Limerick City Cathedral gets €100,000 funding boost

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

ST Mary’s Cathedral has received a major boost, with a €100,000 grant for major improvements to the building.

ST Mary’s Cathedral has received a major boost, with a €100,000 grant for major improvements to the building.

Failte Ireland has donated €80,000 with a further €20,000 funded from the cathedral itself for a refurbishment of the Church of Ireland cathedral.

Plans for the refurbishment include improved signage both inside and outside the St Augustine’s Place building.

There will also be improved access for wheelchair users, as well as panels giving information and an interpretation of the Cathedral’s stained glass windows.

Crucially, the steps at the Cathedral’s historic west door will finally be restored.

For the last few years, these have been out of use, and access has been reduced.

Shannon Development has worked closely with St Mary’s Cathedral to secure a total of €79,640 under Failte Ireland’s Historic Properties and Gardens Heritage Fund.

The Rt Revd Trevor Williams, Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe, said: “The proposed works will provide a more enhanced and rewarding experience for visitors through better interpretation and information.”

The Cathedral will remain open for the works’ duration.