Plan to upskill locals for Cathedral works

Plans are well under way in Longford town to establish a new course which will equip local people with the necessary conservation skills to restore St Mel’s Cathedral.

Plans are well under way in Longford town to establish a new course which will equip local people with the necessary conservation skills to restore St Mel’s Cathedral.

St Mel’s Cathedral Project Committee has already entered into discussions with County Longford Enterprise Board and Longford Community Resources Ltd (LCRL) with a view to developing the course criteria and negotiating funding. It is expected that the course will be up and running in a few months’ time.

Speaking to the Leader this week, Seamus Butler said that the skills required included stone work and plastering specific to the “fabric of the Cathedral”.

“The committee has been in discussion with County Longford Enterprise Board and Longford Community Resources Ltd about setting up a course that will equip local people with conservation skills to restore the Cathedral,” said Mr Butler.

Mr Butler also said that the course structure was progressing at this stage and would be delivered locally. “We would hope that the course will provide us with a cohort of people who will have the skills that we need to restore the fabric of St Mel’s Cathedral. While we have the skills of design team, the skills required now are very specific to the restoration of the fabric of the building. Stone work, plastering and skills like those will be required. St Mel’s is a diocesan Cathedral and it is also a church. It is an integral part of the community and so it would it would be great to see people from the community that it serves, working on its restoration.”

More details are expected about the course in the coming weeks.