Funding sought for island church after lean year

A FUNDRAISER has been set up for St Crone’s Church on Arranmore.
Closures for long periods of time followed by a reduced capacity of parishioners has meant St Crone’s Church has seen a drop in finances compared with previous years.
A fundraiser has been set up on GoFundMe, organised by Denis O’Donnell.
He said: “For large periods of time since March 2020 there was no congregation until recent months again. For that period since March 2020 the amount of income coming into the church has drastically dropped.
“There was a good portion of the year with very little money coming in. Since the pandemic, the money coming into the church has been nowhere near the normal amount that would have been received in 2018 and 2019.”
There are also plans in the pipeline for a new graveyard, funding for which will have to be found.
“The church isn’t like a government organisation or school that gets some funding. It relies on the generosity of the public.”
Places are slowly starting to re-open to the public and a full lifting of restrictions on October 22 is expected, according to the Government’s latest Road Map for emerging from the Covid-19 pandemic.
However, there are currently still many restrictions in place, and people are being urged to donate whatever they can to the fundraiser.
“Still with no dances or other ways to fundraise, this (GoFundMe) is the only way to bring extra funds.
Please give what you can. However big or small it will help make a difference,” said Mr O’Donnell.

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