This year’s Gift Day Appeal will be held in the Cathedral on Saturday 17th June 2023.
Covid Pandemic Memorial Window
The Dean’s Gift Day initiative, which has been in operation for well over 30 years, has been a major success in raising funds for a specific project annually. In 2022, the appeal, which was to remove the unsightly security bars and 20th-century secondary glazing from the windows in the south-west porch, conserve them, and add wire guards, raised €36,027.24 including €5k from the Friends of the Cathedral, and another substantial donation of €10k. The appeal focused as well on exploring the possibility of turning one of the plain glass windows into a specially commissioned memorial window. This is precisely the subject of the 2023 Gift Day Appeal, which dovetails admirably with the focus of 2022.
It has been decided unanimously by the members of the Fabric Committee, and fully endorsed by the Cathedral Board, to provide a stained glass window on the west side of the south-west porch to mark the impact of the pandemic on humanity, a memorial to those who lived through the global pandemic. Saint Patrick’s, as the national cathedral of The Church of Ireland, is thought to be the ideal location for such a memorial.
The design of the window, which is being entrusted to the Cathedral Architect, Mr James Howley, in conjunction with the Fabric Committee, and in consultation with a stained glass artist, will have as its theme remembrance and hope and will be subject to planning permission. In the very unlikely event that permission is not granted funds raised will be used to continue our stained-glass conservation programme.
Mr Howley suggests ‘the subject matter will include those who died, those who worked selflessly during the pandemic from consultant physicians, nurses and carers, to members of the emergency services, to farmers, bakers, shop keepers and delivery van drivers who kept working when everyone else was confined to their homes.’
If you are unable to attend in person donations can also be made by:
Please forward your cheque made payable to
‘Saint Patrick’s Cathedral’ and reference ‘Gift Day’ on the reverse to the
Cathedral Office, c/o Saint Patrick’s Cathedral,
Saint Patrick’s Close, Dublin D08 H6X3
Donations can also be made directly to the Cathedral’s bank account. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Please reference ‘Gift Day’ on your payment.