The 150th anniversary of the building of the 200 feet high spire at the Naas Parish Church was commemorated at a recent presentation in the town.

Local historians Paddy Behan, Stan Hickey and Liam Kenny combined to present a night of images, plans and descriptions of the completion of the spire of Our Lady & St. David’s Church,150 years ago in December 1858.

Local historians Stan Hickey, Paddy Behan and Liam Kenny with Fr. Tom McDonnell, PP, Naas.

Opening the presentation Fr. Tom McDonnell, parish priest of Naas, said it was a significant anniversary in the life of the parish and the town. He said it was important that such occasions were marked and he thanked the three local historians who had come along to portray the results of their research.

The presentation was opened by Liam Kenny who set the context for the sixty strong audience which had gathered in the newly refurbished parish centre in the shadow of the 150th year old spire.

He was followed by local historian Stan Hickey who has spent years mapping the surprisingly complex changes to the fabric of Naas parish church with each generation adding its own alterations and modifications.

Fellow local historian Paddy Behan then presented a stunning display of slides of the church and described its evolution from the time the site of the church was assembled on the Sallins road in the 1820s right through to the redesign of the interior in the 1980s.