In 2017 the plan is to have active fundraising to try to reach the target of €150,000 in order re-slate the outer roof. €20,000 raised to date.The Friends group continue to welcome all financial help to maintain and repair this important and historic building.
Saturday 13 May, 2017 at 11.00am
All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.
Seamus Roe (Vice-President of Louth Archaelogical and Historical Society)
1. Dr Christine Casey, Associate Professor of Architectural History, Trinity College Dublin
Christine will speak about the architecture of the building
2. John Rountree, Chairman of Friends of Collon Church CLG
John will describe the fundraising so far.
3. Mairead McGuinness, MEP, Vice-President of European Parliament
Mairead will formally launch a major public fundraising appeal to save the building
Collon Church, an elegant structure of hewn limestone, in the ancient style of English architecture was built in 1813. It is a prominent landmark building that dominates the southern approach to the village of Collon.
Commissioned by "Speaker" John Foster (1740-1828) of Collon House, and designed by the talented amateur architect, the Reverend Daniel Augustus Beaufort (1739-1821), the church is in the Perpendicular Gothic style and appears to have been modelled on the chapel of King's College, Cambridge. NIAH Building of the Month April 2015
A Fundraising Garden Party will be held at Collon House, on Saturday 17th June 2017 2 - 5pm.
Recent Visit of Father Nikolay to Russian Orthodox graves. One headstone commemorates Nikolai Ivanovich Couriss (1896-1977) and a second his wife Ksenia Nikolaevna Couriss (née Bibikova) (1895-1966) who is reputed to have been a lady-in-waiting to the last Czarina.
Collon Church is an eccentric and engaging building. We happen to know a great deal about the church whether by studying the building on its own; studying the buildings associated with it; or studying the large amount of surviving original documents relating to it. The church is a continuously evolving archive that allows one to construct a living history of life in Collon, County Louth and Ireland in general in the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It is hoped that those entrusted with Collon Church will secure its future for the benefit and enjoyment of generations to come.
John Rountree is a local historian from outside Ardee, County Louth