WORK on the renovation of the parish church in Naas has had to be put off until 2013 – two years later than planned.
The renovation and up-grading of the Church of Our Lady and St. David, Sallins Road, has been discussed and planned for many years within the parish.
Planning permission was secured and a successful tender was identified last year. It was planned that the renovation would take place during 2011.
To facilitate this, bookings for weddings were not taken for 2011.
However, Fr Tom McDonnell PP has said: “Unfortunately, despite assurances that we were holding to the proposed programme, considerable slippage in the timing has taken place.
“We have finally been given a timing of January to August 2012 for the work. Fourteen wedding bookings have been accepted for those months and these must be honoured by the parish.
“A further seven bookings have been made for the remainder of the year.
“In the light of this it has been necessary to inform the architect that the project cannot be carried out during the suggested period.
“Accordingly, the work has had to be postponed to the period January to August 2013. This is the earliest period which is free of wedding bookings.”
Fr McDonnell added: “On behalf of the parish team and the building and finance committees, I apologise for this delay to the proposed renovation, which has occurred due to circumstances outside our control. We apologise to all who have been inconvenienced by this delay and ask for your continued patience.”
In the meantime some necessary remedial works will be carried out at the church and it is hoped that these will be completed by December 8.