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New Church Approved For Kinsealy

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The Church of Our Lady of the Visitation in Drynam, Kinsealy has been approved by the Archbishop’s House to replace the existing prefab church that has been used since 1988. Fundraising is underway to help aquire funds to erect a permanent structure that will serve the needs of the local communities of Drynam, Kinsealy Court, Melrose, Kinsealy Downs, Holywell and surrounding areas. This is welcome news for all the residents of Kinsealy, after they have been attending all local services in the prefab for the last twenty nine years.

Des O’Connell, Chairperson of The Drynam Pastoral Team told the County Leader, “ We are happy that we can go ahead now and begin to fundraise for a structural building. The Archbishop’s house haven’t agreed any amount of money with us, but have been of a great support and help. We haven’t decided what the structure will be like as we need to see what monies are available and then present our planning to the County Council. We are a working class community so we have to be realistic about the new church build and there is a long road to go before we can decide on how we are going to afford this”.

He continued, “We have the Archbishop’s blessing but no money is available from them at the moment. Our small community has now over 2,600 homes and that’s not including the new houses being built in Kettle’s Lane. We don’t get many people wanting to be married in the prefab building as it’s not a very attractive venue for couples on their wedding day. However we have a lovely field beside it that is great for photographs”.

Fundraising will kick off this Friday the 19th at 8pm in the Riasc Centre, Feltrim Road, with Our Lady Of Victories Gospel Choir who will be performing ‘Voices of Hope’. Tickets are E10 and available from the parish office on Seatown Road.

The local community must raise a very large amount of money to build the church and have a detailed fundraising plan to achieve this. There is room for anybody who is interested in helping to assist the existing fund raising committee on a voluntary basis. If you feel you would be interested in helping out contact the Drynam Pastoral Team at drynamchurch@gmail.com