SHIN­ING A LIGHT IN TRALEE

CHRIS­TIAN COM­MU­NI­TIES GROW EVER CLOSER IN TRALEE AS DENNY SCION CRAFTS STUN­NING PIECE FOR ST JOHN’S CHURCH

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - NEWS -

The Denny fam­ily once held such power in Tralee that their hand can still be felt in much of the town’s in­fra­struc­ture and they are once more mak­ing an im­por­tant ad­di­tion to public life in Tralee – through the stun­ning craft­work of one of their di­rect de­scen­dants.d

This time, the hand of the fa­mous Denny dy­nasty is work­ing to­wards the rec­on­cil­i­a­tion ti of the town’s Catholic and Church of Ire­landI com­mu­ni­ties.

Tom Denny is set to un­veil his re­mark­bale b Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion Win­dow at St John’s Ro­man Catholic Church dur­ing a cer­e­mony on Fri­day night (from 7.30pm) to be per­formedo by Catholic Bishop of Kerry Ray Browne and Church of Ire­land Bishop of Lim­er­ick and Kil­laloe Dr Ken­neth Kearon.

It’s the lat­est work from an artist who has car­ried out over 60 ma­jor com­mis­sions on some of the most trea­sured Angli­can cathe­drals,h in­clud­ing Durham and Le­ices­ter.

The cu­ri­ous have been pop­ping into thet Church in re­cent days as Tom nears com­ple­tionc of the in­tri­cate in­stal­la­tion project and the vast ma­jor­ity are deeply taken with the artistry of the piece, a trip­tych de­pict­ing St John the Bap­tist in the wilder­ness, Christ read­ing from the Book of Isa­iah and, as its cen­tral im­age, the lov­ing fa­ther em­brac­ing the Prodi­gal Son.

It is the first stained glass to be in­stalled in St John’s in 60 years and takes its place in ex­halted com­pany, in­clud­ing Sean Keat­ing’s mas­ter­ful Sta­tions of the Cross; Michael O’Con­nor’s Great Sanc­tu­ary Win­dow (from 1861) as well as other stained glass works by Ear­ley Brother, Richard King and Pa­trick Pollen.

Fri­day night’s un­veil­ing and bless­ing will mark the cul­mi­na­tion of a plan long in the off­ing.

“The project has been more than five years in plan­ning and was con­ceived as a Tralee 800 project for the town’s Oc­to­cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tions and Year of Mercy in 2016,” St John’s Par­ish Priest Fr Tadhg Fitzger­ald said.

Five me­tres high by three me­tres across, it soars above the pews on the right­hand side of the nave - seen im­me­di­ately on en­ter­ing the church. The win­dow con­tains over 30 in­di­vid­ual fig­ures and, in a great nod from Tom Denny to the town, in­cludes scenes from Tralee’s his­tory, its bay area and the Slieve Mish moun­tains.

Pho­tos by Fer­gus Dennehy

De­tails from Tom Denny’s stun­ning rec­on­cil­i­a­tion win­dow - a trip­tych de­pict­ing St John the Bap­tist (top left); the lov­ing fa­ther em­brac­ing the Prodi­gal Son (top right) and, right, Je­sus read­ing from The Book of Isa­iah.

Photo by John Cleary

John Grif­fin, Chair­man of the Pas­toral Coun­cil of St John’s Bill Looney, Ce­line O’Cal­laghan, Mayor of Tralee Norma Fo­ley, stained glass artist Tom Denny and Par­ish Priest of Fr Tadhg Fit­ger­ald at the stun­ning new stained glass win­dow cre­ated and in­stalled by Tom Denny in com­mem­o­ra­tion of his fam­ily long as­so­ci­ated with the town.

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