Local people get a chance to see work in progress at St Thomas’s Church

David Jones, Dr Gouri, and Frank and Patrick Columb with Rev Hazel Hicks and Helen Gorman. Photo: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie
The parishioners of St Thomas’s Church, Columbkille hosted an Open Evening recently so that the local community, past parishioners and family and friends could walk around the Church and the graveyard and view the work in progress, which includes restoring or replacing the windows.

The parishioners of St Thomas’s Church, Columbkille hosted an Open Evening recently so that the local community, past parishioners and family and friends could walk around the Church and the graveyard and view the work in progress, which includes restoring or replacing the windows.

It was also an opportunity to ask questions about the Church and worship.

Over 100 people visited and with the lovely weather on the evening they were able to enjoy tea/coffee, burgers and tray bakes in the grounds while chatting to those who attend St Thomas’s.

Voluntary donations on the evening totalled €861 which will be used towards the restoration work.

Mr Frank Columb, the well-known local historian attended and presented Rev Hazel Hicks, Rector of the parish with a comprehensive history of the Church, beautifully framed. Frank was accompanied by his wife and son.

When the restoration work is completed the history will be displayed in the Church so that parishioners and visitors can learn more about St Thomas’s.

Rev Hazel and the parishioners of St Thomas’s, Columbkille thanked Frank Columb for attending the Open evening and for researching and writing the history of their Church.

They also wish to thank all who have organised and supported their fund raising events in recent years to raise money for the present work. When the restoration work is completed there will be a service of Dedication next year.