60 years of Our Lady of Lour­des church

Drogheda Independent - - COMMUNITY NEWS - Hu­bert Mur­phy’s look at life by the Boy­ne­side and sur­rounds hmur­phy@drogheda-in­de­pen­dent.ie | 041 9876820

2019 marks the 60th an­niver­sary of Our Lady of Lour­des Church at Beech­grove and they are on the look­out for any mem­o­ries peo­ple have of the church down the years.

They hope to in­clude the im­ages on their web­site so con­tact ollchurch@saint­peters­drogheda.ie.

Of course, I had a look at our own pa­per of that time and the Mayor of the time, Eu­gene Hughes at­tended the open­ing in April 1959 with the likes of His Emi­nence, Car­di­nal of Ar­magh and Pri­mate of All-Ire­land; Most Rev. Wil­liam Con­way as well as His Emi­nence; Most Rev. Dr. John Kyne, Bishop of Meath

The church could seat 1,200 it was stated and also part of the day was a Guards-of-Hon­our from the F.C.A., un­der the com­mand of Capt. Sean Mur­ray, and the Oliver Plun­ket Troop of Catholic Boy Scouts, un­der the com­mand of Scout­mas­ter, Mr. Wil­liam Martin.

The cer­e­mony was the ful­fil­ment of a dream for Right Rev. Mon­signor J. F. Stokes, P.P., V.G., St. Peter’s, and his parish­ioners.

It was built in Ir­ish gran­ite and Port­land stone and un­usu­ally at the time, had no pil­lars.

The very fine sculp­tured rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the Ap­pari­tion at Lour­des is by Ir­ish artist, Al­bert Power, of Dublin. The Sta­tions of the Cross and fresco paint­ing of the apse are by an­other Ir­ish artist, Bernard McDon­agh of Sligo.

The main con­trac­tors were Messrs. C. Cree­don & Sons, of New­mar­ket, Dublin, and the 25 cwt. Church Bell was sup­plied and in­stalled at the Church by the Bell Foundry, of James’s Street, Dublin.

Messrs. Josqph Rock & Sons, of Moun­tjoy Square, Dublin, sup­plied and erected the mag­nif­i­cent mar­ble High Al­tar and the Com­mu­nion Rails.

I pre­sume the im­prove­ments on Bach­e­lor’s Lane, at the side of the Au­gus­tinian, are just the start of works around the back lanes. Large one-way signs have been painted on the road, so there’s no doubt­ing the right way to go. But fur­ther down Shop Street, at Bes­sexwell Lane, there’s no in­di­ca­tion that it’s a one-way route. The ma­jor­ity of driv­ers seem to en­ter from the May­oralty Streeet end any­way, so maybe now is the time to make a de­ci­sion on the best op­tions on the one-way sys­tem around these streets be­fore there’s a tragic ac­ci­dent.As an aside, a con­crete fin­ish rather than tar­mac would have looked a lot bet­ter (left).

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