Auction to save Christ Church in Dublin
Jonathan is participating in an upcoming charity auction to benefit Christ Church in Dublin. No details yet on what he’s donated that will be part of this auction.
A famous cathedral needs to find €2m for its future upkeep.
Christ Church in Dublin, a major tourist attraction, requires an initial cash injection of €1m for essential stonework repairs to its famous bell tower and another €1m for refurbishment of its Chapter House.
Yesterday, model Rosanna Davison, dancer Michael Flatley, singer Roger Whittaker, actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers and a host of well known names got behind a donation drive for an upcoming auction aimed at securing its future.
The historic bell tower boasts the largest number of bells in the world — a total of 19 — producing a sound unrivalled anywhere. But it is under serious threat from leaks.
“Literally, (without the required repairs) the outward stone would just decay away and rot the timbers just like in any building. This hasn’t been attended to since the reordering of the cathedral in 1870,” said the Dean.
The cathedral’s Chapter House at the Dame Street end also needs to be repointed, on top of other conservation works.
In order to raise the money, a “Bid to Save Christ Church” auction has now been planned for this December at the prestigious Sheppard’s Irish Auction House in Co Laois.
Responding to a call for help, managing director Michael Sheppard explained that they are now accepting donations for the auction.
The public auction will take place on December 16 and will be streamed live to attract a wide cross-section of bidders.
Further information can be obtained at cccdub.sheppards.ie.