Murphy Devitt Stained Glass from St Mary’s Church , Cahir

Murphy Devitt Stained Glass from St Mary’s Church , Cahir

One of the delights of blogging about stained glass in Tipperary (and beyond) has been the discovery of the work of Murphy Devitt studios. I was therefore delighted to discover Murphy Devitt work from 1969 in St Mary’s Church, Cahir.


Stained Glass from St Mary’s Church, Kilsheelan

Some images from St Mary’s Church, Kllsheelan.

First of all some interesting motifs – I presume letters of some kind but I am not sure:

These windows were clearly Chi-Ro and IHS symbols:

The altar windows featured some neat images of the Evangelists and symbols of Christ. The mid morning light perhaps made these striking images less easily photographed:

Stained Glass from St Molleran’s Church, Carrick-on-Suir

With its narrow streets, broad river spanned by and skyline dominated by spires and a town clock, there is a medieval feel to Carrick-On-Suir. St Molleran’s is built on the site of a 13th Century Franciscan Abbey. The current church is considerably more modern although traces of this medieval foundation remain.

The stained glass windows I found rather typical of many other Churches but the light at the time I visited (early afternoon in early Feb) gave them a luminous quality I fear I did not capture here. There were some pleasing details such as the water under the feet of Mary as she appeared to Bernadette.

A cobbler in stained glass: St Crispin from St Peter and Paul’s, Clonmel, courtesy of Munster Shoes Limited

A cobbler in stained glass: St Crispin from St Peter and Paul’s, Clonmel, courtesy of Munster Shoes Limited

It’s been a while since I have posted any Tipperary Stained Glass posts. I suppose the best explanation is that the chance hasn’t presented itself – this is very much an opportunistic endeavour on my part.

I’ve also been thinking of how best to present these photos. In a way the posts that consisted of loads of photos of a particular church’s stained glass reflect the artless approach I have taken, but don’t do these works justice.

So I plan to post on one window at a time, or a set. We’ll see how it goes.

Anyway, here is a window that has long intrigued me, from St Peter and Paul’s in Clonmel. It is a window depicting St Crispin, who along with his brother St Crispinian is patron of a whole load of things – including cobblers.Indeed, he has now given his name to a fancy handmade shoe company.

Here is the window:


This window is “Presented by the Workers of Munster Shoes Limited In Gratitude to God for Favours Received 1935 – 1956”

A close up of the writing at the bottom


A further view of the window from further away:


And further yet, to put in some more context:


There is a better image of this window here

Harry Clarke: The Master of Stained Glass — A R T L▼R K post

Harry Clarke: The Master of Stained Glass — A  R  T  L▼R K post

Given how much I have been featuring Harry Clarke work (see also here and here and Harry Clarke Studio alumni here) I thought it might be nice to share this post from the Ark Lark blog on Clarke himself….

On the 17th of March 1889, Harry Clarke, an Irish stained glass artist and book illustrator, was born in Dublin, Ireland. The second son of Joshua Clarke and Brigid McGonigle, he was remarkable already as a child for his extraordinary individuality and intelligence. After attending several schools, including the Model Schools in Marlborough Street, he […]

via Harry Clarke: The Master of Stained Glass — A R T L▼R K

Stained Glass from Church of St Laurence O’Toole, Kilmacud, Dublin

Opened on December 14th 1969 by Flann O’Brien’s English teacher the Church of St Laurence O’Toole in Kilmacud is one of those very late twentieth century ecclesiastical spaces in Dublin which are oft-derided but I find personally quite congenial (another example is Newtownpark Avenue

There isn’t all that much stained glass, with a striking window above the entrance.


Some details here:


There are also two small images in a chapel of Perpetual Adoration which have a satisfyingly questing air:



While not stained glass per se, I liked this icon of St Laurence O’Toole: