WORK began this morning on an innovative and elaborate project to renovate St Mary’s Cathedral.
Part of the wall was demolished to create access to a temporary chapel which will be used by parishioners for the duration of the works. The plan would see a Blessed Sacrament Chapel, for use by all parishioners, placed underneath the main cathedral altar at an estimated cost of E750,000.
It is estimated that it would be completed by mid 2013. The next phase would be the roof costing E4 million and finished, hopefully, by the end of 2014. Work on the external walls and windows costing E2 million would start early in 2015 and finally, the most expensive part of the blueprint, the internal renovations costing in the region of E8.25 million would start, bringing the entire project to an end by 2016.