September 17th marks an important date in the life of our Cathedral. On this day the Very Revd William Morton and Chris Chambers of Clancy Construction officially signed the contract for the restoration of the Roof. Work on the €9.2 million conservation project has already begun and the Landscape around the Cathedral is now dominated by 2 Cranes. While internally scaffold towers are in place, rest assured that the Cathedral will remain open for Worshipers and Visitors alike.
Over €5 million has been raised for the repair work so far. Earlier this year a sponsor a slate programme was launched to secure the future of the 800 year old building. The Friends of St Patrick’s Cathedral were present to witness the historic contract signing this morning and presented the Dean with a cheque for the roof repair fund.
Dean Morton stressed that money raised during the cathedral’s Eucharist services and from candle stands is ring fenced for charitable purposes. The cathedral has donated about €1 million to charities and community organisations over the last 10 years through its Community and Charitable fund. The 2019 fund is now open for applications and organisations from all over the island of Ireland are invited to apply.
Learn more about the Saint Patrick’s Cathedral Community and Charitable fund here
The works will be undertaken by Clancy Construction under the supervision of the cathedral architect, John Beauchamp of B2 Architects. The distinctive blue grey slates to be used in the restoration of the roof will be sourced from the same slate mine in Wales as the original slates used in the Guinness restoration during the 1860s.
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