A MODEL of the new church to be built at Ftitterne. Southampton, and the complete plans have been presented to the parish priest, Fr. Denis Walshe. by Sir Robert McAlpine and Sons, Ltd., building and civil engineering contractors, in recognition of his religious and social work for the Irish and other employees of the McAlpine organisation during 1940-43.
The church has been designed by the organisation's staff architect.
" I found Sir Robert McAlpine most helpful in providing facilities for the many thousands of Irish they employed during those war years to attend Mass and the sacraments," Fr. Walshe tells THE CaTtimac HERALD.
" At that period the Irish workers in most cases lived in the camps on the building sites."
Fr. Walshe started the new parish of Bitterne in 1944.
The final cost of the new church will be in the region of £25,0410. The site was the gift of Redcote Convent. The parishioners attend Mass in the convent chapel and in the chapel of St. Mary's College.