North Wall reinstated at Clones Parish Church
St Tighernach’s Day, Saturday the 4th of April, was celebrated in style
in Clones, as parishioners and members of the local community came together
for a festive service of dedication and rededication in Clones Parish Church.
It was a significant day in the life of the parish as the Churchyard and
exterior of the Church are now accessible again, which had not been possible
for almost ten years due to the collapse of the north boundary wall. The
wall on the north side of the church collapsed in June 1999, and at the end
of a long legal process, the wall is now reinstated and looks magnificent!
The service was well-attended and the address was given by the Bishop of
Clogher, the Rt Revd Dr Michael Jackson. As the parish now begin fundraising
for the future, the parish have launched St Tighernach’s restoration
appeal. In the weeks leading up to St Tighernach’s Day, the parish
had commissioned TKB Southgate and Mr Derek Cassidy to undertake a Conservation
Management Plan for the church. This report, funded by the Heritage Council,
has now been received and will form the base for future restoration work
of St Tighernach’s Church.
The Rector and the Select Vestry of Clones Parish wish to acknowledge all
those who in countless ways have contributed to the process of reinstating
the boundary wall. In this regard they would like to mention the Diocese
of Clogher, the Representative Church Body, the main contractor Padraig McQuiad
and all those in co-operation with him, Fitzpatrick Consulting, and the Church’s
neighbours on the Diamond at Clones. Without their support, the parish would
not have been able to celebrate!
The other gifts dedicated at the service, which the express its gratitude
The Notice Board, in memory of Herby, donated by the Leach family;
The Vestry Doors, in memory of Heather and George Johnston, donated by their
family, Peter and Wendy;
The Handrail (outside) Donation in lieu of flowers at the late Willie Pringle's
and Alec Bailey's funerals, and in memory of William McQuaid. Donated by
the Gauley family.
The Clock (in the tower). Thanks and appreciation for the refurbishment of
the clock through donations from the late Mrs Anderson (nee Hayes), Clones
Credit Union and Monaghan County Council.
Revd Helene Steed, Rector of Clones along with Bishop Jackson.
Date: 16th April 09