St Manchan’s Church
In my travels around Ireland I have found you can often find the most incredible places, relics, statues etc in the most unlikely of settings. St Manchan’s church at Boher, Ballycumber, Co Offaly is a great example. From the outside the church looks like any other nineteenth century parish church found around Ireland. There isn’t anything very out of the ordinary about the building which was constructed around 1860’s. It has a cruciform plan and is a functioning parish church, used every day by the local community.
St Manchan’s church Boher Co Offaly (Thanks to Abarta Heritage for the photo http://www.abartaheritage.ie)
If you take the time to go inside the church you will find a collection of magnificent stained glass windows by the internationally renowned stain glass artist Harry Clarke (1889-1931), as well as St Manchan’s shrine one of the finest surviving examples of medieval Irish reliquaries.
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