Thursday 22 August 2019

'Become a part of the living history of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral' - online appeal for €4m roof repairs

Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin
Saint Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin
Kathy Armstrong

Kathy Armstrong

AN ONLINE fundraiser has been launched to raise €4 million for major repair works at Saint Patrick's Cathedral.

The 'Sponsor A Slate' appeal is asking the public to become "part of the living history" of the landmark Dublin building by donating towards restoration works of the roof.

The building, which attracts more than 600,000 visitors annually, is 828 years old and the team behind the appeal say "the high roof replacement will be the most significant conservation project undertaken by the Cathedral since the Guinness restoration 150 years ago, during which Sir Benjamin Lee Guinness funded a full-scale restoration of the building."

They said in a statement on their website: "The Cathedral’s roof is in urgent need of repair. We need to raise €9 million to facilitate this work.

"Can you help us? You can become a part of the living history of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral by sponsoring a slate for the roof.

"This year we are launching a large-scale conservation programme to secure the future of the building by addressing major concerns about the roof.

"The Cathedral will remain open for worship and visitors throughout the conservation project.

"This will be one of the biggest conservation projects undertaken in Ireland and is estimated to cost €9 million.

"The Cathedral has already raised €5 million and is appealing to the public to become involved in this exciting chapter in the Cathedral’s history by sponsoring the project."

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There are three categories for donors listed online, which have different benefits depending on how much you give.

Bronze €50 - sponsor quarter of a slate and receive:

  •  A mention on the weekly sponsors post on Saint Patrick's Cathedral social media.

Silver €250 - sponsor a slate for the roof and receive:

  • A mention on the weekly sponsors post on Saint Patrick's Cathedral social media.
  • A name in the "book of thanks", which is displayed in the Cathedral.
  • A Certificate of thanks.

Gold €1000+ - become a 'keystone' of the roof works:

  • Anyone interested in becoming a gold donor s urged to contact the Cathedral's Administrator, Gavan Woods.

For more information or to donate, please visit https://www.stpatrickscathedral.ie/support-us/

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