1.8m euro revamp of St. Anne's Church set to be unveiled
Wednesday September 19 /2007 Fingal Independent
A €1.8 million revamp of St. Anne?s Church in Portmarnock will be unveiled this weekend by the Archbishop of Dublin, Dr Diarmuid Martin.
According to Chairperson of the Parish Council, Dermot Kelly, all that remains of the old church is the four walls.
A new high altar, central aisle and U-shaped seating are all spectacular features of the newly refurbished church building.
Also included in the new building is a nod to the past with the restoration of stained-glass windows from the old Tin Church that once occupied the site.
The windows have been lovingly restored and take pride of place in the church's facelift.
The money for the refurbishment works came from a combination of local fund-raising and funds from parish and diocesan coffers.
It will be a proud day for Fr. Michael Comer, the parish priest as well as the Parish Pastoral Council and the whole church community when the archbishop rededicates the church on September 22nd.
A congregation of around 600 to 700 parishioners are expected to turn out for the ceremony at 6.30pm which marks the first day in a new chapter in the life of the church.
Initially it was only planned to repair the roof of the church but after consultation with the parishioners, the parish opted for a total revamp which has finally come to fruition after months of hard work.