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Blessing of Ballylahan Shrine

On Friday, May 25th the recently refurbished Marian Shrine at Ballylahan was blessed and rededicated. The 55 year old shrine had fallen into disrepair but was lovingly restored in recent months. Thanks to those who built the shrine 55 years ago and those who have maintained it over the years. Many people were involved in looking after it during the last 50 + years. We owe them all a debt of gratitude.

The Shrine was refurbished by Michael Carney (Carney Monumental Sculptors, Frenchpark, Co. Roscommon) who did a very fine job. He was present on the evening. After the blessing all retired for refreshments provided in the Copper Beech.

Please Donate to our Church Conservation Project

Please donate to our Church Conservation Project.

We urgently need funds to complete our Church Conservation Project. The project aims to restore the Church to its original condition, as when completed in 1916. Replacement of lead under the roof barges, repointing of external stonework as well as dealing with an extensive outbreak of dry rot have necessitated significant repair / conservation work to be undertaken. This work is currently mid-way through completion. We are now asking Friends of Straide Parish throughout the world to help with this project by donating to our Conservation Fund. Every donation, no matter how small, will help.

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