Building and restoration

Cathedral from graveyardOne of three churches in the Union of Kilalla (since 2004), in recent years the cathedral has been lovingly tended by a small number of loyal parishioners who have fought an uphill battle to maintain fabric and grounds. Extensive restoration of nave and chancel walls and windows was carried out in the early 1990s. In 2005, the cathedral select vestry appointed a restoration and maintenance subcommittee to deal with the urgent need for further restoration. This group has now been augmented by members of Friends of Killala Cathedral as it faces the challenge of the next phases of fabric restoration aimed at dealing with the dampness which is destroying the walls. The Friends will be involved in fund raising efforts to meet the six-figure cost of re-pointing and re-rendering exterior walls and installing a new heating system to control humidity in the building. See building pictures in the photo gallery.

Volunteer gardeners are needed to help with the planting of the Killala Cathedral graveyard's new garden of remembrance (the lower and street-front areas) next autumn. This project is being overseen by a conservation landscape architect and the planting will be done according to his plans as portrayed in professional drawings commissioned by the restoration committee. These drawings will be up on this website soon. If you would be interested in contributing a pair of hands and some time and energy (however small) to this creative project which will turn the graveyard into a place of beauty to help draw people closer to God, please contact us.
See graveyard pictures in the photo gallery.

The Telford organ soundboard will be rebuilt by organ builder and conservator Stephen Adams between Easter and June of this year. We are grateful to the Marshall Beresford Fund for assisting us with this essential work on our rare and valuable organ. See organ pictures in the photo gallery.

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