LIMERICK’s oldest band has launched an appeal to refurbish their ageing band hall.
The Boherbuoy Band, which has just marked its 164th anniversary has started a major fundraising drive to replace the roof of their bandhall in Lord Edward Street, and refurbish the space.
The present band room was built in 1973 and opened by the late Jim Kemmy.
But since then, it has had no refurbishment.
Band PRO Mary Phelan says they are hoping to raise €100,000 over the next two years to allow work on the hall to go ahead.
“It is well loved but is now in a very poor state and badly in need of an upgrade, including critical items as a new roof to repair the many leaks and badly needed central heating and also to bring the building up to today’s standards in regard to health and safety and welfare conditions,” she said.
Ms Phelan added a new heating system needs to be put in place “because we are frozen there in the winter time!”.
A series of events are planned over the next year to help with the appeal, and the Boherbuoy Band are calling on the people of Limerick and businesses to help out.
A clothing, textile and old phone collection will take place from today until May 24.
Anyone who is having a clear out and would like to get rid of old clothes, books and phones are asked to drop them into the hall at Lord Edward Street on Wednesdays, 7.30 - 8.30pm, Thursdays between 6.30 and 8.30pm and Sundays, 10.30 to 11.30am.
More information from 085-7120599.