ST PATRICK’S CLOSE
The street in front of Benjamin Lee’s statue at St. Patrick’s Cathedral was for a period called Guinness St, before reverting back to St Patrick’s Close. At the entrance to the Close, from St. Patrick’s Street, are two large pillars and for many months the top section of the pillar nearest the Cathedral was missing because of an accident. Not long after restoration work was completed it has been, once again, damaged.
One of the largest conservation restoration projects to be undertaken in state history began in July 2019 with a planned completion date of August 2021 and a cost of €9 million. As the Cathedral is an operational place of worship with over 500,000 tourists and 65,000 religious visitors attending the cathedral each year, Clancy Construction had to progress the project without interruption to the daily operations of the Cathedral.