Major repair work is underway at the Church of Ireland in Donegal Town.

Scaffolding has been put in place and the crucial repairs will then begin.

Archdeacon Venerable David Huss told the Donegal Post: “We are having the whole tower and spire repointed, with repairs also to the stonework and leadwork.

“The pointing has been deteriorating, allowing damp to enter the building.”

The work is expected to last between two and three months. It is being carried out by Rainey Restoration who recently worked on Donegal Castle. The estimated cost is €150,000.

A number of fundraising events are being organised to meet the cost of the work. The first of these is a dance in the Abbey Hotel. It will take place on Friday, May 4 from 9.00pm with music by Out And About. Tickets cost €10 and are available from Venerable Huss or from any church member. Donations can also be made through a GoFundMe page.

History

This beautiful, cut-stone church was built between 1825 and 1828, and was consecrated in 1831. It was then extended in 1890 with the addition of an organ chamber, chancel and vestry.

As well as being the parish church, it is a well-known landmark and an integral part of the character of Donegal Town. It is situated just off the Diamond on Tirchonaill Street, opposite the courthouse and Donegal Castle and overlooking the River Eske. It is one of Donegal Town's most photographed buildings and the tall spire and clock can be seen from all around the town.

Any support in this important repair work would be greatly appreciated.

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