The Oratory of the Sacred Heart was built on the grounds of St. Mary's Dominican Convent in 1918 and dedicated to the Sacred Heart in 1919. It commemorates the many local Irishmen who fought and died in the Great War. From 1920-36, it was hand-painted by Sr Concepta Lynch, a Dominican nun at St. Mary's and the result is a stunning example of the Celtic Revival style. The attached leaflet highlights the events taking place during October and November 2019 to mark the publication of a new book Divine Illumination, published by New Island Books and an exhibition at dlr LexIcon to showcase the remarkable story of this unique work of art.
This commemorative project is in partnership with the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, the Dominican Sisters Cabra, the National Gallery of Ireland and Dún Laoghaire Borough Historical Society. The programme includes workshops in dlr LexIcon with National Gallery tutor Mags Harnett, dlr Heritage tours, talks on Saturday 12 October and a full day seminar on 23 October. Associated events include the Vintage Values exhibition on Level 5, dlr LexIcon, courtesy of Veritas and a special viewing of The Nun's Story for the Cinema Book Club on Tuesday 22 October. Full details in flier!
The Peace Garden at the Oratory is also being restored and the foyer exhibition revamped in time to celebrate the centenary in mid October.