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The two-light window of Saint Dympna depicts the Irish saint who was born in County Monaghan and was renowned for her beauty. When her mother died, her father, driven mad by grief, wished to make Dympna his wife. She fled with her confessor to Gheel in Belgium where her father discovered them. Dympna refused to return with her father and in a fit of rage he beheaded his daughter and her confessor.
The first light shows the golden-haired Saint Dympna resplendent in a robe of purple, magenta, turquoise and blue with golden sleeves. The lower panel of the first light shows Saint Dympna in a burgundy robe and cloak, fleeing from her father. The court jester follows in blue robes with his wife. Saint Dympna’s confessor follows at the rear.
In the second light Dympna wears a sumptuous deep blue cloak decorated with flowers. The lower panel of the second lights shows Dympna’s father with sword in hand after beheading his daughter and her confessor.
Photos Michael Cullen 2009 - Text Lucy Costigan 2009