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Restoration - Innishannon Church Tower, County Cork

Building conservation Cork
Linehan Construction building conservation
church tower under construction
Church tower restoration
Stone conservation
Innishannon stone conservation
Restored conservation tower cork
Innishannon church tower
Cork conservation
St Mary’s Church Tower Innishannon
Innishannon tower
Linehan Construction conservation
Friends of Innishannon
Restored Innishannon Church Tower
Innishanon church Tower restored
Building conservation Cork
Linehan Construction building conservation
church tower under construction
Church tower restoration
Stone conservation
Innishannon stone conservation
Restored conservation tower cork
Innishannon church tower
Cork conservation
St Mary’s Church Tower Innishannon
Innishannon tower
Linehan Construction conservation
Friends of Innishannon
Restored Innishannon Church Tower
Innishanon church Tower restored

Project Background

The Innishannon church tower stands on the banks of the River Bandon in the historic ruins of St. Mary's Church. In earlier times records show that it had Cistercian links. From the middle of the 16th. century the church served as the Church of Ireland up to 1856 when the new Christ Church was built at the western end of the village. Linehans Construction were awarded the contract by Cork County Council to renovate and conserve this historic Tower.

Materials and construction methods used

The 22-metre church tower was renovated in an effort to conserve the building and its history having fallen into serious disrepair. Linehans Construction rebuilt and restored the remaining stonework using traditional hydraulic lime mortar and rebuilding using existing masonry. The project involved drilling 250 holes in the tower for the pumping in of internal grouting and stainless steel pins. Conservation lime and sharp sand were among the materials used, the stonework was entirely re-pointed and part of a rear section wall rebuilt.

St Mary’s Church tower was officially handed over by Cork County Council to the care of the local Tidy Towns committee on 21st November 2013. In attendance were Alice Taylor, renovation committee PRO, and Kevin Murphy, MCC, with members of Friends of Innishannon, Cork County Council, Innishannon Tidy Towns and the local historical society. Read the full article published in the Southern Star.

Building Conservation

We liaise with conservation officers, An Taisce, conservation architects, archeologists and historians to ensure that each project is completed to the most sympathetic and exacting standard. We use traditional materials such as hydraulic lime mortar and render and source appropriate architectural fittings such as staircases, railings, doors, windows to ensure the preservation of the historic and architectural fabric of the building.