Cathedral Restoration

Cathedral Restoration

Notice included in the Parish Newsletter on December 21/22 2019

Over the past few weeks, we have commenced the fundraising for the Cathedral restoration.  We are pleased with our progress at this early stage and are extremely grateful for parishioners’ positive response and especially their generosity.

There are many ways to fundraise – from organising events to holding second collections at weekend Masses.  Given the significance of the project and the financial goal, we are ensuring a personal approach which is the most effective for an initiative of this scale.  Father Pat and Father Seán are meeting with as many parishioners as possible on a one-to-one basis.  This allows the opportunity to ask questions and gives the space to make a decision that is right for each family.  As you can appreciate, this takes time and we intend to continue into the 2020.

All giving is voluntary.  Our hope is that when you are contacted, please be open to learning more about the restoration and considering how you can support this special work.

In the meantime, please pray for our continued success and remember previous generations who enabled us to have this sacred place of worship.


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east window

Conservation and Restoration Project on the O Connor East Window in the Cathedral of the Assumption Tuam (Photo: Daithí Quinn)

The East Window was created in 1832 and is the work of Michael O Connor of Dame Street Dublin.  It is one of the finest examples of pre-famine stained glass in Ireland.  Between March and August 2019 all panels of the window underwent full repair and conservation.   This repair was deemed necessary as some of the stained glass pieces had begun to fall to the ground and there was significant water ingress through the window and tracery during recent winters. The pointing in the limestone tracery of the window and the surrounding gable wall was completely raked out and replaced with lime-based pointing as part of the restoration process.