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Plan to convert former Limerick toy shop into faith centre

The former Smyth's store is being converted into a church

The former Smyth's store is being converted into a church

  • by Nick Rabbitts
 

THE Abundant Life Christian Church has taken a step closer to moving into the former Smyth’s Toys building in Henry Street.

The Irish Assemblies of God co-operative network, which counts the Post Office Lane church among its members, is to submit an application to City and County Council seeking to change the use of the old toy shop from retail to place of worship.

As well as this, it wants to make alterations to the existing delivery access doors and reconfigure its interior.

New signage is also being sought.

The Abundant Life Christian Church is in the process of buying the building for around €460,000, and plans to convert the building into a place of worship, and also a space where volunteers can meet and classes be held.

The building will be known as the Life Centre.

Last month, Pastor Kevin Fitzgibbon described the purchase as a “dream come true” for the church, which has a congregation of 25 different nationalities.

At present, the Abundant Life church is based in a building it shares with a number of others in Post Office Lane. But when they open the old toy shop it will mean a trebling in size for the church’s premises.

The Irish Assemblies of God now has two weeks to submit a formal application to the planning department of City and County Council.

 

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