Fashion Fundraiser For Swords Church

St Columbas fundraiserPictured at the Fashion Fundraiser for St Columba's Church, Swords are Joanne Mooney and Caitriona Dixon

As part of the fundraising effort to raise funds for the restoration of St. Columba’s Church in Swords, a very successful ‘Swish the Rails’ event took place on Friday, 6th March last in the Old Borough School Parish Hall.
The hard work by the fundraising committee in preparation for the evening, which included the gathering of an extensive amount of new and next-to-new clothes, assembly of clothes rails and catwalk for the models paid off handsomely, with a return of almost €3,500.
The situation with regard to restoring St Columba’s Church continues apace. Two years ago, a section of the ceiling in the chancel collapsed, forcing the church to close. A collective decision was made by parishioners to try to reopen, rather than let this beautiful church fall into disrepair. A fundraising committee was set up to raise funds to resolve the ceiling problem, and a host of additional faults including the electrics, heating, plasterwork, windows.
Fundraising committee member, Derek Evans told the County Leader, “Throughout 2014, the committee worked strenuously to raise funds and with generous grant-aids from Fingal County Council and Irish Georgian Society, donations and fundraising events, it was possible to resolve the ceiling problem and reopen the church before Christmas.
Our next undertakings are the electrics and restoring the mosaic windows and frames,” he said.