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Posted on Sat, Jun 6, 2015



Working towards 2018, the 75th anniversary of our Parish. 

Phase 1 of Maintenance and Development Works on our Church began on February 10th 2016. The closing dates for tenders was 12th August 2015.  Tenders were submitted to our Architect, Ms. Carmel Brennan, Clonliffe Architects, Botanic Court, 30 - 32 Botnic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9. Approval for the successful tender was givenby the Diocesan Buildings and Finance Committees.  Subsequent to this approval work could begin. The estimated schedule for completion is 21 weeks from the commencement date during which time access to the main church will be curtailed on weekdays.  All weekday Masses and other Liturgies and Prayers except Funerals will be held in the Oratory.  The building of the new Pastoral space required the removal of 10 rows of seats right across the back of the church in both the centre and side aisles.  If you had a memorial plaque on one of these benches please contact the Parish Office about finding an alternative place in the church for your plaque if you haven't already done so. 


Total Building Cost  (including Maintenance Works, Decoration & Pastoral Space)  €525,000 plus fees. 


We acknowledge with thanks the wonderful financial support which our regular parishioners give each week towards the upkeep of the parish buildings through the envelope collection. The cost of the refurbishment will be funded primarily from the proceeds of the sale of the Presbyteries (300,000) combined with a recent legacy to the parish and also parish savings.  At this stage it looks as though the completion of Phase 1 will come in slightly over budget and consequently we need to do some fundraising.  Several parishioners have already given special contributions towards the refurbishment work for which we are most grateful. 




If you are in a position to contribute towards the work, any donation however small will be gratefully received in the special REFURBISHMENT ENVELOPES which will are available in the churchPerhaps you could give an envelope to family members or neighbours who avail of the services of our church but who can’t or don’t attend or contribute regularly.  





Click here to View Architect's Drawing



A.  Essential repairs and decoration

1. Crack to internal Nave wall to be attended to.

 2.  Roof Repair work.

3. Upgrade of Electrics including Fire Safety Provisions, sanctuary lighting. 

4. Heating – Energy Efficient Holistic approach to upgrading heating system

 5. Window Repair Works 

6.  Complete Painting of church interior

Essential Maintenance Building Cost €434,000.00

B. Provision of Pastoral Space €91,167.00  

 Multi-functional Pastoral Space for 120 people seated/150 people standing. Introduction of a separate acoustically insulated pastoral meeting space to the rear of the Church nave served by a tea station.  Constructed predominately of frameless glazed and natural wood finished partitions. The installation will be similar to a piece of furniture which does not compete with the rich marbled interior of the church.

Total Building Cost Budget (including Maintenance Works & Pastoral Space) €525000.00  


An information meeting to present the scope and details of the upgrading work on the church was  held in Our Lady’s Hall on Thursday 23rd April at 7.30pm. All Parishioners were invited to attend.  Participants were welcomed by Mrs. Pat Clarke, Chair of the Finance Committee and led in prayer by Fr. Dave Brannigan.  A Powerpoint presentation of the plans was introduced by Canon John Flaherty and Mr. Peter Burke followed by an Open Forum of questions and observations.  Our evening ended with refreshments provided by the Staff of Our Lady's Hall. 


CHURCH UPGRADING  As many of you know, an upgrading of the church building including rewiring, redecorating, improved wheelchair access and provision of extra pastoral space has been pending for some time now.  Following discussions with the Buildings department of the Archdiocese, Clonliffe Architects have been engaged to oversee the proposals which have been approved by the Parish Finance Committee in recent months.  An information meeting for anybody wishing to know the scope and details of the upgrading will be held in Our Lady’s Hall on Thursday 23rd April at 7.30pm.  All Welcome.  A display of the Architect’s drawing will be placed in the back of the church shortly.  We hope that work will begin in August or early September and be completed in about 12 weeks


Church Refurbishment Project:  Members of the Parish Finance committee have, since January  2014, been in consultation with the Diocesan Finance Secretariat and Buildings committee with a view to repainting the church and providing more suitable Pastoral space.  We were advised that the first step in the project should be a survey of the entire building. This has been done and what has emerged is the need to do some repair work to the roof and the re-wiring of the church before any the decorative phase commences.  Our Architect has submitted two phased plans to the Diocese and we have been asked to submit a third.  The cost of the refurbishment will be in the region of €500,000 which will be funded from the proceeds of the sale of the Presbyteries combined with a recent legacy to the parish and also parish savings.  We may also need to do some fundraising.  When a plan acceptable to the Diocese emerges it will be presented in full to the people of the parish.  The process will be slow with a view to its completion by 2018 the 75th Anniversary of the Parish.




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