Diocese of Cork, Cloyne & Ross

Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral

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An Exhibition of Holy Icons

1st - 30th June 2017

in the Cathedral Ambulatory

The Association of Iconographers of Ireland is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year. The Association, set up in 1992 by Sr.Paula Kiersey currently has around 100 members, many of whom are active iconographers. This exhibition is mounted in celebration of the anniversary.

The exhibition will give visitors to the Cathedral an opportunity to share in the beautiful work of this vibrant faith community. Eva Vlavianos, the Association’s Greek mentor is also set to visit Ireland in June to tutor a course for Association members.

Icon is the Greek word for an image (Eikon). Icons are generally images of Christ, the Virgin, Saints and scenes from the Bible. The Irish Association of Iconographers follows the Byzantine tradition and uses wooden boards covered in gesso (a form of plaster) with paints made from egg tempera (a mix of pigment, egg yolk, vinegar and water). The practice or ‘writing’ an icon takes much time and patience

Members of the Association have gone on to develop new icons of Irish saints in the Greek Byzantine style. These are in places of worship around Ireland and the locations can be found on the Associations Blog. One of the highlights of the Association was the creation, by 3 of its tutors, icons that accompanied the Eucharistic Congress Bell on its journey around Ireland in 2012.

The Association supports new and experienced iconographers by hosting courses where the techniques of creating an icon are passed on and learned. Courses are held annually in Ards Friary, Co.Donegal and Dromantine, Co.Down. Students also keep in touch and learn more through newsletters and the Association’s blog page.

For more information please see the Association of Iconographers of Ireland Blog


There is no additional charge, outside of the normal visitor admission rate to the Cathedral, for this exhibition.

Cork Remembers 1914-1918

Diocesan WW1 Memorial

The Diocesan Centenary Memorial, entitled ‘Cork Remembers 1914 ~ 1918’  – a visual display compiled by the Bishop of Cork, Dr Paul Colton, and the Dean of Cork, the Very Reverend Nigel Dunne – was dedicated on Remembrance Sunday 2015.  Many people from Cork city and county submitted photos and information about family members, who were either casualties or veterans of the First World War and the information is collated in a slide show for this installation.

Runs beside the Heroes' Column until November 2018.