© Oughterard Parish 2017
The Parish of Oughterard

+353 91 55 22 90

Church Restoration and Enhancement Project Revitalising our Community’s Parish Catholic Church

Introduction:

Built between 1830-37, Oughterard parish church was badly damaged by fire

in 1879. By 1932 it was very rundown and required extensive renovation. The

magnificent Harry Clarke window was added at this time. Since then little

significant work has been done on the church. In 2030 the church reaches its

bi-centenary. We want to ensure it’s in good condition to flourish for the

next century.

The need for renovation

Currently water ingress in the towers, severe problems in the sacristy roof,

and woodworm and rot in the stairs to the gallery require urgent attention.

Electrics, heating, insulation, doors and internal painting are also in poor

condition.

The church in the community

The  

church  

marks  

many  

major  

local  

milestones  

in  

the  

lives  

of  

people  

in  

the

community,  

and  

plays  

a  

key  

role  

in  

their  

spiritual  

lives.  

  

It  

will  

always  

be  

there

for families that reach out for help and assistance.

In the last 10 years there have been :

361 Christenings

342 Confirmations

121 weddings 

256 Funerals

Work completed so far:

Securing of the entrance porch and sealing of its roof

Removal of the stone walls on top of the three towers, and proper sealing of

the tower roofs

Repairs to the sacristy where the ceiling had collapsed

Work yet to be done:

In 2019 and 2020 the following work needs to be undertaken – (not in

order of priority):

Heating system conforming with Sustainable Energy

         Authority of Ireland standards

New lighting systems using low energy lights

New ventilation system to prevent humidity build up

Securing of all windows and appropriate secondary

         glazing

Complete upgrading of ‘old sacristy’ to new all-

         purpose room including day chapel

Complete replacement of the stairs to gallery

Fire exit from balcony

Restoration of organ

Restoration of bell – to a working bell in the bell

         tower

Upgrading of toilet facility – and ultimately provision

         of a toilet block

New sacristy in the former crying room

New crying room at back of church

Restoration of timber floor and floor isle tiling

New entrance doors

Plasterwork; Painting internal and external

Disabled access throughout

All gutters, downpipes and land drains to be

         improved

Improved acoustics, sound and webcam for remote

         viewing of services (GDPR compliant)

Fire alarm system alerting to priests house

Car parks and grounds 

It’s a long list and is not yet all inclusive.

This requires a lot of fund raising to complete, but many of the works can be

tackled as specific sponsored projects.

Funding requirement

The total estimated cost of repairs is  €600,000

€178,325 has been spent on the work already completed

Funds raised so far are :

  Parish repair reserve

-   €95,000

  Albert Gubay Charitable Foundation (UK)

-   €45,000

  (approved in principle for work on the

  tower and sacristy)

  Parish community donations

-  €92,249

  (including one very generous €50,000 donation)

  Three Galway county council grants

-  €13,050

  Meitheal Fund interest free loan

-  €171,000

  (must be repaid over 5 years)

We will be applying for all possible funding options over the coming few years.

Ways to support the restoration

  Monthly donation envelopes

    - available from the church on request

  Single donation envelopes

    - at the altar rail. Place in the safe to the right of the altar

  One-off gifts

    - eg at special family events in the parish

  A monthly standing order

    - the most effective donation. Can be any amount.

     Guidline figures below show how it can benefit the

     parish for tax payers. Forms are available.

Monthly Weekly  *    Annual  **   Pledge over    Pledge value *** Donation Equivalent    Pledge          5 years    with Tax refund €50       €11.50    €600       €3,000 €4,011 €30 €6.90    €360       €1,800 €2,407 €25 €5.80    €300       €1,500 €2,005 €21 €4.80    €252       €1,260 €1,651 €10 €2.30    €120       €600  No tax    benefit *Figures rounded to nearest ten cent; ** Pledges of less than €250 per tax year do not qualify for the                Charity Tax Scheme; *** Based on 75% estimated return on application to the                   Revenue at 31% gross income. All   donations   -   if   done   by   name   will   be   receipted.   We   are   unable   to   issue   receipts   for   anonymous   donations although   all   are   accounted   for   meticulously.   Money   collection   boxes   will   be   issued   in   mid-2019   to   all houses   in   the   parish.   These   have   a   return   phone   number   and   box   number   to   enable   individual   receipts   to be   issued   to   everyone.   We   can   accept   all   EU   coins   and   notes   of   any   currency.   If   your   box   is   full   just   call   the number on the side and it will be collected.

With a little prayer and a lot of help we know we will

complete this project together.

Many thanks for your support. – The Church Restoration

Project Team

© Oughterard Parish 2017
The Parish of Oughterard

+353 91 55 22 90

Church Restoration and Enhancement Project Revitalising our Community’s Parish Catholic Church Introduction Built    between    1830-37,    Oughterard    parish    church    was badly    damaged    by    fire    in    1879.    By    1932    it    was    very rundown      and      required      extensive      renovation.      The magnificent   Harry   Clarke   window   was   added   at   this   time. Since   then   little   significant   work   has   been   done   on   the church.   In   2030   the   church   reaches   its   bi-centenary.   We want   to   ensure   it’s   in   good   condition   to   flourish   for   the next century. The need for renovation Currently   water   ingress   in   the   towers,   severe   problems   in the   sacristy   roof,   and   woodworm   and   rot   in   the   stairs   to the    gallery    require    urgent    attention.    Electrics,    heating, insulation,    doors    and    internal    painting    are    also    in    poor condition.
The church in the community The   church   marks   many   major   local   milestones   in the   lives   of   people   in   the   community,   and   plays   a key   role   in   their   spiritual   lives.      It   will   always   be there    for    families    that    reach    out    for    help    and assistance. In the last 10 years there have been : 361 Christenings 342 Confirmations 121 weddings  256 Funerals
Work completed so far Securing of the entrance porch and sealing of its roof Removal   of   the   stone   walls   on   top   of   the   three   towers, and proper sealing of the tower roofs Repairs to the sacristy where the ceiling had collapsed
Work yet to be done In    2019    and    2020    the    following    work    needs    to    be undertaken – (not in order of priority): Heating system conforming with Sustainable Energy          Authority of Ireland standards New lighting systems using low energy lights New ventilation system to prevent humidity build up Securing of all windows and appropriate secondary          glazing Complete upgrading of ‘old sacristy’ to new all-          purpose room including day chapel Complete replacement of the stairs to gallery Fire exit from balcony Restoration of organ Restoration of bell – to a working bell in the bell          tower Upgrading of toilet facility – and ultimately provision          of a toilet block New sacristy in the former crying room New crying room at back of church Restoration of timber floor and floor isle tiling New entrance doors Plasterwork; Painting internal and external Disabled access throughout All gutters, downpipes and land drains to be          improved Improved acoustics, sound and webcam for remote          viewing of services (GDPR compliant) Fire alarm system alerting to priests house Car parks and grounds  It’s a long list and is not yet all inclusive. This   requires   a   lot   of   fund   raising   to   complete,   but   many   of the works can be tackled as specific sponsored projects.
Funding requirement The total estimated cost of repairs is   €600,000   €178,325 has been spent on the work already completed Funds raised so far are :   Parish repair reserve -   €95,000   Albert Gubay Charitable Foundation (UK) -   €45,000   (approved in principle for work on the   tower and sacristy)   Parish community donations -  €92,249   (including one very generous €50,000 donation)   Three Galway county council grants -  €13,050   Meitheal Fund interest free loan -  €171,000   (must be repaid over 5 years) We   will   be   applying   for   all   possible   funding   options   over the coming few years.
Ways to support the restoration   Monthly donation envelopes     - available from the church on request   Single donation envelopes     - at the altar rail. Place in the safe to the right of the altar   One-off gifts     - eg at special family events in the parish   A monthly standing order     - the most effective donation. Can be any amount.      Guidline figures below show how it can benefit the      parish for tax payers. Forms are available. Some examples :
Monthly Weekly  *    Annual  **   Pledge over    Pledge value *** Donation Equivalent    Pledge          5 years    with Tax refund €50       €11.50    €600       €3,000 €4,011 €30 €6.90    €360       €1,800 €2,407 €25 €5.80    €300       €1,500 €2,005 €21 €4.80    €252       €1,260 €1,651 €10 €2.30    €120       €600  No tax    benefit *Figures rounded to nearest ten cent; ** Pledges of less than €250 per tax year do not qualify for the                Charity Tax Scheme; *** Based on 75% estimated return on application to the                   Revenue at 31% gross income.
All   donations   -   if   done   by   name   will   be   receipted.   We   are unable   to   issue   receipts   for   anonymous   donations   although all   are   accounted   for   meticulously.   Money   collection   boxes will   be   issued   in   mid-2019   to   all   houses   in   the   parish.   These have    a    return    phone    number    and    box    number    to    enable individual   receipts   to   be   issued   to   everyone.   We   can   accept all   EU   coins   and   notes   of   any   currency.   If   your   box   is   full   just call the number on the side and it will be collected.
With a little prayer and a lot of help we know we will complete this project together. Many thanks for your support. – The Church Restoration Project Team