Ancient cross removed at St Mary's Church

The existing stone cross on the roof of St Mary's Church has had to be removed due to its delicate and unsafe condition.

The cross, which was carved in Kilkenny limestone and was likely erected in the 18th Century, was located on the east end of the apex of the roof. It was discovered to be in an unsafe condition during the course of site investigation, which is ongoing during the restoration and museum project.

A replacement cross has been hand carved on site and put in place since. The original will be retained and put on display at ground level in the near future.

The main contract on St Mary's is progressing and the north aisle extension structure has been completed. The 'museum interpretative process' and fit-out are also under way.