Filter This collection: Michael Healy Collection

  • Title: Michael Healy Collection
  • Reference Code: IE/NIVAL /MH
  • Level of Description: Collection
  • Creation Dates: April - May 1916
  • Extent And Medium: Four sheets of ruled paper, removed from binding of a hardback diary prior to acquisition. Handwritten text in ink on both back and front. 32cm x 21.5cm. Typewritten transcripts of these diary pages. One sheet of paper, verso recto; with free-hand plan drawings and annotations in ink, of the An Túr Gloine stained glass studios. 21cm x 29.7 cm. One sheet of paper with pen, ink and watercolour drawing. 34cm x 16cm.
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  • Repository: NIVAL

Scope and Content

The collection comprises a portion of the 1916 diary of the stained glass artist, painter and illustrator, Michael Healy (1873-1941); specifically it is the period from 20th April to 17th May which encompasses the days before the Rising, the event itself, and the aftermath.
The collection is supplemented with related material gathered and prepared by art historian Dr. David Caron in the course of his Doctoral research on the work of Michael Healy. This material includes typed transcripts of each diary page, a watercolour image of a design for a stained glass window for Clongowes College, and an illustration of the Túr Gloine studio made by the artist Patrick Pollen.

Administration and Biographical

Michael Healy was a member of An Túr Gloine stained glass studio. He executed many windows for churches all over Ireland. His first work in stained glass was an angel, painted for the annunciation window in Loughrea Cathedral in 1903. He carried out many commissions for churches throughout the world and also exhibited his oil paintings regularly at the RHA from (1912-1914). Along with Harry Clarke, Wilhelmina Geddes and Evie Hone, he is recognised as one Ireland's finest stained glass artists whose work can be seen throughout Ireland, and in the UK, USA and as far away as New Zealand.


Collection arranged to item level. • Series: Pages from Michael Healy’s diary, April – May 1916. • File: An Túr Gloine Studio Drawings • File: Clongowes Window

Access Conditions

The collection is currently held in NIVAL at NCAD. Please contact NIVAL to arrange access.

User Conditions

The manuscript pages are subject to copyright restrictions. For material published on the website please note the attached copyright statements. Please consult NIVAL staff for further information. ©Michael Healy, photo(graph) courtesy (of) David Caron.

Language / Script


Finding Aids

Caron, David T. (1998) An Túr Gloine stained glass windows and mosaic stations of the cross in St. Brendan's Cathedral, Loughrea, Co. Galway. PhD thesis. Dublin: National College of Art and Design

Originals Information

Located in the National Irish Visual Arts Library at the National College of Art & Design.