Dunamaise on target but more is needed

Actor Robert Sheehan with friends of Dunamaise Paula Flanagan and Katie Connolly at the launch of the Dunamaise Arts Centre Red or Black Fundraiser, Thursday 27 December 2012.Picture: Alf Harvey, no reproduction fee.
THE Dunamaise Arts Centre recently held their AGM, the results of which show that the fundraising efforts made over the past year have paid off. However, both the chairman of the board Louis Brennan and centre director Michelle de Forge have said that the centre still has a large deficit and will need more support and fundraising.

THE Dunamaise Arts Centre recently held their AGM, the results of which show that the fundraising efforts made over the past year have paid off. However, both the chairman of the board Louis Brennan and centre director Michelle de Forge have said that the centre still has a large deficit and will need more support and fundraising.

Last year the centre’s board and management made a crisis appeal to the public and to promoters, which culminated in a public meeting to inform people that the Arts Centre was in financial difficulty. At the time the accumulated deficit was of the order of €200,000 with the possibility of a further loss of €25,000 during 2012.

At the AGM held earlier this month, the board announced that last year’s target of €25,000 was successfully fundraised through various means including a golf classic, a supermarket bag-pack, Christmas auction, fundraising concerts and donations. The Friends of Dunamaise scheme was also generously supported.

Louis Brennan stated: “The board, management and staff of Dunamaise are delighted that we reached our fundraising target in 2012 and we would like to sincerely thank our patrons, volunteers and donors who contributed and supported our efforts so generously. The passion, support and goodwill of local communities was palpable over the past year and these efforts are paying off but we have a lot more work to do in 2013/2014 with a target of €25,000+ to achieve, in order to keep our doors open”.

Louis expressed his thanks to all who have supported the centre so far and said that exciting things are planned.

Michelle de Forge added to this: “While Dunamaise has achieved some stability over the past year, we appeal to the public for vital ongoing support. I am delighted to head up the team into our next phase of ambitious arts development. We are working to significantly increase our audience over the coming year, so just buying tickets to a film or show, trying out a new event or introducing friends to Dunamaise’s wide range of arts activities, is a huge support to us. We’re here for everyone in the community to experience and enjoy.”