Lough Derg has 14 Harry Clarke Windows click on images for more information and images.-Basilica of St. Patrick’s Purgatory, Pettigo, Lough Derg.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.

Pettigo, Lough Derg

St. Patrick’s Purgatory, Lough Derg

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Fourteen Stations of the Cross (B) (1929)
In early 1927 Harry received a commission from Canon Keown for a series of Stations of the Cross for the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Purgatory, in Pettigo, Lough Derg. This involved designing fourteen oval panels depicting the Apostles, St Paul and Mary, each one holding an inner medallion containing one of the stations (Bowe: 1994).
Harry was forced by his deteriorating health to travel to a sanatorium at Davos, Switzerland, in March 1929.  He sketched several designs for windows that were still outstanding, including the Lough Derg windows.  
Each of the stations is exquisite in design and colouring. Each window has a unique but elaborate background design. The figures in the tiny medallions convey a wide range of emotions from great sadness to quiet dignity.             

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

Photos Michael Cullen 2009 and Text by Lucy Costigan 2009


Lough Derg has 14 Harry Clarke Windows. Click on images for more information and images.

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