Church of the Rath Killeshandra County Cavan
Killeshandra Tidy Towns Committee applied to adopt the historic church at the centre of Killeshandra known as Church of the Rath Co Cavan. It is from this church that the town takes its name. The Church of the Rath is a wonderfully atmospheric graveyard that has ancient origins. The church is one of the few Jacobean style churches remaining in Ireland and has national architectural importance.
The Adopt a Monument Scheme has been working with the community, to secure funds for specialist advice for architectural conservation works to ensure the long-term preservation of the monument as the roof of the church is in a very fragile condition. Funding was secured in 2016 to produce a plan for the long term conservation of the roof of the church which is suffering from water damage. The group will be applying to LEADER in 2017 to secure funds to build a protective roof over the existing structure in conjunction with a qualified conservation architect.
The Adopt a Monument team along with the community group held a successful information and storytelling evening, where people from all around the locality came to share their stories and discuss the future of the monument. Training has also been delivered to the group who have identified a potential tourism trail which could be developed through the town. The group organised a very successful Heritage Week event in August 2016 when over 600 people visited the graveyard over the weekend to hear about the history of the site and come face to face with occupants of the graveyard risen from the dead.