An urgent appeal has been launched to raise funds for the repair of Clifden’s Christ Church.
The recent severe weather has accelerated the decline of the historic church’s spire, and health and safety concerns have now been raised regarding the condition of the spire.
The weather vane is no longer stabilised and is in danger of collapse; the lightening conductor needs replacement; some of the slate louvers in the tower are fractured and need replacement; the timber supports for the bell are badly eroded and need replacement; and lead flashing between tower and main roof is allowing ingress of water.
A church spokesman said: ‘This work must be completed before further urgent internal works proceed. Our costings for this first phase is €50,000, and we would welcome all contributions to assist us with this work.’
Contact Revd Stan Evans on (095) 21147 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.