St Aidan’s Cathedral in Enniscorthy to close for refurbishment works

St Aidan's Cathedral in Enniscorthy.

Brendan KeaneEnniscorthy Guardian

ST Aidan's Cathedral in Enniscorthy is to close for a short period of time, in the coming weeks, to facilitate upgrade works to take place.

One of the parish administrators in the cathedral, Fr Tom Dalton, said the work is likely to take a couple of weeks to complete and for the duration of that the church will be closed to the public.

Outlining the nature of the works, Fr Dalton said the cathedral is fitted with halogen bulbs and they are all being replaced with more cost-efficient, LED versions.

However, the halogen fittings are not compatible with LEDs so they have to be changed too.

"It means we have to change all the fittings and it's just more cost-efficient and it makes sense to just close the building for a couple of weeks," said Fr Dalton.

While the exact date when the work will begin has not yet been finalised, he said it will "likely be towards the end of the month".

When the cathedral closes, masses will be celebrated in St Mary's Church, which is a Church of Ireland place of worship in the town.

Fr Dalton said St Aidan's parish is very appreciative of the gesture from St Mary's and highlighted how there has always been close links between the churches.

"While the cathedral is closed all our masses will be celebrated in St Mary's," he said.