Electric.ie Magazine May/June 2023

62 ELECTRIC.IE • The Magazine & Website for the Irish Electrical Industry • A spiritual tale of lighting contrasts Completed in 1942, the historic and spectacular Cathedral of Saint Patrick and Saint Felim is the most dominant building in Cavan Town. The monumental neoclassic architecture impresses externally with its 68m spire and flanking domes and is easily one of the town's most impressive and eye-catching buildings. Internally, it is vast and aweinspiring, featuring 28 columns, but it was often viewed as gloomy. Ageing and soaring energy prices meant the Cathedral recently underwent a complete conservation, restoration and upgrade. Kieran Callaghan, Managing Director of Callaghan Electrical, ‒ Zumtobel and its sister brand Thorn, both lighting brands of the Zumtobel Group, worked with Callaghan Electrical Contractors to design a new lighting scheme for the interior and exterior of a substantial cathedral in Cavan. says, "In 2022, we were appointed as the electrical contractor to carry out the rewiring of this iconic building as part of the restoration project. The scope of essential works included replacement of the existing electrical installations throughout, fire safety installations and the integration of new technologies, whilst restoring, retaining and enhancing the integrity of the authentic historic fabric of the building." All new systems, including LED lighting, were threaded within the historic fabric of the building. Kieran continues, "When it came to our lighting specialist, based on previous projects, we had Industry News no hesitation in working with Zumtobel and Thorn products. Their quality of products, lighting designs, service and availability has always been at the forefront of innovation." Subtlety to showstopping Here, too, the lighting design did not disappoint. The Zumtobel Group's lighting brands provided a solution for each location, from the ornate interior to the showstopping exterior. The lighting approach differed from subtlety on the inside to showstopping outdoors. Colour blending Internally subtlety was key. Despite the vast size, the interior of the Cathedral is adorned