Eamonn Neary, President Athenry Chamber of , recently presented a cheque for £10,000 to Madelyn Brody, Chairperson Heritage Committee. This cheque represents the local monies gathered to date by the Chamber from local businesses for the Athenry Heritage Project.
The Heritage Project is now entering its last phase of fundraising following a major problem which took several months to work out. Last September, as final plans were submitted to Bord Failte, the project received a major setback.
Local activists were horrified to learn that the promised 75% funding from E.U. funds was to be cut to 50%. A decision was taken by the committee not to submit to this changing of goalposts. Frantic lobbying took place between September and Christmas and it was recently confirmed that the 75% funding has been restored.
The Heritage Project is now back on the rails and with half the local contributions collected, the Committee hope that the project will get the go-ahead in the very near future. The immediate goal is to collect the rest of the local contribution and fund-raising will begin again in earnest shortly.
Individual contributions will be gratefully received and acknowledged in a Book of Honour in the Heritage Centre. For a minimum of £100 you will have your name permanently inscribed in the Heritage Centre and you will be entitled to Life Membership, and the Committee would welcome enquiries for sponsorship of major items in the Centre.
The Committee would like to thank very sincerely all the people who have contributed so generously to date and to appeal to the generosity of those who have yet to contribute.
Written by Madelyn Brody
Published here 03 Nov 2022 and originally published 1996
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