Church Conservation Project
The Church Conservation project has been ongoing over the past two years, following the discovery of a very significant outbreak of dry rot in the building. Conservation architect, John Halligan, has been employed to oversee the conservation works. The contractors are Rainey’s of Swords, with Clerk of Works being local man, Tommy Byrne.
The Church Fundraising Committee has been very busy over the past two years trying to secure the funds needed to finance the work. Approximately €100,000 was secured over the course of 2018. Most of this was raised by means of a Draw held on September 11th. Top prizes included a brand new car and a pedigree heifer. In addition, €56,000 has come in since October 2017 by way of a special second collection at Masses.
Following from such success and generosity, fundraising for the Straide Church Conservation Project continues throughout 2019. The restoration works are, at this stage, all but completed. However, some more fundraising is still needed. The Church began 2019 with a debt of just over €100,000. Hopefully, by the end of 2019 this debt will have been reduced considerably.
Sincere thanks to the hardworking Fundraising Committee and to all who have been so supportive of our fundraising efforts over the past two years. Thankfully, the end is now in sight.
Three fundraising events remain this year. The first is a Bucket Collection throughout Castlebar on Saturday, June 29th – the Feast of Ss. Peter & Paul.
The second is a Fashion Show to be held in the Davitt Community Hall on Monday, November 4th at 8 pm. This is always a very popular event when held in Straide. An added attraction this year will be the inclusion of some top class spot prizes on the night.
The final fundraising event this year will be a Concert on Sunday, December 8th at 8 pm in the Church. James Kilbane will be joined by Annette Griffin and John Staunton in what promises to be a wonderful evening’s entertainment in the setting of Straide Church as decorated for the Christmas Season.
So, put the dates in your diary and enjoy some wonderful nights’ entertainment!
Tickets for each event costs €10 and will be available shortly.
Once again, a big Thank You to everyone for your ongoing encouragement, support and generosity.