Art win­dow ded­i­cated to Mon­signor un­veiled in Ven­try

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - COM­MU­NITY NEWS -

EX­TRA­OR­DI­NARY cir­cum­stances played a role in the de­sign of the stained glass win­dow, ded­i­cated to the late Mons Padraig Ó Fian­nachta, which was un­veiled in

Seipéal Naomh Caitlíona, Ven­try on Satur­day evening.

In dis­cus­sions about the de­sign for the win­dow, which started five years ago be­tween artist Mary Leen and the Mon­signor, Mary sug­gested the in­clu­sion of Saint Jerome and St Michael. Coin­ci­den­tally,

Mons Pádraig was work­ing for the

Vat­i­can on St. Jerome’s trans­la­tion of the Bible and had a copy on his desk when Mary called in to dis­cuss this idea.

The late Mon­signor had also trans­lated the Bible – in his case into Ir­ish – and Mary added this ref­er­ence to her stained glass win­dow in which she shows St Jerome hold­ing a copy of An Biobla Naofa.

The draft de­sign of the win­dow, which was in­tended as a gift to

Ven­try church, was ap­proved be­fore Mons Ó Fian­nachta’s death in

July 2016 and it fell to his nephew

Paddy Fenton to see the project to com­ple­tion.

“To com­plete and in­stall a work such as this takes co-op­er­a­tion from a num­ber of peo­ple, Paddy Fenton was amaz­ing he was a plea­sure to work with,” Mary told The Ker­ry­man this week.

The win­dow con­tains 2,000 pieces of glass, each in­di­vid­u­ally hand painted and fired, and it took seven months of full time work to com­plete.

The evening sun casts a bril­liant re­flec­tion of Mary Leen’s stained glass win­dow ded­i­cated to Mons Pádraig Ó Fian­nachta.

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