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PARISH CENTRE UPDATE JULY/AUGUST 2018

Our Committees have been working very hard over the last few months and I would like to update you in respect of the progress made.. :-

FUNDRAISING UPDATE

Thank you to all the volunteers who have tirelessly fundraised over the last couple of months. The following events took place in June:-

• Yvonne’s Montessori School held a cake sale

• Parents of current/past students of Tir Na Óg Naíonra ran the Mini Marathon in aid of the Parish Centre

• Ruth Shine Dance Company held a pyjama party

• A Mid Summer’s Concert was held on 21 June in St Philomena’s Church.

I am delighted to announce that this brings the amount raised to date to €56,000. The generosity and support received so far is a reminder of the vibrant community spirit of the people of Palmerstown.

PARISH CENTRE WORKS UPDATE-

The works project was approved by the Archdiocese at the end of June with a recommendation that an overdraft facility be arranged to enable works to commence during July and August when the Parish Centre is closed for Summer recess. Luke Moriarty and his team of consultants commenced works during the first week of July. We anticipate that the Parish Centre will reopen on Monday, 3 September 2018

The overall cost of the works comes in at €124,435.30, ex VAT. Anne Mahon, Architect, strongly suggested a sinking fund of €40,000 be put in place for replacement of windows and repairs to the roof in the future.

I would like to express my gratitude to Luke Moriarty who is very generously looking after the fees of the consultants involved, and a sincere thank you to Anne Mahon, Architect, who has so generously given her time and expertise on a pro bono basis.

The Parish Centre is an integral part of Palmerstown village and offers much needed social support to our parishioners and the community. It is imperative that the Parish Centre remains open and all of your help, support, volunteer work and contributions help us get one step closer to our goal.

In terms of finance, we currently have €56,000 (€31,000 tax back received from Revenue and €25,000 in fundraising). We have applied for grants through South Dublin County Council and to a Charitable Foundation through the Archdiocese of Dublin. We have also applied to the Archdiocese for a contribution from SHARE. Our fundraising goal is to raise another €25,000 and our Fundraising Committee is working tirelessly in this respect and we will keep you advised of upcoming events.

Canon Tony Reilly, P.P.

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