Maynooth Parish is holding a Parish Ball on Saturday 8th November in Carton House to raise funds to repaint St Mary’s Church.
It will be the first time anyone can remember for a major parish social get together, and excitement is building.
Tickets are €75 for the Ball (which will not be black tie, you’ll be glad to know) to include a champagne reception in the grand old house of Carton; a full meal in the main ballroom, and followed with entertainment by the great 16 piece band favourite Route 66, who are guaranteed to provide music and dance to suit all tastes….great value when you consider that over €25 out of every ticket will go directly to the refurbishment fund.
The overall event is being sponsored by Carton House and the champagne reception is sponsored by the Avenue Restaurant.
Tickets are already selling fast, with both individuals and some corporates showing interest. Corporates can avail of a table of ten for €750 as a pre Christmas event for staff or customers.
The funds are badly needed to take on a major refurbishment of St Mary’s church, with plans to repaint the interior, replace the flooring covering and to carry out repair work to the external grounds.
Over the past couple of years €52,000 has been spent on repairs to the roof area of the 175 year old building. The parish was able to fund these costs as well as cover day to day expenses, and at the same time reduce the parish debt from €175,000 3 years ago to just under €90,000 today. They received a contribution of €50,000 last year from Diocesan funds which was gratefully received. But the main contribution comes from the regular envelopes and standing orders from parishioners. The first and second collections at all Masses go in their entirety to the Diocese.
It is not possible therefore to take on the plans to repaint the church without special fundraising. The proceeds of the Parish Ball will go to a completely separate Church Refurbishment Account.
Tickets are available from the parish office telephone 6293018, by email from [email protected], or from the many tickets sellers.