Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Windows of St. Mary's Parish, Westport, County Mayo

The beauty of stained glass windows enthrals me, but more than that, as I gaze up at the church windows I like to imagine my ancestors doing the same. A thread of connection through time.






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All photographs Copyright©J.Geraghty-Gorman 2011.

4 comments:

  1. Beautiful....I have always been fascinated with stained glass windows and mosaic pictures, such as in St. Marks in Venice.

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  2. Hi Claudia,

    Thanks for your comments; they are much appreciated. I feel the same way about stained glass windows. I've not yet been to Venice, so I'll have to check out St. Marks in the future.

    Cheers,
    Jennifer

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  3. Jennifer, do you know how long that current structure has been in existence? I tried searching online for that info, but couldn't find anything. Yes, I definitely think of feeling that connection with my husband's Mayo ancestors--although they left their homeland in 1850.

    Beautiful pictures!

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  4. Hi Jacqi,

    Thanks for your comments; they are much appreciated.

    Saint Mary’s Church has a fairly long history, considering the town of Westport is only 250 years old. A lease was granted by a local landlord to Dr. Lynagh in 1787 for a Chapel and Parochial house on the site at the riverside; however, the building foundation stone was not laid until 1813. The church building has been extensively renovated; the old main altar is now a side altar. It looks quite modern from the outside, so it's surprising to discover the church community dates to 1787.

    Cheers,
    Jennifer

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