From 1 December 2017 – 6 January 2018, St Patrick’s Cathedral will stage a spectacular Christmas Tree Festival in the cathedral as a fundraiser towards replacing the nave roof – which survived remarkably well despite the efforts of Ophelia and Brian in recent weeks! The roof, which is in urgent need of attention, was last replaced in the famous Guinness restoration of the 1860s – so it has served the Cathedral well for over 140 years! However this replacement required now is a major project which will cost in the region of at least €5.5 million, of which around €2 million is in place for a planned start in October 2018.
This initiative is totally essential if the vital work of Saint Patrick’s is to continue – keeping the doors open for generations to come as worshipper, and tourist alike, and for the Cathedral to remain as a much sought-after venue for events within the arts – a place which attracts, interests, informs and inspires.
The Christmas Tree Festival will be open from Friday 1 December 2017 until Saturday 6 January 2018. The Cathedral is inviting local businesses, organisations, places of education and individuals to be part of the process to restore this beautiful building. Trees and decorative wreathes can be sponsored and imaginatively decorated to make a festive statement of your role and contribution to the community. And the proceeds help to realise a major restoration of one of the area’s most historic buildings.
Christmas trees and wreaths are available for sponsorship. A link to what this entails and their cost can be accessed here>> Sponsorship Package Options or Christmas Tree Brochure. Further information about CTF 2017, including enquiries about sponsoring a Christmas tree, or hanging wreath, is available also from Elizabeth Lowrie on 01-453 9472 or 086-8104910.
St Patrick’s Cathedral will have three Christmas Festival Family Nights from 20th – 22nd December 2017 – free admission and open for all following Evensong until 21.00hrs.
Please do come and visit the Christmas Tree Festival and see the Cathedral in all its splendour!