NOW, AS WE PAUSE TO REMEMBER THE END OF WORLD WAR I, we share a story written by parishioner Kevin Walsh reminding us of our St Canice connections back to the Great War as told in our stained glass windows.
It is a hundred years since St Canice’s, (then just twenty-five years-old in 1914), began seeing some of its community going off to war.
We of the later generations have been presented daily with messages about the impact of that war and how the challenge was handled, through four striking windows in the transept of our church. These windows, installed around 1920,are in a notably beautiful area of St Canice’s, which today, creatively, carries relics of our own dead.
The stories the windows tell are somewhat muted, for a couple of reasons. My aim here is simply to decipher a little of what is in those messages – to share with the St Canice community as we, and our nation, pause to commemorate the centenary of Gallipoli and the sacrifice of those who served in the First World War.