THE FIRST phase of much-needed repair works to the Church of the Assumption, Rosbercon, is expected to be completed by the middle of this month.
These essential repair and renovation works, which are currently taking place under the stewardship of Ormonde Construction Ltd., involve repair works to the roofs and lead flashings, repair works to all stone barges, repairs to the stained glass windows and storm glazing, structural stitching to the nave areas, repairs to cracks in the facades and cleaning of the church facades.
When completed these works will eliminate the ingress of rainwater into the church and will help the church in drying out in advance of the second phase of works starting in early 2012.
The second phase of the works will include localised dry-lining to the inside of the church, full internal redecoration and the upgrade of the lighting and heating system.
In addition to the works in Rosbercon, the electrical systems in Tullogher are also being updated and similar works are soon to be undertaken in Listerlin.
The design and delivery of the project is being coordinated by local architect Brian Dunlop of Brian Dunlop Architects. Local contractors Pierce Handrick and Ciaran McElwee are currently working on the external washing and electrics of the church respectively and it is hoped a significant number of local contractors will also be involved in the second phase of the works.
It is estimated that the total cost of the repair, renovation and redecoration of the three churches will be in the region of €390,000.
To date €72,422 has been donated, with standing orders to the value of €30,000 over the next three years in place and further contributions pledged and promised.
To meet the overall fundraising target the Parish will be organising events, draws, projects and promotions over the coming years, the next of which will take place on Sunday, December 4 in the form of a Parish Draw. Tickets will be distributed to homes in the Parish early this month at a cost of €1 each or a book of six for €5.