The Church in Coolagown is over 150 years old and over the past few weeks has been undergoing extensive repairs.
Damage was caused by Storm Ophelia and the building, which is in the Castlelyons parish, simply deteriorated with old age.
Apart from some repairs in the 80’s, it has always been in good condition.
The church is very dear to the local community in the award-winning Tidy Towns village of Coolagown and is a focal point in the village and much admired by visitors.
Funds are now required to help defray the costs of the repairs to this piece of local heritage and Coolagown Development Group and Kilmagner NS Parents Association have joined forces to organise some fund-raising projects.
Details of the projects will be advertised in The Avondhu, on Facebook (Coolagown Community) and by flyers to houses in the area.
In 1964 in New York, a committee, comprised mainly of emigrants from the Fermoy area, decided that a suitable memorial should be erected to the Kents of Bawnard.
After consulting with the local clergy it was agreed that the most fitting memorial would be a set of Stations of The Cross for the church where they worshipped.
They were officially handed over at a ceremony at Coolagown church in 1964 on Sunday, May 3rd, to the late Fr Thomas Fitzgerald, by Richard Smyth, a member of the New York committee who travelled over especially for the occasion.
The Stations of the Cross have remained a very attractive feature of the church interior.