. Mark; St. Luke; St. Matthew; St. John. This differs from the theological ordering of the gospels established by St. Jerome in the 4th Century -- St. Matthew; St. Mark; St. Luke; St. John.
ContributorImogen Stuart, Dublin
Contribution Year1987
PhotographerJames Cronin
CopyrightJames Cronin with permission to be used by the Honan Trust
Date of Photograph2006