Shaun Patton to launch Buy-A-Brick campaign at Letterkenny Community Centre

Donegal GAA star Shaun Patton will officially launch the ‘Buy-A-Brick’ campaign at Letterkenny Community Centre next Wednesday, June 19.

Work recently got underway on a major new €1.4 million development which will comprise a community building along with new dressing rooms.

It will be known as the Jim Lynch Community Building in memory of the late councillor who was a leading figure at the centre for many years.


While considerable state funding for the project has been secured, the centre itself still must raise the balance.

And the “Buy-A-Brick” campaign is set to be a great way of raising revenue and enabling people to be associated with the development.

Special bricks will be available for purchase (€130 for an individual, or €300 for family) and these will be erected in a dedicated area in the new building.

More details will be revealed at the launch.

When contacted about the launch, Patton readily agreed to give his time to be associated with the project.

A native of Letterkenny, the Donegal senior football goalkeeper has used the facilities at Letterkenny Community Centre down through the years and knows just how important it is to keep moving with the times and providing an ever-increasing range of activities and facilities.

The new community building, with two new state-of-the-art dressing rooms, is being beside the existing astroturf (4G) playing pitch which has been a huge success since it was completed in 2019.


Funding for the project is coming from the Minister for Rural and Community Development (€300,000), from the Community Centre Investment Fund, and a further €100,000 from the Dormant Accounts Fund, with Donegal County Council providing a grant of €200,000.

The Community Centre is financing the rest of the balance through an AIB Loan and a Western Development Commission loan as well as a number of fundraising initiatives, including the “Buy-A-Brick” scheme.

Liam O’Donnell, centre manager, said: “We are delighted to have someone of the calibre and profile of Shaun Patton to launch this important fundraiser. He recognises the valuable role that the centre plays in providing such a great variety of classes and also as a location for meetings, groups, and individuals.”

The launch of the ‘Buy-A-Brick’ campaign will take place at 3pm next Wednesday (June 19), and all are welcome.

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