Evie Hone Window, St Mary's, Clonsilla

Evie Hone WindowThe stained glass window by Evie Hone was installed in Clonsilla in 1935. It depicts St Fiacre whose feast day is the 1st of September and who is the patron saint of Gardeners and Cab drivers. The window is dedicated to James and Maria Jameson and was presented by their daughter Janice Bellow.

Evie Hone is a world renowned stained glass artist. She was born in Roebuck Grove, Co. Dublin, on 22 April 1894 and died at Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin, on 13 March 1955. She was also a noted painter. In 1905 she was crippled by paralysis. While visiting Assisi in 1911, she became interested in stained glass. She started training at the Byam Shaw School of Art, London in 1913 and continued her studies in Paris. During the 1920s, Hone also visited Spain. In 1924 Leixlip House (now Leixlip House Hotel) was occupied by Captain Hone, a British Army officer who had served in India. He was a brother of Evie Hone.

Stained glass helps us to understand the meaning of being a Christian. Just as sunlight shines through the glass, so a Christian, a saint even, is someone through whom the light of Jesus Christ is shining.

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