The conservation and restoration of the Altar stained glass window in the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin in Keadue is now well underway.
This meticulous painstaking work by the Abbey Stained Glass Studios in Dublin under the constant supervision of Ken Ryan and William Malone is being carried out in stages.
The p hased programme of work during the summer months has been arranged to facilitate the big number of weddings in this popular Church.
At all times there will be a part of this beautiful stained glass window in-situ over the altar which will retain a prayerful atmosphere in the church. Currently the high level circular tracery stained glass windows with their surrounding semi circular cusps are being refitted.
It is expected that Abbey Stained Glass Studios will have four working visits to Keadue so that there is always part of the altar window on display.
Fr Cathal Faughnan PP is currently trawling through the old records of Keadue Church and has located payments to Earley Studios in Dublin of £300 in 1950 with a balance of £50 outstanding then which would suggest that the stained glass window was installed in 1949.
Fr Cathal Faughnan still has a way to go through the financial records but in any event important historical information is coming to light.
At that time the famous Harry Clarke Studios were in great demand and the artists would often leave one of these studios to join the other for a few pounds more.
This resulted in artwork of the highest standard being designed and manufactured in Irish Churches each with envious competition between these two great firms. Both of these companies closed down in the 1960s.
In 1944 the Abbey Stained Glass Studios was founded, this third generation family business is now going on to the fourth generation headed up by William Malone.
Fortunately Fr Faughnan has taken prudent action and the multicoloured stained glass altar window in Keadue depicting events from the life of Our Lady are being saved for future generations to enjoy. Work should be completed in the next number of weeks.
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