Talk on Roscrea's St. Cronan's Church Tower repairs

Slide Show evening recalls restoration of 206-year-old Church of Ireland

Talk on Roscrea's St. Cronan's Church Tower repairs

At a recent slideshow and talk regarding the restoration of the 206 year old tower of St. Cronan's Church of Ireland, Mr. Henry Thompson, Conservation Builder, outlined the work carried out last autumn.

This work involved the sealing of the tower roof to ensure it is watertight, the removal of the 4 pinnacles for cleaning and repair, and the removal and replacement of all pointing between the stonework. The mortar used to re-point the stonework will prevent moisture from becoming trapped within the stonework which is part of the problem of the deterioration of the tower. Some of the replacement stones have been sourced locally and more have come from Co. Donegal. Several carved stones on the face of the tower are believed to be from the 12th century west gable at the pedestrian entrance to the church. Mr. Thompson showed before and after slides which illustrated the intricate and painstaking nature of the work.

A rather uncommon feature of the tower are the louvre windows which are made of stone rather than timber. There are approximately 30 stone slabs making up each of the four windows. Some of these slabs are cracked and need replacing. The remainder of the re-pointing from the tower roof to the ground will also need to be carried out. Hopefully some of the work can be realised this year.