Time to re­turn the rail­ings at the front of St Peter’s Church

Drogheda Independent - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

FOR many decades, large rail­ings sur­rounded the front of St Peter’s Church, a real old style fea­ture that still ex­ists in many churches around the coun­try.

Their main fo­cus was se­cu­rity, but with the end of the rail­ings, the steps of St Peter’s be­came a fo­cal point for peo­ple and this year’s Fleadh showed just what a huge as­set the church and its sur­rounds are to the cen­tre of the town. But there’s real prob­lems now. And it has come to a stage where the church author­i­ties - whether they like it or not - may have to re­turn the rail­ings to the front of St Peter’s.

The area has be­come a se­ri­ous risk to peo­ple, be they at­tend­ing mass or vis­it­ing or work­ing there.

Cer­e­monies have been dis­rupted at times, es­pe­cially in the evenings and of course, a cross was stolen from one of the side altars in re­cent times.

At­trac­tive rail­ings with ap­pro­pri­ate gates would cer­tainly give the church a majesty again, but not help with pho­to­graphs of the mag­nif­i­cent build­ing.

St Peter’s is not alone when it comes to the threat of anti-so­cial be­hav­iour or theft. The Au­gus­tinian al­ways ad­vises peo­ple about pray­ing and prey­ing - the scourge of pick pock­ets, etc, al­ways an is­sue when peo­ple go into the church to take some time out.

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