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PARISH CENTRE UPDATE MAY 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 have taken place:-:-

14/15 April 2018 - Church Gate Collection at all Masses

20 April 2018 - Percy French Troubadours Benefit Night.

30 April 2018 - Molly O’Callaghan’s “Go Fund Me” Benefit Page.

05 May 2018 - Yvonne’s Montessori School Cake Sale.

06 May 2018 - Bag Packing Event at SuperValu which was coordinated by Palmerstown Festival Committee.

18 May 2018 St Philomena’s Parish received a refund of €31,125 from Revenue under the Charitable Donation Scheme in respect of donations for the years 2014 to 2016. This scheme allows charities to claim a refund of tax on donations received of over €250 per donor in a calendar year. St Philomena’s Parish have committed this refund towards the Parish Centre Works.

23 May 2018 Donation envelopes received up to this date have realised €5,865.

I am delighted to announce that this brings the amount raised to date to €46,000.

UPCOMING FUNDRAISING EVENTS INCLUDE:-

 Parents of current/past students of Tir Na Óg Naíonra are running the Mini Marathon to raise funds. If you are thinking of running the Mini Marathon would you consider running it for the Parish Centre. Sponsor Cards are available from the Parish Centre and Manor Road Hair Salon.

 Palmerstown Camera Club is launching a 2019 Calendar and all proceeds from same will be donated to the Parish Centre.

 The Fundraising Committee is currently working on organising a Mid-Summer Night’s Concert on Thursday, 21 June 2018 in St Philomena’s Church. Please see details below.

 Ruth Shine Ballet Company are organising a pyjama party to raise funds for the Parish Centre.

The generosity and support received so far is such an encouraging reminder of the vibrant community spirit of the people of Palmerstown.

PARISH CENTRE WORKS UPDATE-

In respect of the works update, our Consultants have carried out inspections and submitted their drawings. The tender document is nearing completion and we expect to tender for the work shortly which will provide us with a realistic figure to work towards in terms of fundraising. It is anticipated that works will commence in early July 2018.

I would like to express my gratitude to Luke Moriarty who is very generously looking after the fees of the Mechanical Engineer and Fire Consultant, and a sincere thank you to Anne Mahon, Architect, who has so generously given her time and expertise to this project.

We are continuing to liaise with the Archdiocese in regard to applying for donations from a foundation and a contribution from SHARE. We have applied for the Infrastructure Grant through the South Dublin County Council Communities Scheme and we expect to hear word on this in early June 2018. As you can appreciate, all of these take time and can be a slow process but we will persevere!

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.

Onwards and upwards!

Canon Tony Reilly, P.P.

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