Singing Firebird’s praises!


Work to upgrade the heating system at St Eunan’s Cathedral in Letterkenny is set to keep parishioners warm when winter weather hits, thanks to the installation of new Firebird boilers.

However you approach Letterkenny – from Derry in the east, Gweedore and Glenties in the west, Fanad and Falcarragh in the north, or Donegal and Ballybofey in the south – the tall spire of St. Eunan’s Cathedral greets you.

Officially opened in 1901 the cathedral’s heating system had seen better days, so the parish turned to leading domestic and commercial contractor, McGavigan Mechanical Services Ltd, to undertake an upgrade.

“There were two cast iron boilers in place but they were inefficient and not doing the job the cathedral required,” explained Mark McGavigan. “We installed Firebird C100 Enviromax Popular Boilers in a cascade format and they are superb. It used to take the old boilers two hours to heat the church but the new Firebird system takes just 15 minutes. The Firebird boilers were really straightforward to install too, so overall, we were delighted with this project.

“I’ve definitely been converted to Firebird. The boilers are highly efficient and easy to install while the back-up service from the company is of a really high standard.”

The Firebird C100 Enviromax Popular Boilers were installed alongside C/W RDB burners and plume dispersal kits as well as a Firebird Cascading Controller and a Magna 3D 80-120F main church circulation pump.

Boasting a patented heat exchanger design and built from premium quality steels, the compact design of the Firebird C100 Enviromax Popular Boilers made them perfect for St Eunan’s Cathedral.

The boiler also includes a series of installer-friendly features, such as 4-tapping points that increases installation options; a 7-pin plug that simplifies wiring; and multi-directional flue options.

The use of a Firebird Cascading Controller further enhances the efficiency of the installation. A controller suitable for wall mounting, complete with case and clamps for wiring, the Firebird Cascading is ideal for a maximum of eight modulating cascade boilers, offering cooling with humidity control; automatic configuration and remote management. Like all Firebird products, it also offers easy installation, with simplified wiring connections and a clear menu structure.

The supply of the Firebird products was carried out by Heat Merchants. The company has a network of 31 branches across the country and a business development team supported by a technical team providing fully indemnified heating system design, ancillary certification, commissioning and after sales service.

Project Details
• Contractor: McGavigan Mechanical Services Ltd.
• Supplier: Heat Merchants.
• Products: Firebird C100 Enviromax Popular Boilers and Firebird Cascading Controller.

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