Sarah Purser (1848 - 1943)
was an Irish painter and stained glass artist, as well as an enthusiastic patron of the arts. Purser studied in Switzerland, Dublin and Paris.
Her studio was a lively centre of creativity and debate for men and women alike, frequented by figures such as Douglas Hyde, W.B. Yeats, Maud Gonne and Constance Markievicz. In 1903 she founded An Túr Gloine (The Glass Tower), a stained glass enterprise active from 1903 to 1944, which involved such artists as Harry Clarke and Evie Hone. It was founded following the Irish Cultural Revival of the nineteenth century, to encourage the making of Irish stained glass.
One of Sarah Purser’s stained glass panels is in St.Enda’s church in Spiddal village. The glass panel depicts the ﬁgure of St. George reaching up to the rays of perpetual light. He stands as if on a cliff showing the forest of Compiègne, while the white riderless horse is to be seen on the right. Across the other side is the coast of Ireland with Connaught cottages and the Cliffs of Moher.
If you are visiting Spiddal, do pop in and have a look in our local church and enjoy the stained glass, and don't forget to say one for me!!!!