An intensive selection process to appoint the Design Team for the reconstruction of the Cathedral is nearing completion. A Press Conference will be held in mid-December to announce the successful team who will lead the design and planning phase of the restoration project.


On the restoration front there is good news. The two Harry Clarke Studios stained glass windows, the most precious in the Cathedral of old, are nearing successful restoration by Abbey Stained Glass Studios of Dublin.


The sound of the bells of St. Mel’s Cathedral has long been an integral part of the life of Longford Town. So much so, that when local band ‘Busy Fingers’, decided to launch a song to aid the restoration project, it was entitled ‘The Bells of old St Mel’s’. It has received great airplay on local radio stations and has been on sale in shops throughout the Midlands. It will be available to parishioners at the Cathedral Centre over one weekend in December – more details soon.


At the suggestion of some parishioners, it is hoped to have the sound of bells ringing out again from the Cathedral spire in the near future as a symbol of continuity and hope as we look forward to the restoration project advancing. It will not be possible to have the original bells up and running for some time so it is hoped to put a temporary electronic arrangement in place.


Due to overwhelming demand, the Christmas cards, designed by local teacher Tiernan Dolan and his students in St Mel’s College, featuring the Cathedral in snow, have completely sold out. It has been decided to order a reprint and the cards will be on sale this weekend 20/21 November. This will be the final printing, so if you want to send these cards, make sure you aren't disappointed. The cards are being sold in aid of the Cathedral Reserve Fund at five euro for a pack of six.


The Parish Review Committee is currently working away on this years’ production of our parish newspaper. It will have all the news of life in Longford over the course of the last twelve months. With the assistance of local journalists we will be producing a special supplement insert within the paper to give a comprehensive overview of the year gone by in relation to the reconstruction of the Cathedral.

Source : http://www.longfordparish.com

St Mel's Cathedral from the air.