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St Johns Church

  • St Johns Church

St. John’s Church is a Board of First Fruits style Church of Ireland church, with three-bay nave, projecting chancel, porch to north end and two-stage tower with castellations, pinnacles, string course. Pitched slate roof and pedimented gables. Cut limestone walls with eaves course, plinth and quoins. Stained-glass lancets and traceried tudor-arched east window with hood mouldings and sandstone surrounds. Set within its own grounds, St. John’s Church, contributes to the character of Drumshanbo. The understated Gothic Revival design, typical of Board of First Fruits churches, is of architectural significance. Decorative stained glass windows add artistic interest to the structure as do the simple stone dressings and carved grave markers.

St. John’s Heritage Group received substantial Peace III funding in 2013 to develop St. John’s Church as a facility for all the community. This involved converting the rear of the nave into a Heritage Centre focusing on local involvement in World War 1, and engaging in Peacebuilding by putting in place a programme of workshops and performances that help raise awareness of the involvement of all sides of the community in the war and of the decade of anniversaries and what this means to all the people of Ireland. This work was successfully completed & opened to the public in November 2013. There were a number of issues facing St. John’s Church which if not addressed would have affected its ability to continue to function and contribute to the community. These issues ranged from the need for elimination of water ingress which was causing the fabric of the building to rapidly deteriorate to correcting mistakes previously undertaken in the past. It was St. John’s Heritage Group desire to safeguard this important historic structure and the investment already made by Peace III by undertaking strategic upgrade works to the fabric of the structure and safeguard the building for future generations.

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