Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day

A detail from the St Patrick window in St Patrick's Church in Trim which shows St Patrick confronting the High King at Tara at Easter. This huge window is a wonderful celebration of Irish art and workmanship crammed as it is with copies of the Tara Brooch, Mediaeval Croziers, the Ardagh Chalice and many other examples of Irish metalwork from many centuries after the time of St Patrick. The designers, whoever they were, weren't worried about being anachronistic.

The window, matched on the other side by the equally fantastic Our Lady of Trim window, is like the whole church a statement of its time - the last years of the nineteenth century, the years of the Gaelic Revival and the Home Rule movement. The window is by Mayer of Munich, a world famous stained glass maker.

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