Re: Re: reorganisation and destruction of irish catholic churches
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Prax: I have to share your sentiment; I’m surprised there wasn’t a Wurlitzer (or equivalent) organ in full technicolor rising through the floor. There should be no objection to ‘secular’ (non-liturgical) concert performance in churches, but there should always be a ‘sacred’ theme and the avoidance of the tacky.
The sanctuary looks both a mess and just plain dull; how much were the parishioners of Dungannon fleeced for this? At least the magnificent reredos was retained and the rest is reversible (at a price of course).
They have hacked the reredos though – the central tower now seems to be floating somehow in some of the photos. The Altar rails and part of the original pulpit were also still in place, prior to the current situation.
As an aside, some Irish cathedrals and churches do have Wurlitzer style organs, albeit minus the technicolor and they do not rise out of the floor. Derry, Mullingar and Tuam Cathedrals all have Compton unit organs, very closely related to the Wurlitzer. All you need to do is crank up the tremulants and you wouldn’t know the difference! (now who would ever do that 😉 )