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Repair work on second spire of Sacred Heart Church

Reburbishment work on the Sacred Heart Church can now continue after a funding boost.

A MAJOR scheme to repair stonework at the smaller of the two iconic spires on the Sacred Heart Church in Omagh is set to begin shortly after Easter.

The work on the taller of the two spires was completed at the end of 2015 and parishioners have raised around £400,000 to help with the costs of the refurbishment.

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It is estimated that the total project will require around £1 million to complete, but has been deemed necessary to enhance both the safety and appearance of the spires.

Parish Priest, Monsignor Joseph Donnelly said the work on the second spire was unlikely to take as long as with the first one. However, he added that some restrictions would be put in place regarding access to the church, which was built in 1899.

These will include the closing off of the left hand side entrance to the church due to the erection of scaffolding.

The left hand door of the church will also be closed for the duration of the project.

A step into the church at the main front door is also being removed in a scheme likely to take around two weeks to finish.

Access up and down the right hand side of the church will be unhindered.

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