Louth County Council have confirmed that they are closing in on the purchase of the Dominican Church in Drogheda, with the intention of using it as a public building.
Chief Executive of Louth County Council Joan Martin confirmed the news at Monday’s September meeting of Louth County Council, telling councillors that talks are at an advanced stage with the Dominican Order in the town to finalise the purchase of the building on Dominic Street.
“An opportunity arose in Drogheda,” Ms Martin said. “It is right beside the Westgate Vision area. It is a very large building, in very good condition. It would be intention to use it as council services. We’re looking at various options.
Ms Martin said the church, and the adjacent former priests house will be bought by the local authority with a view to using it as housing or as a library. The purchase of the church and the building adjacent are capital acquisitions.
Mayor of Drogheda Kevin Callan has said it is a fantastic day for Drogheda with Chief Executive Joan Martin confirming the Council is in talks with the Dominican Order to acquire the Church and the Residential building beside it for use as public buildings.
“Having raised this matter with the Chief Executive a number of months ago I am very happy to see progress has been made,” Mayor Kevin Callan said after the meeting.
“This will be a fantastic save in terms of protecting one of our treasured building and with the sad loss of the Dominican Order from Drogheda we will take on the care and upkeep of this beautiful and historic building like the Franciscan Church.”
Cllr Callan said he was contacted a number of months ago by parishioners who asked if something similar to what was arranged with the a Franciscan order could be looked at.
“I was keen to see this building kept for the people of Drogheda as it holds such an important part in our history. I thank the chief executive for her efforts and to the Dominican Order for working with the Council to make that happen,” he added.
Fianna Fáil councillor James Byrne welcomed the news. “As a former alter server, I would often lament it’s passing. Delighted to hear the news.