A new altar is mounted to celebrate mass facing the people

Timeline date: 1 November, 1970

During his tenure as Parish Priest, Monsignor Michael O’Connell  oversaw the fitting of a heating system and in November 1970 the High Altar was changed so that the Mass could be celebrated with the celebrant facing the people. With Monsignor O’Connell’s transfer to the parish of Glasthule in 1971, Fr. John Peirce was appointed and served as parish priest until his death in 1984 when Fr. Aidan Burke was appointed.