The Church (dedicated to Ss. Peter and Paul) was built between 1914 and 1916 at a cost of £4,000. That sum translates into €650,000 today. However, due to the architectural significance of the building (it was one of the last stone-built churches in the country and is particularly ornate), it is insured for 5.6 million euro – a sum deemed appropriate and necessary if it ever had to be rebuilt.
The Church Fundraising Committee was set up to raise funds to finance the conservation work needed on the Church after the discovery of an outbreak of dry rot. It has been in operation since 2017. A massive Fundraising Raffle was formally launched by Sr. Maureen Lally (Mayo Person of the Year 2018) on March 4th 2018.
The top prize was a Dacia Sandero car (5 door hatchback, 1litre petrol) part sponsored by Freedom Mobility. The second prize was a pedigree charolais heifer (Bennview Noelle) worth €3,500. Third prize was a composite door / window worth €1,000 sponsored by Season Master, Straide. Fourth prize was 1,000 litres of heating oil sponsored by J & E Hughes Oil, Killala Road, Ballina. Fifth prize was a return flight for two to Bristol from Knock airport sponsored by Knock Airport. Castle Davitt Furniture, Castlebar, also kindly sponsored the printing of the raffle tickets.
Just under €100,000 was raised by the draw and other fundraising events in 2018.
Other events included:
- Supermarket Bag Packs
- 5K Operation Conservation walk / run
- Clothing Collection
- Harvest Thanksgiving Auction
- Harvest Festival
- Corporate Donations
- Donations from Friends of Straide Parish abroad
- Bucket Collections
- Concerts & Functions
Fundraising Events remaining for 2019 include:
- Bucket Collection in Castlebar on June 29th
- Fashion Show on November 4th
- Church Concert on December 8th with James Kilbride, Annette Griffin and John Staunton