The allocation of €16,000 to St Finian’s Church, Glebe, Lucan, will be used to preserve and maintain the historic structure, a Dublin Mid-West TD has said. Local Fine Gael TD, Deputy Emer Higgins has welcomed the funding which has been allocated under the Community Monuments Fund. “St. Finian’s church also known as Esker Church, dates from the 11th Century and is one of the most historic sites in the local area but sadly it’s suffered from neglect and anti-social behaviour,” said Deputy Higgins.
“The monument has been adopted by the society for old Lucan and this funding will go a long way to restoring the site and protecting it for generations to come. “The money will be used to remove graffiti from the church wall and return it to its original state, to restore the Fr MacCarten memorial using the original pieces which are scattered around the site, install new gravel and provide interpretive signage so the monument and its history can be enjoyed by all.
“There is so much history in our local area and I really welcome any work that will preserve the pieces of history dotted around the community,” said Deputy Higgins. “I’m looking forward to visiting Esker Church once the restoration work has been done, to learn a bit more about this local historical site,” concluded Deputy Higgins.