Kilcorney Church looks bet­ter and brighter than ever

ST NI­CHOLAS CHURCH HAS BEEN CLOSED SINCE STORM OPHE­LIA, BUT HAS ITS REDEDICATI­ON CER­E­MONY IN RE­CENT DAYS

The Corkman - - NEWS - BY JOHN TAR­RANT

KILCORNEY’S Saint Ni­cholas Church re-opened its doors, brighter and up­dated, at a re-ded­i­ca­tion cer­e­mony at­tended by Bishop of Cloyne Wil­liam Crean.

Dur­ing Storm Ophe­lia in late 2017, the ‘ big wind’ hit the 160-year-old Church, lift­ing off a por­tion of the roof.

Thank­fully, no in­juries arose, yet it closed the doors to ac­cess and carry out re­pairs to al­low the Church re­turn to its for­mer glory.

In­surance cov­ered the vast ma­jor­ity of the works, with the com­mu­nity pledg­ing to off-set the re­main­ing costs with a num­ber of fund-rais­ing events.

The roof was re­placed in ad­di­tion to in­te­rior work; walls were re-plas­tered and re-painted; new stained win­dow glass was in­cor­po­rated; the Church was re-car­peted; and new Sta­tions of the Cross were in­stalled, mak­ing for wel­come viewing by a large con­gre­ga­tion.

Par­ish Priest Fr Wil­liam Win­ter spoke of the de­ter­mined ef­forts of the Kilcorney pub­lic for the church to be re­paired and pro­tected from the el­e­ments.

“Our faith is much more ev­i­dent and more im­por­tant than we re­alise,” Fr Win­ter said.

“That was ev­i­dent in Kilcorney in the huge ef­fort to save the con­tents, trans­fer­ring the Mass to the Com­mu­nity Cen­tre and restor­ing the Church.”

Bishop Crean added his con­grat­u­la­tions to all in­volved on en­sur­ing the Church re-opened af­ter the storm.

“It’s tes­ti­mony of the co-op­er­a­tion ev­i­dent here; its won­der­ful to cel­e­brate the re-open­ing of the Church on a spe­cial oc­ca­sion for Kilcorney”, the Bishop of Cloyne said.

Photo by John Tar­rant

Peggy Twomey greets Bishop of Cloyne Wil­liam Crean at the re-ded­i­ca­tion of St Ni­cholas Church, Kilcorney.

Photo by John Tar­rant

Fr Richard He­garty joined by Mary and Mossie Cot­ter at the re-ded­i­ca­tion of Kilcorney Church.

Photo by John Tar­rant

Roisín Roche, Mairéad Mur­phy, Ellen Roche and Carmel Flem­ing at the re-ded­i­ca­tion of St Ni­cholas Church, Kilcorney.

Photo by John Tar­rant

Pic­tured at the re-ded­i­ca­tion of St Ni­cholas Church in Kilcorney were John Twomey, De­nis O’Rior­dan, Niall Buck­ley and Pat Golden.

Photo by John Tar­rant

Bishop of Cloyne Wil­liam Crean wel­comed by Fr Wil­liam Win­ter.

Photo by John Tar­rant

Mar­garet Browne and Michelle Shee­han at the rededicati­on of St Ni­cholas Church.

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