The Honan Chapel, Cork City- Harry Clarke (1889 to 1931) was undoubtedly Ireland’s greatest stained glass artist. Internationally the name of Harry Clarke is synonymous with quality craftsmanship and imaginative genius in his stained glass work.

Catholic Church, Cloughjordan

The Ascension with five Irish saints and Saints Michael and James (B)
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Cloughjordan Catholic Church,
Tipperary, Rep of Ireland.

The Ascension with Fve Irish saints and Sts Michael and James

Catholic Church, Cloughjordan


Harry originally received a commission for the five-light window at Cloughjordan from the Bishop of Killaloe in October 1923 but due to a heavy backlog of work it was not completed until 1925 (Bowe: 1994). The window’s background is a magnificent sky silhouetted by evergreen trees and decorated with floral motifs. The top panels depict angels holding symbols, including a cross and a lantern.

The first light depicts Saint Michael the Archangel, and two Irish saints, Saint Patrick and Saint Brigid. The second light depicts four saints. The main panels of the third light depict Christ attired in a scarlet cloak ascending into heaven. Below him, four male saints are depicted kneeling. In the fourth light three saints are depicted paying homage to Christ. The main panels of the fifth light depict the apostle, Saint James, son of Zebedee. Below, three Irish saints are depicted: Saint Declan, Saint Brendan the Navigator, and Saint Ita, known as the Brigid of Munster.

Bowe, N. Gordon, The Life and Work of Harry Clarke, Irish Academic Press, 1994