Clarecastle Church restoration 1985

Clarecastle Church
Eric Shaw

During the years 1985/6 major reconstruction of the church took place both internally and externally, under the direction of Fr Michael McInerney, PP. The new façade gives a modern look to the old church. The organ gallery and the gallery on the south wing were replaced and a new gallery was added on the north wing. The nave of the church was extended, and a stained glass window, depicting the Risen Lord, designed by Hilary Gilmore and made by John Duggan of Limerick, was installed behind the altar. A new stone altar was installed, with a new stone ambo and tabernacle surround. New seating was installed. The boundary walls were lowered and a car park space made in front. The old baptismal font and holy water fonts were retained. Much of the reconstruction work, costing in excess of £ 250,000, was done by local volunteers, a labour of love.

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