Progress on the Project

The Conservation and Restoration Project started in May 2014. Howley Hayes Architects were commissioned to produce a report about Saint Bartholomew’s Church showing the conservation and restoration required to address the problems of water damage which led to the degradation of some of the finest decoration in the sanctuary and the two transepts.

Howley Hayes Architects produced a detailed report outlining the action to be taken and quantifying the cost.  The initial cost of the project suggested that the church could be conserved entirely at a cost of €1,000,000.  Unfortunately due to unforeseen but vital repairs to the masonry and the windows, we are now looking at a project cost of €2,000,000.

As you can see here in the photograph, the sanctuary of the church has been completed on the outside of the church.  Conservation & restoration have restored the chancel to the splendour you see here.  The windows have been isothermally glazed by Stefan Oidtmann of Germany, who has done a magnificent job in conserving our beautiful stained glass windows.

Phases 1, 2 and 3 have been completed which include the sanctuary, the south and north transepts, the south nave and both the porches.

South & North Transepts


South Porch, South Nave & West end of South Transept

Phase 4, the organ room and the lower half of the turret, has been completed.  Photographs to follow!

The vestry is currently being restored.  The scaffolding will be removed before Christmas, but this phase will not be completed until January 2017.

The Vestry


The tower is going to cost a minimum of €450,000 to restore.  We hope with your help to raise this money in 2017.

The Tower

There is much to be cleaned and restored inside the church.  Below are some examples of the damage that was caused by water ingress over the years.  We will be moving inside the church to plan the cleaning and restoration of the sanctuary.  The target date for this area is June 2017.


Below are some photographs of the details revealed by the expert preservation and cleaning of the stained glass windows:

There is a board at the back of the church showing photographs of all the work that has been completed so far.

If you would like to contribute to the project there are a number of ways:

  • Online donations can be made through in any currency you choose.
  • By cheque. There are envelopes available at the back of the church addressed to the Hon Treasurer for this purpose.

If you give a donation of €250+ we can derive extra benefit due to the current Charities Legislation which allows us to reclaim tax at 31%.  The Form CHY4 is available online from

If you require any further information about the project please contact Barbara Bergin by email at