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Maghera joinery firm to supply altar furniture for Papal Mass in Dublin

Pope Francis. Picture by Andrew Medichini/PA
Marie Louise McConville

A CO Derry firm is to supply the sanctuary furniture to be used by the Pope next weekend during his visit to Ireland.

A chair and altar furniture, which will be used by Pope Francis during the Papal Mass at Phoenix Park this Sunday, has been made by the Specialist Joinery Group based in Maghera.

The firm was offered the chance to make the furniture after making an icon for the World Meeting of Families.

John Bosco O'Hagan, chairman of the company, said the firm was approached about making the furniture around six months ago.

"We looked at the drawings and I said immediately it would be a great honour and a privilege to be asked to do this," he said.

The furniture includes an altar, a chair and a lectern, from which Pope Francis will speak.

"The Specialist family are incredibly proud of the sanctuary furniture and this is without doubt the most important project that we will do in our lifetime".

The company said the furniture is expected to go on permanent display in Ireland or Rome after the Mass.

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