Fittings from Limerick’s former Franciscan Church to be donated

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

The former Jesuit Church in Limerick, reopened as the Sacred Heart Church
THE former operators of the now-closed Franciscan Church in Henry Street are to donate a number of items to the Sacred Heart Church.

THE former operators of the now-closed Franciscan Church in Henry Street are to donate a number of items to the Sacred Heart Church.

Since taking over the former Jesuits Church at the Crescent last year, the order of the Institute of Christ the King have been renovating the interior.

Now, the Franciscan order - who moved out of Limerick in 2008 - has agreed to donate some of the fittings from the old church to the Sacred Heart.

Canon Wulfran Lebocq of the Institute of Christ the King has lodged a planning application with Limerick City Council to alter the interior of the church buildings.

This will see the installation of a marble pulpit, a vestment cabinet, and two angel statues at the main altar area.

Canon Lebocq says he hopes to have planning permission in place by either September or October.

In the meantime, the church is seeking funding to allow for the mammoth job of moving the pieces from Henry Street.

“These are significant items, because they come from the same architect [who designed] both the Franciscan Church and the Sacred Heart Church,” Canon Lebocq explained.

The Institute of Christ the King bought the former Jesuit Church last year for under €800,000. It has been back open to the public since September last.