The local collection held to support the rebuilding of Ballinrobe Town Hall has reached almost €360,000, and the committee hopes it will pass through the €400,000 target early in 2019.

Michael Sweeney, chairperson, has thanked all who supported the campaign to rebuild the hall during 2018 and appealed for further support in the year ahead.

“Our local target was €400,000 when we started out in April 2014, and we are on course to hit that. If you haven’t supported yet, we would invite you to do so in the early part of the New Year,” said Michael, at the annual general meeting of the Ballinrobe Civic, Arts and Amenity Company last week.

Efforts to garner Government support are continuing, along with backing from other agencies, which will result in the construction of the hall, estimated to cost €1.3m.

“Raising this kind of money means that the  Government, and other agencies, can clearly see Ballinrobe’s strong desire to rebuild the hall, which was knocked due to safety concerns in 1996, after being closed for a number of years,” said Michael.

He thanked all who donated throughout the past year, be it through direct debits, cash donations, raffle prizes or by supporting the various fundraising events.

Chairperson Michael Sweeney, secretary Siobhan O’Malley and treasurer Sean O’Connell presented their annual reports.

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

The following are the directors for 2019: Chairperson Michael Sweeney, Michael Burke, Secretary Siobhan O’Malley, Treasurer Sean O’Connell, PRO Liam Horan, Margot O’Shea, Des May and Sheena Duddy.

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