The Church Restaurant – Skibbereen

Project Background

The Church Restaurant in Skibbereen, County Cork, Ireland gets its name from its origins as a converted Methodist Church, which held weekly church services from 1833 – 2002. After originally being converted into successful restaurant in 2003 the building was devastated by fire in 2005 leaving only the 4 walls standing. All original features were either completely destroyed or beyond repair. Hence began the monumental task of saving this piece of history.

Due to the large scale of the project and tight deadlines brothers Leo and Niall Linehan undertook the restoration project in 2008. This project required specialist skills and craftsmen to reconstruct what remained of the original building such as the sandstone windows, which were structurally compromised by the fire, and all original timberwork such as the impressive half-barrel ceiling. Alongside the building restoration work, Leo and Niall sourced and restored all the architectural salvage needed to restore the church interior fixtures and fittings, which were destroyed by fire. This project was designed, managed and constructed in-house.


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