Stained glass windows have been in production since ancient times, with evidence of these colourful windows found in Christian churches as early as the 4th and 5th centuries.
They were at their most popular during the Middle Ages when they were commissioned to illustrate narratives from the Bible.
Stained glass windows are traditionally made by either adding coloured metallic salts to glass or by painting details onto clear glass before the pieces are carefully hung as illuminating windows.
Most of the original glass windows at St. James’ Church were either damaged or removed and would have been plain or modestly decorated. We have given new life to the old church window frames, creating four unique stories associated with the art of the cooper, Irish Whiskey and St. James. The illustrations depicted on the windows include: the pilgrimage to the Camino de Santiago, also known as “St. James’ Way”; how Irish Whiskey is made; the art of coopering; and the natural ingredients grown for our “uisce beatha”.
Come visit us at Pearse Lyons Distillery at St. James in the heart of The Liberties and watch as the warm amber light from our stained glass windows fills up the distillery interior, reflecting on the copper stills and the Caen stone pillars.