BUCKETS, brushes and mops were at the ready as more than 30 proud locals gave the Sacred Heart Church its first clean-up in five years.
From next Monday, October 1, the Sacred Heart Church is to open each day at 6pm for Benediction, meaning the clean-up comes just in time.
This comes after a young community of priests, the Institute of Christ the King, purchased the building.
Dozens more civic minded people were expected at the Crescent Church as the clean-up went on late into last night.
The initiative was led by former air traffic controller Proinsias McMahon, with three of the five priests also getting involved.
Following a prayer, the cleaning team were split into five groups. One cleaned the high altar, one cleaned the right alcove, with another taking the right.
Meanwhile, the other two groups tackled the Confessional boxes. After getting rid of the dust, it was planned to give the church a vacuum, then a mop.
Following this, a local cleaning firm was to come around and polish the floor.
In the coming days, the front of the church will also get a new lick of paint.
Mr McMahon praised those who turned up from across the city and county.
“It is great to see people come in with brushes willing to help. It goes to show there is a huge pride in the city. But I expected this. The history is wonderful around this building. People have had a long association with it, be it religious, or be it the fact it is in the centre. There were a lot of people here today at the last Mass celebrated here so it is great we have come full circle.”
Canon Wulfran Lebocq, head of the order, added: “People are not only curious, they are very happy to help. We know when a lot of people were younger, they were coming to the church to pray. The Good Lord will certainly receive their prayers and works tonight.”
The church will open every day in October, excluding Sundays, at 6pm.
This will start from Monday when there will be a Benediction and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.