The most important construction work to be carried out at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin in more than 150 years has been completed.
The two-year restoration project for the roof of the medieval building cost 9.4 million euros.
It included the replacement of 14,000 slates, gutters and walkways, as well as the repair of masonry, glazing and carpentry.
“This is a wonderful time for St. Patrick’s Cathedral,” said Reverend Dr William Morton, Dean of the Cathedral.
“The conservation project was extremely large and many different factors had to be taken into account for a heritage restoration project of this magnitude.
Saint-Patrick’s Cathedral had to take out a loan of € 3.4 million to complete the work.
The shortfall was caused by the impact of the pandemic, which saw the number of visitors plummet.
“For 18 months, in terms of visitors, we haven’t had a single penny,” said Dr Morton.
“I am very grateful to the government for the 1 million euro grant and to other organizations, and the generosity of the individuals and members of our congregation without whose help it could not have continued.”
The renovations included major improvements to the fire safety systems.
Cathedral staff say the project has secured the 800-year-old building for generations to come.
Dublin’s largest renovation project in over 150 years is finally complete. Staff say the € 9.4million new roof secures the future of the medieval building for generations to come.
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