Ashley Morrison's Blog

October 19, 2021

The Good Shepherd.

The drawing and some of the tools used by Dony Mac Manus… 

.. who was the sculptor that carved Christ the good shepherd at the centre…

.. with the four Irish saints most closely associated with Armagh on either side: Malachy with the pallium and the apple, Brigid with the cross, Patrick with the shamrock and Oliver Plunkett – on the block of Tunisian limestone…

.. that arrived on the 2nd of May 2003…

.. and was lifted…

.. while being closed watched by Cardinal Seán Brady

.. along with Fr. Eugene Sweeney (Secretary to Cardinal Brady), Jack O’Hare (Editor of the Cathedral Guidebook) and Gerry Gribbon (Cathedral Restoration Clerk of Works)…

.. and then pushed…

.. and pulled…

.. and pushed some more…

.. before being finally lifted into place… 

.. to make the alter for St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Armagh before the rededication…

.. on 25th of May 2003.

Which was part of one of the most memorable projects that I have ever worked on…

.. along with Tommy from Octoberstone design.

So needless to say Claudio and I were delighted to be asked back recently…

.. to shoot Eamon Martin, who is now the Archbishop of Armagh and the Primate of All Ireland…

.. at that same alter inside St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Armagh…

.. where the carvings facing the congregation depict Christ the good shepherd at the centre with the four Irish saints most closely associated with Armagh on either side.

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