Clann Credo

Clann Credo recently celebrated their 20th anniversary as Irelands leading provider of community finance. Since 1996 they have supported over 800 projects with almost €80 million of social finance. They provide loans to community groups, charities and local enterprises. This enables them to achieve their social and economic potential on terms and conditions that would not be available to them commercially.

Clann Credo logo


The story of this piece began with an approach by the CEO Mr Paul O’Sullivan. He wanted to create a panel based on their logo for Sister Magdalen Fogarty, one of the founder members. This was to be as a presentation on the upcoming occasion of her retirement from the board of directors. The panel was to be small enough to hang in a window and framed in wood. The CEO had an idea of re-creating the Clann Credo logo as Sister Magdalen was a big stained glass fan. This would combine two things that were very close to her heart.

First pattern draft

This is the first draft of the pattern I drew up. The ellipse part with the colors was straightforward enough but I wasn’t sure at this stage of the size of the lettering and how it would work within the space.

 Cut and leaded

We agreed on the idea and then I made the templates and proceeded to cut out the glass. Lead came forms the outside of the panel as this works much better with the design. I have settled on copper foil for the lettering as it is very intricate and would look better with a finer line.

Clann Credo with lettering foiled

Here is the panel with the letters wrapped in copper foil ready to be soldered. You can see the difference between the thickness of the foil as opposed to the lead lines.

Clann Credo framedSoldering complete, cleaned polished and framed with reclaimed pitch pine. The finished size is 400mm x 520mm.

The Presentation by President of Ireland Michael D Higgins to Sister Magdalen Fogarty at Dublin Castle.


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My name is David Kennedy and I create stained glass patterns and designs. These are downloadable PDF files and they are available to buy on this website. If you would like to view the selection please visit the Patterns Store to see the full range. I work in both lead and copper foil which enables me to produce a wide range of different styles. These are skills I have developed over the last 35 years of working with glass.

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