THE Church of Ireland is proposing to build a new residence for the Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe in Adare.
And while the proposal is still at an early stage, the first milestone was reached last week when Limerick County Council gave notice it intended to dispose of a parcel of land it owns in Adare to the Church of Ireland. The figure agreed for the 0.658 hectare site, on the Killarney Rd, was €250,000 and disposal will be subject to planning permission to develop the site.
The Bishop’s House on the North Circular Rd in Limerick was sold a number of years ago, and the current serving Bishop, the Very Rev Trevor Williams, has been living in leased accommodation in Adare.
Trevor Stacey, property manager with the Representative Body of the Church of Ireland, confirmed that the Adare site was intended as a replacement house for the Bishop “subject to planning permission.”
“It is a suitable location for us,” he explained. “It is a good location to get to all parts of the diocese and to Dublin.”
The Church of Ireland dioceses of Limerick and Killaloe are very extensive, and stretch from South Galway and Clare to Limerick and Kerry.
“Since we sold the last house, the diocese has been waiting for a new one,” Mr Stacey said. “It is good news for the diocese and it is good from a communications point of view.”
The Church of Ireland is still awaiting written confirmation of the agreement to sell and the sale itself must go through all the legal channels before then going through the planning process.
Mr Stacey said they would probably apply for outline permission initially before finalising the design.
But he felt that coming up with final proposals would not be too difficult as the church has built a number of new Bishop’s Houses over the past few years. A new Archbishop’s House was built in Armagh and earlier this year, a new Bishop’s House was opened in Cavan to replace a 20,000 square foot “house” in Kilmore.
“It will be done fairly easily,” Mr Stacey said., “We already have the template for what we deem to be a suitable residence for a Bishop.”
“We are delighted to have gotten to this stage,” he continued, and hoped the rest of the process would go smoothly.
The Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe, Very Rev Trevor Williams, when contacted by the Limerick Leader said he was not personally involved in any decisions regarding a new bishop’s house nor indeed with any aspect of the project.