of "Whisky Galore" will not need to be told that a "Ceilidh"
(pronounced caley) is Gaelic for a visit or party, and one took
place in London at Westminster Cathedral on the Sunday before St.
Patrick's Day, 1999, to celebrate the installation of Trevor Caley's
panel of the great saint, the first mosaic in the cathedral for
over thirty years.
were a Gaelic-speaking
bishop and two hundred Irish, and one and all applauded the highly
successful work, a blend of Byzantine and Celtic in style, using
ceramic, smalti and vitreous.
illustration shows the design; the colours deliberately echo the
colours of the marbles in the Chapel of St. Patrick where the panel
is sited. Let's hope there's more where that came from - the Scots
finished all the mosaics of their St. Andrew chapel back in 1915...
on, you Irish, Cà bheil sibh?