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Our architectural heritage is one of the most tangible aspects of our heritage. By conserving our historic buildings we help to preserve them for future generations to enjoy as part of their heritage, just as we do now.

St. Georges Church, Kenagh, Co. Longford

St. George’s Church of Ireland Church is situated south of the picturesque village of Kenagh, Co. Longford, it was completed in the Gothic Revival style in 1832.

The church is a largely a single-cell church with shallow projections on each elevation adding to its architectural effect, it is on an almost north-south axis with a three-stage tower on a square-plan to the north, which is unusual but has been designed so that its west elevation provides the principal highlight facing the adjoining road. The church serves a small Church of Ireland community and is one of a small number of buildings of considerable architectural interest in the area. The project consisted of the re-slating of the east pitch of the nave roof. The west pitch was re-slated the previous year, so the entire nave roof is now in good condition and will extend the life of the church.

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Conservation Works

The existing local slates were carefully removed and stacked on the scaffolding. The roof timbers were generally in reasonable condition except for four rafters, which which were replaced with pressure impregnated timbers. The roofs were felted and battened with pressure impregnated battens. New holes were drilled in the sound slates and they were re-laid using copper nails with matching slates sourced by the contractor to make up for losses. Flashings, lead soakers etc. were replaced with new lead. The barge stones were lifted a damp proof course was laid beneath them and they were re-bedded and pointed. The existing hewn sandstone ridge stones were also lifted and re-bedded.

This project received grant-aid of €15,000 under the Heritage Management Scheme in 2011.