Monday, 20 October 2014

Councillor Leyden seeks restoration of Stations of Cross


Cllr. Orla Leyden is supporting the conservation of the beautiful Stations of the Cross in St. Comanís Cemetery, Roscommon town which are presently in poor condition having weathered the elements for many years and deteriorated considerably over the harsh winters in 2009 and 2010.

  The Stations of the Cross were erected in November 1933 with the financial support of many local Roscommon families. They are made of white Italian Marble and are approximately twelve feet by four feet.

  The iconic Stations of the Cross depicting Christís Calvary are particularly beautiful pieces of art made with brightly coloured mosaic. 

They surround the perimeter of St. Comans cemetery. 

  Cllr. Orla Leyden, a local county councillor in Roscommon said that she has received representations from people with family and friends in the Cemetery about the need to have the Stations of the Cross conserved and has taken the issue up with Roscommon County Council.

  Cllr. Leyden thanked the Heritage Officer Nollaig Feeney for the interest she has shown in supporting conservation work to be carried out on the Stations of the Cross. 

  Already considerable money has been raised by the local community and Canon Eugene McLoughlin is working hard to see this work carried out without delay Cllr. Orla Leyden concluded by stating that she will continue to work with the community to see the restoration of the Stations of the Cross in St. Comanís Cemetery, she added that she would like to see the work carried out as soon as possible as there is concern about the deterioriating condition of the Stations of the Cross which are of real value to the local community.

  She said that she will support grant funding at council level with her colleagues and every other possible funding avenue for this important work to be carried out on the Stations of the Cross in St. Comanís Cemetery.

Issue dated: 13 April 2012
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