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In December 1922, the Reverend Gahan of Christ Church Gorey commissioned a two-light window of St. Luke and St. Martin of Tours with the Beggar. The two-light window was a memorial to a local surgeon, Francis Nolan (Bowe: 1994, p. 147). The top panels of the first light depict a regal figure wearing a golden crown. The main panels depict Saint Martin of Tours holding an ornate silver sword. A ragged beggar with a sad expression kneels before him, dressed in blue and grey scraps of cloth. As an adolescent, Saint Martin of Tours was enlisted in the Roman army. He is depicted giving his cloak to clothe the beggar. The lower panel depicts the church that Saint Martin founded.
The top of the second light depicts a Christ-like figure in blue cloak and robes, holding a book and a feathered pen, surrounded by colourful foliage. The main panels depict the bearded Saint Luke, physician and author of the third gospel. The lower panel depicts a Christ-like figure in blue robes decorated with white motifs and a golden sash, holding a staff and a lily, surrounded by rich coloured blossoms.
Photos Michael Cullen 2009 and Text by Lucy Costigan 2009