Clean-up of former Jesuits church in Limerick planned

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

A MASSIVE clean-up of the newly acquired Sacred Heart Jesuit Church is to take place this Wednesday at 5pm.

A MASSIVE clean-up of the newly acquired Sacred Heart Jesuit Church is to take place this Wednesday at 5pm.

It is hoped that dozens of volunteers will descend on the Crescent to help clean the iconic building.

It will be the first time in six years the church has enjoyed a clean-up, and it has come as a result of the purchase of the building by the Institute of Christ the King.

The young community of priests - average age just 33 - plan to open the church to the celebration of Latin mass from next month.

And it is hoped that further down the line, it will also be used as a community facility.

Mr McMahon is organising the cleanup, with support from Pat Kearney, managing director of Rooney Auctioneers, which sold the property to the order.

“It is a wonderful building, and it is a credit to it that [the interior] has not deteriorated over the years,” he said.

Mr McMahon used to worship at the church as a youngster, and now feels it is time to give back.

“The building is a beautiful building. But given they are an order of priests, they would have few resources. So I thought it would be a good idea to have this clean-up,” he added.

In a bid to do as good a job as possible, Mr McMahon is to engage a cleaning company to lead the operation.

He said: “One of the things we want to do is have it ordered in a way. We don’t want to be tripping over each other’s buckets!”

He hopes at least 50 people attend: “If it becomes 60 or 70, it will be the work of a higher power,” he laughed.

The Adare man says he is looking from help from: “Anyone who can walk. Anyone with one hand, anyone who is familiar with the operation of a brush. And even those who are not!”

For more information on the clean-up, contact 087-7804200.