LARC Step Up Loughrea Town Hall Fundraising
Community group LARC (Loughrea Arts Recreation & Culture) have recently begun a renewed drive to save the Loughrea Town Hall. The group formed two years ago as a result of a public meeting held in relation to the now derelict building, on Barrack Street, Loughrea.
The group made a joint application for funding with Galway County Council last September. The funding was applied for under the 2016 Arts and Culture Capital Scheme. The scheme had a total fund of €9 million through the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional Rural and Gealtacht Affairs. LARC and Galway County Council applied for a fund of €500,000 which was to be matched through a combination of LARC’s fundraising, Loughrea Town Council fund and Galway County Council. Unfortunately their bid was unsuccessful.
LARC have set a target of €40,000 to raise in 2017 and a number of fundraising events are planned to achieve this amount. A spokesperson for LARC said “While the mission is challenging we believe it is achievable. The task of refurbishment is daunting, but fuelling LARC is the conviction that the only viable way of ensuring the Town Hall remains within the community is by garnering support from the community as a whole to come together and help raise the necessary funds.”
LARC represent a number of arts and creative groups from Loughrea and its surrounding area. They are encouraging people to get involved with their efforts at whatever level they feel comfortable – whether it’s with fundraising, grant applications or upcoming event planning, LARC are reaching out to the whole community to join in.
A church gate collection will kick start the campaign on Easter Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th April. Further information can be found at LARCs website www.loughreatownhall.com or see their Facebook page https://m.facebook.com/larcloughrea/.
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