Recently two new stained glass windows in illuminated cabinets have been fitted in St. James’s Church. They were designed by the late stained glass artist, Kevin Kelly, and were fabricated in Abbey Stained Glass Studios, Kilmainham.
In 1987 the East Window above the Altar was blown out by an explosion in Guinness’s Brewery nearby and the craftsmen of Abbey Stained Glass Studios collected its remnants strewn all over the grounds. Kevin Kelly, Senior Stained Glass Artist in Abbey Studios, under the guidance of Dr. Michael Wynne recreated huge missing areas of this magnificent stained glass window. It was originally designed and fitted in 1857 by the famous Michael O’Connor Studios of Dublin and London. Kevin Kelly died recently, aged ninety two, having worked with Abbey Studios for sixty five years and his wife Mai (nee Clarke) died two months after him.
The two new panels of stained glass depict The Nativity but in completely different styles which shows Kevin Kelly’s versatility in design. One is in the old traditional style whilst the other is in a much more modern sweeping style.
Ken Ryan, former Managing Director of Abbey Stained Glass Studios, has donated both of these stained glass panels to St. James’s Church. It is appropriate that both Kevin and Mai Kelly are remembered in this Church in which Kevin had such an artistic input.
May Kevin and Mai Rest in Peace.
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Camino De Santiago
St James’s Church is situated on the corner of James St. and Echlin St. The parish is served by Dublin buses 13, 40, and 123. The Red Luas line runs close by, with a stop at James St. (turn right at this station on to James St.) and Heuston Station is only a few minutes walk away. Dublin Bikes have two stations at the front and rear of the church.
Passports for the Camino de Santiago are available from
on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
from 09.30am – 12.30pm