Parish’s plans dealt “tremendous blow” by flood plain ruling

A Church of Ireland parish’s plan to either restore or replace a parish hall destroyed by flooding two years ago is in jeopardy following a decision by a government department.

St Canice’s Parish Church and its nearby hall were among the many homes and premises damaged after local rivers burst their banks following heavy rainfall in August 2017. The church was reopened in June last year, after being closed for almost a year for repairs. The Select Vestry was planning to sell a 4.5–acre field to help pay for the development of the hall.

Last month, however, Department for Infrastructure officials informed…

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