Inside a cottage a young priest in white has his hand raised in blessing over a group of people who kneel before him. They appear to be a wide range of ages and are dressed as typical peasants of the time. The painting is surrounded by a white border with its name and painter at bottom centre.

Mass in a Connemara Cabin Art Print

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This work, long believed to have been lost, hung for a century in the presbytery of St Patrick's Church in Edinburgh. It represents a custom known as The Stations, which involved the celebration of mass in private homes in Ireland. Originally conceived as a means of allowing Catholics to practice their faith in the face of religious oppression, the custom was widespread by the eighteenth century. By the second half of the nineteenth century, however, it was actively discouraged by the Catholic hierarchy.


National Gallery of Ireland Art Prints are the perfect way to have your own masterpiece. Printed on high quality 240gsm Satin paper using Epson Ultrachrome Archival inks, each print have a stated light fastness and image permanence of up to, at least 75 years. In order to preserve the image and prevent unnecessary fading, the print should not be exposed to direct sunlight and its UV rays.

All prints have the title and artist's name printed at the bottom of each reproduction.

Dimensions: 50 x 70cm (including white border)


Original Painting Information

Aloysius O'Kelly, Irish, 1853-1936

Mass in a Connemara Cabin, 1883,

Oil on canvas,

On loan from the people of St. Patrick's, Edinburgh and the Trustees of the Archdiocese of St. Andrew's and Edinburgh


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