The survey which Meg and I have been carrying out, on behalf of the Representative Church Body, of stained glass throughout the diocese, is now complete. I am in the process of writing-up my report and will pass this on to the RCB in a few weeks. I have some further archival research to do in the National Gallery of Ireland and the British Architectural Library in London. We found 42 of the churches in your diocese to have stained-glass windows. The survey included only windows with depictions of religious scenes and did not include plain or decorative windows. In all we recorded 125 stained-glass windows. Some of these are of outstanding interest. I photographed all of these churches and windows, in the form of 35mm colour transparencies and the collection for this diocese runs to 314 slides.

There are three entirely distinct aspects of the surveys and reports. One is the photographic recording; then there are technical reports on the condition of the windows with suggestions for any necessary remedial work. Finally there is the art-historical report. As far as possible, we have identified the artist, subject-matter and date for each of the windows and the architects involved in each church. We have carried out research in various archives and have put together an overall description of the churches and their windows.

The final report will occupy four volumes. The first contains tables of historical information for each window, together with the descriptive overview. The second contains floor-plans and technical reports for each church. Volumes three and four contain the colour transparencies. These four volumes will be kept at the RCB Library in Dublin, but I shall be making several spiral-bound copies of the first two volumes and the RCB will send these to Mr Glenn Moore, the Diocesan Secretary, who will kindly arrange for each parish to have copies. The photographs can be consulted at the RCB Library and copies are available on request.

All of the factual data and the photographs are also put into a searchable data-base called Gloine. It already contains the information on the 1544 windows in the other seven dioceses which I have so-far recorded, together with about 3500 photographs. This data-base can be accessed at the RCB Library and at the Irish Architectural Archive in Merrion Square, Dublin.

Visiting the churches to carry out the fieldwork gave Meg and I a great deal of pleasure. The work took us to some memorable churches in delightful settings and gave us the opportunity to get to know your towns and countryside. It was of particular interest for us to start to get to know Northern Ireland, as the work to date has taken place entirely in the Republic. We were most impressed by the County Fermanagh landscape – and had to work hard to resist the temptations of that amazing tea-shop every time we passed through Bellanaleck on our way to and from the cottage we had rented by Upper Lough Erne! However, over and above all of this was the sense of privilege we felt by meeting and being treated so graciously by all of you who met us at your churches, allowed us to work in them and made us feel so especially welcome. And for that, Meg and I would like to give you our most sincere thanks.