A target of €400,000 in business and private contributions has been set by the campaign to rebuild Ballinrobe Town Hall. Locals have been urged to support the effort to build a town hall on the site where the previous one existed from 1886 to 1996. A variety of support options was outlined at the campaign’s fund-raising launch in Flannery’s Bar and Restaurant this week.
“We estimate that we will receive between €800,000 and €900,000 in local and central Government and agency funding, which will require Ballinrobe to come up with approximately €400,000 to fund the project. The overall cost has been independently costed at just short of €1.3m,” said Michael Sweeney, chairman, Ballinrobe Civic, Arts and Amenity Co Ltd, speaking at the launch.
He continued: “It is not going to be easy but with effort comes attainment. We are calling on everybody with a love of Ballinrobe to support this project. To be blunt, this project needs you to dig deep into your pockets. The town hall will not build itself. As a community, we have this opportunity now to invest in our town for current and future generations. Let’s not miss it.”
Sean O’Connell, treasurer, outlined the five support packages, where people can choose an option of how much they want to donate over a period of time ranging from €500 over three years to €5,000. Anyone interested in supporting this major project should contact chairperson Michael Sweeney (087 ) 2588 615 or secretary Siobhan O’Malley (087 ) 207 2307.