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Grangegorman Lives: Ethel Rhind

Our Grangegorman Lives series continues with Ethel Rhind (1877-1952), mosaic and stained-glass artist.

Ethel Rhind was a key artist in the Irish arts and crafts movement of the early twentieth century. A member of Sarah Purser’s stained-glass workshop An Túr Glaoine – she worked both in stained glass and opus sectile (the setting of a mosaic of flat glass pieces into plaster), a craft at which she excelled. Rhind’s stained glass and opus sectile works are featured in churches all over Ireland including St Enda’s Church, Spiddal, Co. Galway; Dun Laoghaire Presbyterian Church, Dublin; the Franciscan Friary, Athlone and the Honan Chapel in UCC. Her work can also be found in the US. Ethel Rhind’s opus sectile memorial World War 1 memorial ‘Archangel Michael’ (1921) is featured on the exterior wall of All Saints’ Church, Grangegorman. Read more about Ethel and her work here.

Grangegorman Lives is a series of biographies of women and men whose lives influenced or were influenced by Grangegorman. The biographies are all sourced from Ireland’s Dictionary of Irish Biography: Ireland’s national biographical dictionary. Devised, researched, written and edited under the auspices of the Royal Irish Academy, its online edition is freely available at

Image credit: © Reproduced with the permission of the Representative Church Body of the Church of Ireland; photograph by David Lawrence

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