Nenagh Choral Society is embarking on a major €75,000 fundraising drive to help complete its refurbishmenet of the Scouts Hall.
The building is regarded as the group’s spiritual home and having fallen into disrepair, they took on its refurbishment in 2012, with work starting this May.
The Choral Society got a LEADER grant towards the work and has also put its own funding into the building through taking out a loan. They now hope to complete its fit-out through donations from the public that will be recognised when the premises reopens.
The public can become a major sponsor by donating any amount above €500. All major sponsors will be recognised on a separate plaque in the foyer; 200 patrons are being asked to donate €250 each. A plaque of patrons will be visible in the hall or people can sponsor a chair for €50. The society will need 500 chairs to kit out the hall. A grid of sponsored chairs will be visible in the foyer with each sponsor’s name attached.
The Scouts Hall fell into disrepair over several decades, with the doors closing in 2000 and it appeared that its fate was doomed. However, a submission to former Nenagh Town Council by Nenagh Choral Society seemed to represent its only means of survival and the council agreed to lease the building to the society, who would undertake its refurbishment. Initial estimates put the cost of the first stage at €300,000.
The society embarked on a financial plan to raise the necessary capital and a LEADER grant was secured at the beginning of this year. This, along with a substantial input from Nenagh Choral Society’s own coffers meant that the restoration work could begin in earnest.
Under the guidance of architect Margaret Kirwin of Limford Architects work on Stage 1 of the project by Riofin Ltd, Murroe, has proceeded at great pace and the hall will be ready for use in the autumn. The restoration work has included the creation of an entrance foyer, a coffee dock, two state-of-the-art dressing rooms, an extended stage and the restoration of the much-acclaimed dance floor. Stage 2 will involve the development of the overhead facilities and space. The Scouts Hall will be available to all groups to use.
Chairperson Ger McCarthy said that restoration of the hall will bring immense pride back to Nenagh.
Financial controller Michael Cormack praised all those who had assisted the society to reach this day, with special mention for legal advisor Donal Smyth of PF Treacy Solicitors and North Tipperary LEADER.
Society director Greg Browne commented that the hall would soon become the envy of many other towns and allow many groups, including the Choral Society, to flourish into the future.
Committee member Gerry Scanlon, the longest serving member of the Choral Society, said that it was “a dream come true” for him after almost 45 years of service on and off the stage.
To become a donor, contact 086-3122725. The society has applied to the Revenue to become an approved body for the Charitable Donation Scheme.