Work is now well under way on the restoration project at St. Eunan’s Cathedral in Raphoe. Dean Arthur met with architect Karl Pedersen and contractor Richard Gamble today, to check on progress. The Rector – who is familiar with almost every aspect of the cathedral – said it was fascinating to see the close-up detail of such an old building, and the intricate work taking place there.
The work was initially meant to start last April but the project fell behind schedule as the Covid-19 pandemic took hold. The recent announcement of an €80,000 grant from the Historic Structures Fund and the Built Heritage Investment Scheme – administered through Donegal County Council – allowed the Raphoe Cathedral Restoration Projection to get ‘back on track’ last month, albeit slightly behind schedule.
Christians have been praying on the cathedral site for 1,400 years and this present church is over 800 years old. “If we’re to preserve worship on this ancient and historic site,” the Dean said, “then this restoration work is absolutely essential.” He has thanked his parishioners for their patience and generosity, and for their commitment to St Eunan’s Cathedral.