Within twenty minutes the fire had ripped through the church and took over 150 years of history with it. St. Catherine’s church, which in the past had attracted many high profile mass-goers including singer Imelda May and Hollywood actor Martin Sheen, was now in ruins.
The explosion which affected every inch of the church, took firefighters two hours to get under control and caused extensive smoke and water damage to the building. The blaze blew out the windows, destroyed the organ and melted the paint and light fixtures which then dripped down the walls, onto the floor and seats below.
Designed by Howley Hayes Architects and rebuilt by Barbary Construction, St. Catherine’s church reopened in December 2013 after almost two years of closure, and a restoration and reconstruction plan costing €4.1 million.
Kingspan Kooltherm K7 pitched roof insulation was used in the reconstruction of the roof of St. Catherine’s Church. Kooltherm K7 insulation for tiled or slated pitched warm roof spaces has thermal conductivities as low as 0.020 W/m•K. When installed correctly Kingspan Kooltherm K7 pitched roof board can last the lifetime of the building which makes it ideal for both new build and refurbishment.
The church re-opened its doors to the public in December 2013 when Auxilliary Bishop of Dublin, Bishop Eamonn Walsh celebrated the first Mass on Sunday. In 2015 the project won Highly Commended in the Best Conservation/Restoration Category at the 2015 RIAI Irish Architecture Awards.