must restore St. Peter's Church. There's no simpler way
of putting it. We can't watch such an architectural gem,
and important place of worship, diminish and die. This church,
which was the target of an arson attack in May 1999 and
which has been undergoing restoration since then, has been
described as certainly among the best provincial churches
in Ireland erected during the 18th century.
Since 1752, the present church of St. Peter's
has charmed the people of Drogheda, Louth and Meath. Many
more have come to appreciate its atmosphere, music and singing,
the famous bells and the tranquility of the Close. To know
a little about this church invokes a resolve to do something
to save it.
This is an important building by any standard.
Hugh Darley, its designer, was a distinguished architect.
He used the local grey limestone cleanly and wisely. Another
renowned architect, Francis Johnson, added the gracious
spire some forty years later. The fine organ was built by
John Snetzler in 1770 and the magnificent Baroque plasterwork
was created by a brilliant stuccodore. Everywhere he went
following his great work here, he was celebrated as "The
St. Peter's Stuccodore". (Click
here for an image of the ornate plasterwork in the church.)
Any one of these accolades is enough to
cry out for restoration and preservation, but to have them
all together demands it. The Parish of St. Peter's has resolved
to undertake a complete restoration of this important part
of our National Heritage.
But restoration and preservation are not
enough. St. Peter's belongs to the whole community and to
future generations. As well as a living place of worship,
the Parish intends to make it a centre for recitals and
concerts, utilising its excellent acoustics for the benefit
YOUR HELP IS NEEDED.