Archive for January, 2010

Project Lift

We have some major work on at Charleville Castle this year – so we’re going to need more help than usual. Basically, we have long needed to move on to get more done on the project and the opportunity to do so became ours just before Christmas. Seven days before Christmas we concluded one of our best sponsorship deals ever. Through discussions with Strabag,  the main contractor for the Limerick Tunnel, we have become the proud owners of the site management and command buildings of the recently-completed Limerick Tunnel Project. These are attractive, well-designed, temporary demountable flat-pack units which can be installed where, and when, needed around Charleville Castle to provide the management and organisational facilities to take on the more challenging work. It’s a dynamic situation so we need more “hands on deck”, more volunteers and for longer periods of time. The whole project revolves around volunteership and the spirit that develops within this kind of endeavor.

Clearly Charleville Castle could be a bottom-less pit for endless amounts of money but we have proven that through volunteership we can achieve long-term sustainability through practical and committed volunteership the loyalty, and respect, develops for the long-term goals of best conservation practice under the care of a community of people who are happy to be involved, gaining somewhat from it, and proud of the advancement. So mostly, to move onto the next level, Charleville Castle needs more volunteership and better volunteer and site management facilities.

This is a big LIFT and the success of this big LIFT might depend on you. Every tiny drop of help that we can get will be needed in this intensive period of operation.  Once achieved we will be in a position to start setting our aims on projects which have been beyond our grasp – at least that is without incurring excessive risk. The roof of the chapel, link-wing and kitchen – radical improvements in the way we present this precious site to the public – these and other radical improvements will then be contemplated. But mostly we will have increased volunteer capacity and the resources that then become possible.

So we are asking you to think hard about helping. We are asking you to get behind us in a practical way – big or small. Do you have trucks to carry material? Have you site work experience and a safe pass with some time to spare? Can you help us hire the people who we can’t find as volunteers – through a donation – no matter how small? Is there other ways that you can suggest to “give us a dig out” as we move forward under the pressure of this big project?

We have set up a special dedicated email – send us your suggestions and your pledges – please or find “Charleville Castle” on facebook or drop us a line. Leave a message on our answering services 057 9323040.

Are you with us?