Tullamore Town Council has granted planning permission to Tullamore Community Arts Centre. The next step is to tender for building contractors and it is hoped that the tender phrase will be completed by spring 2013.
With planning permission granted, the Fundraising Team Tullamore Community Arts Centre officially handed over the €155,210 to Tullamore Community Centre Ltd. This money was raised during the recent prize draw which took place last April. The draw, which saw over 4,000 people contribute from Tullamore, across Offaly and around the world reached 75% of the target of €200,000 which the local Fundraising team have committed too.
Speaking at the handover, Chairman Des Doyle thanked the many people who got behind the draw and stated that now that planning permission has been achieved the project is another step closer to reality.
He paid tribute the draw committee, in particular to Paddy Fenning who demonstrated great leadership in driving it forward. He also paid tribute to the arts centre board who, behind the scenes have been working tirelessly and diligently for many years on work that often doesn’t get acknowledged.
Paddy Fenning said he was very proud of the many people who supported the draw, of the team leaders and almost 130 ticket sellers around the town. Also speaking at the occasion Cllr. Lar Byrne Chairman of Tullamore Town Council, said that this was a great positive project for Tullamore, an arts centre is for the people and the amount of people who have driven it this far shows how badly needed it is.
He wished the board every success and support as they drive it forward and wished the fundraising team well as they meet the final challenge of raising €45,000.
There are plans afoot to make the final amount, and the fundraising team are currently coordinating ideas and events. If you or a group or organisation you are involved in, would like to play a part in the final push for the community contribution for the centre, you are welcome to contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 057 9357400 or follow progress on Facebook.