Blessington Church Altar



Eucharist &


In the Millennium year the question was asked, 'How could we bring the beauty of Blessington and the local countryside into our church?' Artist Turlough O'Donnell and designer Angela Griffith took up the challenge. What you see in the Church of Our Lady is their response.  Six paintings were positioned, representing the Sacraments: the moments when our life and the life of the Divine become one.  Then came the  installation of a new wooden cross in the centre of the sanctuary, the central symbol of our belief The success of the project today can only be measured in the time it takes you to lift the eyes of your soul from what is here to the God of beauty and love waiting to greet you!


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Last Rites



The Raising of Jarius Daughter
The Raising of Jarius Daughter

Turlough O'DonnellTurlough O’Donnell is a graduate of Fine Art from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. Turlough lives and works in the town of Blessington. Working primarily in the medium of oil paint, his immediate environment is his starting point; the town where he lives; the surrounding mountains; the rivers and lakes. Within these everyday spaces he searches and explores universal themes of life and death, the transience of time and the enduring presence of nature. The altar paintings of the Church of Our Lady, Blessington, are sourced from the local landscape of west Wicklow, through which a visual metaphor is created representing the spiritual journey of an individual. Echoing early Irish Christian philosophies, nature provides symbols which reflect the sacramental landmarks of Christian faith. The scheme is completed with a representation of the Risen Christ set against the Blessington Lakes.

Other works by Turlough O’Donnell in the church are aligned with the theme of nature as a symbol of life and faith.

Positioned to the right of the altar, is a painting sourced from the site of the Old Burgage parish cemetery, which was submerged by the flooding of the Liffey valley c.1940. The view depicted faces the morning sun, its light breaking over the distant mountains. It is an image of harmony, balance and resolve which represents faith in Christian resurrection.      

The themes of healing and faith are explored in the painting of The Raising of Jairus’ Daughter, positioned to the left of the altar.

The stained glass windows that encircle the church were designed as abstracted motifs that trace the rising and setting sun – its cycle a visual metaphor signifying renewal.

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