Kinlough Church Friends of Ireland thank supporters as fundraising goal nears

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Friends of Kinlough Church of Ireland have sent their sincere thanks to everyone who has supported their recent fundraising campaign to restore and preserve the beautiful church for the congregation and the local community.

The campaign was officially launched last October, with €22,887 of their €25,000 goal having been raised so far.

The money, together with a €20,000 grant from the Leitrim County Council Historic Structure Fund 2021, will help with the most significant renovations to the church in living memory, including the restoration of the tower of the clock and the waterproofing of the roof of the church.

The church, also known by its title Rossinver Parish Church, is in the heart of the village of Kinlough and was built in 1820.

Joan Regan, treasurer of the Church’s vestry committee, noted how touched the congregation was by the response to the campaign.

“We have received donations from our congregation, from our local community, from all over Leitrim and the North West, and from far beyond.

“Many people from abroad have also reached out to record their family’s connection to the church, while many locals have also spoken of the place it holds in Kinlough’s cultural, social and built heritage.

“We are delighted with the response and hope to reach our total of €25,000 in time for the end of March.”

The Friends of Kinlough group have indicated their intention to expand the use of the church as a community facility.

The beautiful building in the heart of the village and community lends itself well to musical performances and conferences, while the grounds are currently used for dog shows and occasional garage sales.

A well-attended presentation on Leitrim and Sligo’s First World War experiences, featuring Ballinamore historian Padraig Griffin, author of ‘Leitrim Echoes of the Great War’, and Sligo war experiences expert Simone Hickey , was held in the church before the annual memorial service last November.

A jazz concert scheduled for December was canceled by public health restrictions, but more concerts will take place in 2022.
GoFundMe page

All donations are always welcome on the GoFundMe page as the group hopes to reach its fundraising goal of €25,000 by the end of March. Go to if you want to contribute: https://gofund.me/ba0b8692

You can keep up to date with all the planned activities on the Church’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Church-of-Ireland-Kinlough-107754342889486/

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