Cultural Centre Project

About The Project

Kilkishen Development Association, chaired by Mike Hogan, undertook this project to restore the Kilkishen Church of Ireland building and develop the building into a Cultural/Heritage Centre for use by all the community and visitors to the area.


Protestant Church Kilkishen pre development

Protestant Church Kilkishen pre development by John Power

Brief History
The church was erected in 1811 as a place of worship for the local Church of Ireland Community. It was funded by a grant of £800 from the Board of First Fruits. The church closed in 1964 and it remained vacant and in a state disrepair until it was purchased by Kilkishen Development in 2013 from the Church of Ireland Representative Body.  The Church of Ireland Representative Body have retained ownership of the surrounding burial grounds while Kilkishen Development has assumed the responsibility for the maintenance of these grounds.



Project Progress

Initially a planning team was put in place to develop this project. A Feasibility Study of the building was carried out by Stanford Architects Ltd. with the help of a LEADER grant and plans were drawn up.

Following on from this feasibility study applications were lodged for planning permission & grant aid.  The project was put out to Tender & the successful contractor was Taaffe Construction Limited of Murroe, Co. Limerick.    With everything in place, restoration work was able to begin onsite in March 2013.  The sod was turned by Pat Breen T.D. on March 11th 2013.

The official turning of the sod


Below are updates on the construction as it happened.

May 2013 update:

Construction work began before the end of March with the removal of the slates from the roof.  The slates were removed under the supervision of the Parks & Wildlife ranger to ensure that any resident bats could be relocated safely to the temporary nesting boxes located in the trees on-site.

200 yr old roof timbers in good condition

200 yr old roof timbers in good condition

July 2013 update:

Work is well underway in the Cultural Centre.  The roof is almost completed with the original slates back in place.  Approximately twelve percent that were broken have been replaced by similar “Killaloe” slates which Taaffe Construction purchased at a salvage yard.  Unfortunately they are a slightly lighter colour because they were not as weathered as the original slates that were on the roof, but they will blend in over time.  Three inches of specialist condensed insulation has been installed under the slates.

We were lucky with the condition of the original 200 year old roof timbers, only one rafter had to be replaced.  All other timbers were in good condition.  The existing rafters (traditional church style) will be a feature of the internal of the new centre.

Work on replastering the internal walls with lime plaster has also commenced.  The sub floors are poured, the steel work and floor joists for the mezzanine training room is almost complete.

The extension to the building has been constructed.  The first fixing for the electrical installation is complete in the extension and progress on the extension roof will be worked on over the next two weeks. The ESB and Telecom services are ordered, the road cutting licence for Telecom and the Pedestrian Crossing has been applied for.

August 2013 update:

Flags flying high for Clare

Flags flying high for Clare

Work on the roof is now complete, well insulated and secret gutters have been installed.  The lime plastering is complete on the internal walls of the building.  The mezanine floor has been installed and the partitioning of the same is also completed.  The creation of three floors within the tower to accommodate the bats and facilitate the installation of services are also completed.  The roof has now been completed on the extension.  The opening to the extension is complete and a cut stone lintel has been put in place to facilitate this.  The under floor heating has been installed.  Pointing of the tower has commenced

Clare and Mills GAA flags have been erected on the tower scaffolding


January 2014 update: 

At this stage the completion of the Restoration project is in sight.

The roof and insulation is complete and the painting of the ceiling and the staining of  the rafters are in progress.  The under floor heating system and the radiators in the upstairs training room is complete.  The mezzanine floor is complete although the sliding door is yet to be fitted.  The final coat of lime mortar is due to be completed in the next two weeks.  The main structure of the extension including the roof has been completed.  The electrical first and second fixing is almost complete.  The tower has been re-pointed and a new roof and internal floors are complete.  Work has commenced on the external boundary wall and paths.  Two new ESB poles now replace the one pole adjacent to the gate.  The new windows and external doors are fitted.  Weather permitting; we should see the project come close to completion within the next six weeks.

Unfortunately Ireland suffered severe storms during January & February 2014 which lead to significant delays in the connection of the electricity and this had a knock on impact on progress on our project. 

April 2014 update:

The external limestone cladding is currently being installed on the extension.  Doors & windows have been installed throughout the building.  The electricity supply has been connected and this has allowed us to commission the heating system.    Second fix electric work has been completed.  The internal walls and floors of the extension are now ready for painting to begin.  The interal doors have now been fitted.  Work has begun on the completion of the ground works with the installation of paths & kerbs.

0023 Cultural Centre Kilkishen from village side

May 2014 update:

The installation of the external limestone cladding on the extension was completed.  The internal walls and floors of the extension were painted.  The ground works including the installation of paths & kerbs has been completed and the grounds have been landscaped.  Internally, the kitchenette & bathrooms have been completed fitted out.

The restoration of the existing building has been completed.  The internal walls were painted and wooden wainscotting has been installed on the lower section of the internal walls.  Timber flooring has been laid throughout the existing building and also in the Mezzanine Level.  The external stonework was cleaned and sealed to prevent dampness entering the building.

Open Day May 11th

Sunday May 11th 2014 day was a landmark day for the the project as it was finally possible to open the doors to the public and hundreds of people from Kilkishen and surrounding areas were given the opportunity to visit the new centre.  The feedback was unanimously positive and everyone was very happy to see the results of the 13 month month construction project.

SMB Folk Group play at the Viewing Day of the Cultural Centre

SMB Folk Group play at the Viewing Day of the Cultural Centre

Cultural Centre Successful Events.  —  June 2014 

Following the completion of the Cultural Centre in the past month, a number of events were run since mid-May. Two concerts, an over 50’s Exercise Session, 2 Education Classes and a Fun Science class have all taken place in the centre. The events have been very successful in getting good attendance and the feedback has been very positive. The Centre is now open for viewing, Monday to Friday from 11 am to 1 pm and all are welcome to drop in. A full programme of events is now being prepared for the autumn programme and the committee are now taking bookings from Organisations and individuals wishing to use the Centre for concerts, community activities and meetings for the autumn and winter seasons. For bookings contact Mike Hogan, 086-2314685 or Olivia King, 086-8680593.

Fundraising & How You Can Help

This project has been part-funded by the LEADER programme, through the National Development Plan and by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

Funding logos


The community needed to fundraise for the balance of the cost of the project.  A fundraising committee, under the chairmanship of Patsy Neville and reporting to the Development Association, was set up to source this local funding in April 2011.  This committee put a plan in place to raise the necessary funds and this plan was launched in August 2011.  The committee raised approximately €150,000.

There is still an opportunity to support the ongoing fundraising activities by going to or if you just want to make a donation click the link below


To find out more about this project, to see the proposed floor plans, or to learn how you could help fund this project you can view the Kilkishen Church of Ireland Restoration Project August 2011 Newsletter pdf.

How to find us

Church Restoration Gallery

Thanks to John Power for the latest photos below………..   Rebuild of the stone work at the top of the tower         Kilkishen COI Restoration, new extension commences

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How to Donate

With your help we can bring this project to fruition for current and future generations, so please support our ongoing financial activities. If you would like to donate to this project, you can click the following button  

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Lord and Lady of Kilkishen

Update (October 22nd): On Saturday night last, the Grand Finale of the Lord & Lady of Kilkishen competition took place in the village.  The event commenced with a parade of the candidates through the village led by a lone piper to the courtyard adjacent to Jack’s Place which had been specially decorated for the occasion.  …

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Monthly Draw 2011-2012 Winners Archive

  Congratulations to the winners of our September 2012 draw which took place in the Blacksticks on Sep 29th & the results are as follows: €1000 – Michael McNamara, Jamaica Inn, Sixmilebridge €100 – John Cotter, Enagh, Kilkishen €50 – Margaret Begley, Greystones, Limerick As this was the last draw in the series, we would like …

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