© 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 if continued    Pledge value including benefit   Donation Equivalent   Pledge        for 5 years    from Charitable Tax refund Scheme *** €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