Cathedral walls knocked for ramp

Construction work is continuing at St Mary’s Cathedral this week with a large section of the boundary wall presently knocked down to make way for a new entrance with a wheelchair ramp and steps.

Construction work is continuing at St Mary’s Cathedral this week with a large section of the boundary wall presently knocked down to make way for a new entrance with a wheelchair ramp and steps.

The entrance will allow for greater ease of access to the 19th Century church. Specifically, it will offer direct access to the new blessed sacrament chapel, which is located in the formerly disused boiler room below the main sanctuary and altar.

For the most part, the walls will be rebuilt using the original stones once the new steps and ramp are complete.

The chapel will contain a sacistry, and will be linked to the chapter house. It will be accessible to all by an elevator in the link corridor, servicing all three floors.

Enda Morrissey of Dunreidy Engineering have been at work in the cathedral’s basement interior for a number of weeks now, where a new blessed sacrament chapel is under construction.

A new pedestrian entrance on the James’s Street side is also being built. It is hoped that these external works will be completed by mid-2013.

The first phase of the project, which included a new coffee shop, kitchen area, bookstore/library, full toilet facilities and the restored chapter room, was finished earlier this summer.