Re: Re: reorganisation and destruction of irish catholic churches
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You keep hoping this was not arson, but – even if it wasn’t – can the diocese be uncensuerd because of what appears to have been criminal neglect of even elementary precautions (e.g. a smoke alarm, for God’s sake – literally!)? Where were An Taisce and the Heritage Dept? Did nobody in Longford even care about this building?
This building like so many of the finer ecclesiastical buildings have been inherited from an age where building materials were different, fire seperation an alien concept and finishes untreated with fire retardant. You can’t apply modern building principles to old buildings outside state control.
This put simply is a very tragic accident; wait and see the locals will rally around the County’s most loved building and the Cathedral will be restored to its former glory; even possibly restored to its pre V2 condition.