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St Mary’s set for refurbishment

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

St Mary’s set for refurbishment thumbnailSt Mary's Church

CHANGE is coming to St Mary's Church, Lavey as work is set to being on a major refurbishment project.

The proposals have been in the pipeline since the 1980s and will see a complete refurbishment of a church first established in 1873.

The proposals will see a new floor, new electrics a better heating system a new roof, new parking facilities and new toilets with disabled access established.

The old Church, which is a Grade B listed building, closed on 19th March with the parish currently using the local GAA and Ancient Order of Hibernian's halls for their services.

A delay in proceedings has meant that the Church is yet to put the project out for tender but Parish Priest Eamon Graham is still hopeful that the work will begin by the end of April.

Speaking about the ambitious project Parish Priest Eamon Graham told the Courier of his and his congregation's excitement.

“It is a complete refurbishment of the Church, everything will be modernised," he said. "There will be a new floor, new electrics system, better parking and heating.

“I have inherited the project from my predecessors, I have been in position here at St Mary's for a year and a half. I am delighted that it has been approved and I think the parishioners are anxious to see the work, which will take a year to complete, begin.

“Parishioners will be displaced for a year and it will be a challenge but we know it is one we must face and it will be worth it when we are in our new building."

Welcoming the development work at the Church, local SDLP Councillor Martin Kearney said: "The Parishioners of St. Mary's Church Lavey are delighted that extensive renovations will begin shortly.

“The existing building, formed in the beautiful Gothic Revival style was opened in 1873, to replace a Chapel opened 70 years earlier located in the old graveyard across the road.

“The Mayogall Chapel as it is fondly known, is about to undergo a complete upgrade to roof, walls and the entire organisation. This must be carefully undertaken as it is a Grade B listed building.

“Mass will be celebrated in the meantime in the nearby Mayogall Hall and the Lavey GAA Centre. The parishioners must be given great credit for the amount of fundraising already completed."

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