Re: Re: reorganisation and destruction of irish catholic churches

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St. Colman’s Cathedral, Cobh, Co. Cork

Praxiteles has been busy reding through the enormous bundle of material jack-hammared from the public service on the present condition of Cobh Cathedral. The exercise has been useful: it has confirmed waht the FOSCC has been saying for at least three years (Cobh Cathedral is in serious decay and needs immeidate attention); and that the building is in the hands of ignorant incompetent people who have no realization of the importance of the building of which they are supposed to be stewards.

We now know that the cause of the collapse of the masonary from the south arcade is water ingress which is caused by the defective functioning of the exterior envelope of the building. Those defects are, in almost all cases, due to defective work carried out in the so-called restoration work of the 1990s. In fact, these restoration works -which cost Euro 4.5 million – have caused more problems with consequent decay to the fabric of the building than had occurred sine Cobh Cathedral was build between 1868 and 1919. It is unconscienable that the pointing works carried out the south facade in the 1990s have resulted in the rapid decay of the internal Bath stone. Suffiece it to say that 2 kilos of dust from the Bath stone fell into the protective nets now hanging from the south clerstory between March and September 2008.

The second major source of problems giving rise to water ingress is LAZINESS. It appears that noticeable damage has been caused to the internal fabric of the Cathedral (including some of Oppenheimer’s opus sectile shrines) due to water ingress deriving from blocked down-water goods. The idiots in charge of the place did/do not know that gutter pipes have to be cleaned at least twice a year. The result here is that wtare just streams down the walls and into the non-pointed limestone joints and eventually end as salt causing the mosaics on the walls to lift or as dust in safety nets.

A thrid problem derives from rising dampness -although not very extensive – again due to laziness because the people in charge did/do not know that a blocked drain should be freed and that the underground drains should be kept clear so as to insure that water will not lodge in the artificial platform on which the building is constructed.

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