A service of Rededication and Thanksgiving will be held on Sunday 5th August at 7.00pm in Holy Trinity, Errislannan, Connemara. The church was maliciously damaged last October and work is nearing completion to restore it to its former glory.
The service will bring together members of the local Church of Ireland Omey parish, and the Friends of St Flannan’s who have worked tirelessly to restore the church. Incredible support from across the whole country means that this sacred place is once again able to provide a treasured place of tranquility on this peninsula on the western seaboard. The address will be given by the Church of Ireland Bishop of Tuam, Killala and Achonry, the Rt Revd Patrick Rooke, and the Catholic Archbishop of Tuam, the Most Revd Michael Neary will respond.
The East end of Christ Church scaffolded ready for the roof work on the chancel, and the amazing work being undertaken to clear the graveyard ready for Phase 2 of the Bio-diversity plan.
Planting and attractive seats will soon be in place offer a space for quiet reflection and tranquility in this sacred spot.
‘The outpouring of support for the Church community in Errislannan following the vandalism at Holy Trinity church has been quite incredible’ says Canon Stan Evans – Priest in Charge of the Omey Group of parishes. ‘Small donations from pensioners, to whole congregations raising funds across the country of all denominations which have lifted our hearts. We thank everyone for their support.
The church will be totally restored ready for the summer services and without doubt there will be large numbers of people who will wish to view the restoration.
One very special visitor this week was President Michael D Higgins and Mrs Sabina Higgins who travelled to offer their support to the small church working group and Canon Stan. President Michael applauded the Errislannan people for the way they had shown such compassion following such a devastating event.