In the village of Pollagh, County Offaly, there is a church which stands close to the banks of The Royal Canal, from the outside it is visually quite plain. Being of a simple design it appears to be quite humble, for this building was quite literally built by the people of the community, the bricks were made locally and the work was also done by them, a gift given freely and greater than any cash donation.
On opening the narrow double doors and entering one is met with a glorious & breath taking sight of the Chancel.
Let the eyes see.
The open heart feel deeply.
The mind understand
Broad depths of humanity.
Stained glass windows by the late Harry Clarke
Pullough Church was the first commission for Michael Casey and the artists of Celtic Roots in1991 in this locality.
The Altar furniture was created from Bog Yew and has been carbon dated as being 4,800 years old.
The artist reflects on the making of the altar table's plinth
"I would take it out on my trolley into the garden and allow the winter sun to light it up, and as figures began to emerge in the fusion of sunlight and instinct, there were moments when it was no longer a piece of wood but a celebration of life… "
Yew was one of the traditional trees of the ancient druids, the other tree is Rowan and unlike the druids of other countries Oak was not revered.