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Local PP announces grant award to St Patrick’s Church, Crossmaglen

Fr Joe McKeever PP, Upper Creggan has advised the Examiner that St Patrick’s Church in Crossmaglen has bid successfully for a funding grant from the London-based Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund

St Patrick’s is one of over 500 officially listed historical buildings which will share in grants available from a Government fund of £30 million  which invited applications in January 2015

In January, Fr McKeever said, we submitted a comprehensive application assisted by our parish architect and supported by Archbishop Martin and I was informed by letter at the weekend that we had been successful and that we are to be awarded up to £92,000  (with conditions attached of course).

The fund administering these grants is called the National Heritage Memorial Fund (also London-based ) and the successful applicants come from across England, Scotland, Wales and the North. They award grants to listed places of worship only mainly to ensure that they are maintained “weathertight, safe and open for use.”

St Patrick’s is an officially listed building first opened in 1835 with  its 180 year old original highly vaulted roof still in situe. The roof is not insulated and some leaks and potential leaks were discovered at Christmas past.

Fr McKeever, in welcoming the grant, stressed that parisihioers should not be complacent as the grant awarded represents  only about a quarter of a possible financial outlay at St Patrick’s in an ambitious project being looked at for commencement  later this year. He hopes it  will go out to tender before the summer. The parish Finance committee are carefully monitoring progress towards this project which has applied for the required diocesan approval soon.