We visited the village of Castletownshend in West Cork a few weeks ago, and one of the highlights was a visit to St Barrahane’s Church to see the stained glass windows by Harry Clarke. Harry Clarke (1889- 1931) was Ireland’s greatest stained glass artist, and his work can be seen in many old buildings, both religious and commercial, in Ireland mainly, but also in England, the United States and Australia. There is so much work that goes into one of these windows, and each little grid is a masterpiece that makes up the whole.
Blue was one of his favourite colours, and you will find lots of blue in his windows.
He was also known for putting some symbol into his windows. The main window of this church was commissioned by the author, Dame Edith Somerville, who lived in the village and is buried in the churchyard. Edith, as well as being a writer, an artist and a sculptor, was also a farmer and is reputed to have had one of the first herds of jersey cows in west Cork. Harry Clarke included a jersey cow in his depiction of the Nativity, can you see the cow’s head (near the three Wise Men)?
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