The new all-accessible entrance to St George's. Much of the labour and materials was sourced locally. (Picture: Andrew Dineen)

For the first time in its 220-year history, Saint George’s in Mitchelstown has become disability accessible. It’s another significant piece of history being made at the former church, which became an arts and heritage centre in 2019. 

The beautiful building has been undergoing a transformation over the past year, the most important being that it has a new water-tight roof.

Over the past two months, over 100 square metres of paving has been laid in front of the building, which now has disability access from the pavement on the street to the stage area inside. 

“This has been one of the most important developments we’ve undertaken to make Saint George’s accessible to all”, said Saint George’s chairman, Bill Power. “We’ve wanted to do this from the very beginning, but it was only made possible through grants from Cork County Council and the Heritage Council”. Removing the steps and paving the front to provide disability access has cost €28,000.

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