New bell tower permission granted

Roscommon Co Co has granted conditional planning permission for the erection of a new Bell Tower for St Joseph’s Church in Boyle.

The Pastoral Council applied to the Local Authority to remove the existing bell tower (incorporating the original bell) and to replace it with a new bell tower.

It is intended to incorporate the original bell, which was erected in 1959, in the new development.

Permission was granted on June 20th for the development with four conditions attached.

The bell survived the 1977 fire, and a subsequent fire a number of months later when the old bell tower once again caught fire during demolition work.

During the construction of the present day St Joseph’s Church the bell was moved to a free standing area in the church grounds where it is currently located.

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