On Sunday 29th September a large number of Parishioners and friends attended the rededication of the Parish Pipe Organ, and the dedication of a new Lectern Bible, Pew Bibles and Visual Equipment.
The Service was led by the Priest-in-Charge of the Parish, Rev. Mark Lennox. The Act of Dedication was led by the Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, Rt. Rev. Ken Good. The Old Testament Reading was read by Most Rev. Frances Lagan, retired Auxiliary Bishop of Derry and the New Testament Reading was read by Rev. Noel Fallows, retired Methodist minister of Strabane. The Derg Valley Choir sang three pieces entitled ‘Be Still, ‘Dominican Magnificat’ and ‘In Jesus Hands’.
After the service the congregation enjoyed continued fellowship and refreshments in the parish hall, where the ladies of the parish yet again excelled in providing a wonderful supper.
Commenting on the evening Rev Lennox said “It is a wonderful occasion to have the new gifts dedicated and in use and also to hear a wonderful sound coming from the parish organ once again. It is good to see restoration of the organ coming to completion with the project costing in the region of £75000. On behalf of the parish I would like to thank everyone who supported this project.”
The organ’s original construction was in 1895 by the firm of Peter Conacher & Co, Huddersfield, based in Yorkshire. They built and rebuilt many organs for churches in Ireland and, at a time, had tuning representatives based in Belfast, Dublin and Cork.
The organ was rebuilt and enlarged in 1936 by the Belfast form of Evans & Barr, this work was presented by the Lawson family. In 1975 there was a minor overhaul carried out by Wells Kennedy, Lisburn, when the low voltage electrical switch system and wiring was renewed. The organ remained in that state with only routine annual tuning and maintenance until the occurrence of storm damage in 2011, giving rise to the recent total renovation.