Ballinrobe Credit Union, one of the town’s major success stories over the past 35 years, has announced a personal loan package for members who wish to support the campaign to rebuild the local Town Hall.

A target of €400,000 in business and private contributions has been set as Ballinrobe aims to restore the old Hall, which closed in 1996.

A team of approximately 40 collectors are visiting every house in the parish to seek support through a variety of suitable fundraising options.

“In order to support this venture and our members who may wish to contribute, Ballinrobe Credit Union Limited will make personal loans available to members who may find taking a Credit Union loan a more affordable method of making the contribution,” said the Credit Union’s Board of Directors in a statement.

“Members can make enquiries directly to the Credit Union office. Members would apply as usual for the loan. Terms and conditions will apply, with payments being tailored to suit the members / donor situation.”

The Credit Union are fully supportive of the efforts to restore the facility to the heart of community life in the town.

Michael Sweeney, chairperson, Ballinrobe Town Hall, said that the personal loan package from the Credit Union is “another sign of the great support we are receiving locally. There is huge goodwill towards the Town Hall project.”

Two weeks ago, the fund passed €50,000. “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.

Anyone interested in supporting this major project should contact Chairperson Michael Sweeney (087 2588 615) or Secretary Siobhan O’Malley (087 207 2307).

Committee: Chairperson Michael Sweeney, Secretary Siobhan O’Malley, Treasurer Sean O’Connell, PRO Liam Horan, Michael Burke (Vice-chairperson), Rory O’Neill, Tony Walkin, Margot O’Shea, Mary Jackson, Marie O’Haire, Gwen Costello, Des May, Sheena Duddy, Clare O’Neill, Aidrienne Gleeson, Liz Kelleher, Cllr Damien Ryan, Cllr Patsy O’Brien.

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