A committee has recently been set up to raise funds for the renovation of the inside of the Abbey Church, Francis Street, Galway, a project that will cost €150,000.
There will be no structural change to the 19th century Abbey, all the work is essential maintenance, including rewiring and repainting. As part of the committee’s fundraising efforts, they will be running various events over the next six months and the first of these events will be the ‘Cabaret by the Bay’ Concert in the Salthill Hotel on Wednesday 2 December.
The concert will feature Jimmy Buckley, Brendan Shine, Johnny Carroll, Shaun O’Dowd, Duo Vocis (Sean Costello and Frank Naughton), The Conquerors featuring Lorraine, TR Dallas, Glor Tire finalist Bernie Heaney, Marc Roberts, and John Hogan. MC for the night is Don Colleran.
Tickets for the show are available from The Abbey Church, Des Kavanagh Electric, Jaycee, Tom Dempsey Oranmore, Salthill Hotel and Salthill Post Office. Enquiries to Abbey Church on 091-562518.
There are many ways to donate to assist in the fundraising efforts. The Abbey Church will accept and acknowledge donations from individuals and businesses alike in the following ways:
Payment by Cash: There are special Donation Envelopes and donation points around the church which you can use for cash donations. Put your name and address on the envelope and seal the money inside the envelope.
Payment by Cheque: Payable to ‘Franciscan Friars Building Account’ at the Bank of Ireland, Eyre Square, Galway.
Payment by Online Banking: Payments and donations online can be made to: Franciscan Friars Building Account, Bank of Ireland, Eyre Square, Galway, Sort Code: 90 38 16 Account No: 41789722. IBAN: IE15 BOFI 9038 1641 7897 22.
Payment by Standing Order: There are blank standing order forms for all the main banks at the Abbey Office. Simply fill in the standing order form and bring to your local bank branch for processing.
Donations through the tax rebate system: The Abbey Church Charity is a registered charity (No. 5388). They can now claim a tax rebate from Revenue on all donations of €250 or more per annum.
The Franciscans do not have collections during Mass, so they are reliant on their parishioners’ goodwill to generate much needed funds.