The west portal of St. Fin Barre's Cathedral in Cork depicts the parable taken from St. Matthew's Gospel (25:1-13) of the Wise and the Foolish Virgins. THe wise one brought oil for the lamps the foolish ones did not and when their lamps went out the Bridegroom came went into the Banqueth hall and locked out the foolishe ones. The parable has always been regarded as having an apocalypic significance: always be ready for the Lord's second coming for you know not the hour nor the watch when he comes. And of course, the idea of the church being the banqueth hall of the wedding feast of the Lamb makes the subject particularly suitable for a church entrance -especially as the nuptials of the Lamb are always depicted in liturgical terms e.g. Jan Van Eyck's famous Ghent Altar piece.
The theme was hugly popular throughout the Romanesque and Gothic periods with fine examples to be seen in Amiens, Auxerre, Basel,.Laon, Notre Dame de Paris, Rgeims, Sens Strasburg, Freiburg Minster, Luebeck, Erfurt, the magnificent example at Magdaburg