Count­ing the cost

ST. PA­TRICK’S RESTORA­TION TIME AS YET AN UN­KNOWN

Bray People - - NEWS - ES­THER HAY­DEN

THE COST and du­ra­tion of the ren­o­va­tions to the fire dam­aged St. Pa­trick’s Church in Wicklow have yet to be de­ter­mined.

Fr. Donal Roche said he still had no in­for­ma­tion on the scale of the ren­o­va­tion works say­ing that some­one from the Arch­dio­cese would be ar­riv­ing in Wicklow town to­day ( Wed­nes­day) to ex­am­ine the dam­age.

Once ex­am­ined, an ar­chi­tect will be ap­pointed.

Fr. Roche said that while the build­ing had also been ex­am­ined by rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the in­surance com­pany a cost­ing on the clean up work had yet to be de­ter­mined.

The church was ex­ten­sively dam­aged by smoke af­ter the crib was ma­li­ciously set alight on De­cem­ber 20.

Fr. Roche said the church will have to be to­tally re­painted and some plas­ter­ing work will be needed on the wall where the club was.

He said that thank­fully no struc­tural dam­age was in­curred dur­ing the fire.

Thank­fully the Harry Clarke stained glass win­dows were all un­dam­aged but will need to be metic­u­lously cleaned as will all the stained glass win­dows.

One stained glass win­dow at the rear of the church will also need to be re­paired.

The or­gan pipes will also need to be cleaned as a re­sult of the smoke dam­age.

Fr. Roche said while he has no idea how long the ren­o­va­tions will take he would like to see the church back in pris­tine con­di­tion for the Easter cel­e­bra­tions. He said he might be naive in hop­ing for this, but lo­cal peo­ple have been work­ing flat out to bring the dam­aged church back to life so hope springs eter­nal.

The area where the Christ­mas crib was placed and (in­set) Fr. Donal Roche.

The al­tar the day af­ter the fire.

Dam­age to the pews.

Anne Hig­gins, among an army of peo­ple help­ing with the clean-up.

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