Response deadline: 19 October, 5pm.
St John’s Old Cemetery Restoration Group (SJG) is a community organisation formed in 2004 with the objective of the preservation, restoration and maintenance of the old cemetery and the adjacent eighteenth century church in Nobber village, Co. Meath. The group is a registered charity and all committee members are volunteers.
Following the discovery in the cemetery of some rare and historically significant stone crosses, SJG decided to acquire the church and transform it into a heritage/cultural centre where the crosses could be displayed and interpreted for the public, along with other aspects of Nobber’s rich archaeological and historical legacy. The church building was purchased in 2008 for the sum of €200,000, part-funded by Meath County Council and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Extensive restoration and renovation work on the church to raise it up to the standard required to house a heritage exhibition was completed in 2015. This building work cost in the region of €262,000, part-funded by a Meath LEADER grant, Meath County Council and the group’s own fundraising efforts. The church is now in pristine condition and ready for the new chapter in its life as a heritage centre.
St John’s Group aim to install a new exhibition in the renovated church displaying and interpreting the history of human settlement in Nobber and Ireland in general through examples of the various heritage sites so abundant in the Nobber area. The exhibition will utilise a range of different types of display media including but not exclusive to information boards, replicas, interactive items and audio-visual material including interviews with relevant archaeologists.
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