Work on Gurranabraher Church Windows Completed

Repaired and coated windows frames

This week, M/s Beton Construction Services Ltd. completed the rehabilitation of the windows at Ascension Church, Gurranabraher. The concrete window frames had become porous over the years and began to deteriorate badly thereby endangering the beautiful stained glass windows. The work involved both the repair of the concrete and a special coating to help the building withstand the elements for the next fifty years.

We are greatful to M/s Beton for the high quality of the work and their professionalism. Overall the work cost in the region of €30,000.00. Thankfully, we received a grant from the Albert Gubay Foundation for the sum of €25,000.00. The Diocese of Cork and Ross, aware of the great efforts of the people of Gurranabraher/Churchfield over the past few years, kindly agreed to cover the remaining amount.

We are truly grateful to the Albert Gubay Foundation and to our Bishop, Fintan Gavin, for coming to our aid. This was a project that needed urgent attention but work we could not initiate ourselves due to huge financial commitments arising from work on the roof in 2019.

We have accomplished a huge amount of work over the past few years – thanks to the amazing generosity of parishioners. Not only have the people of Gurranabraher been generous financially but a good deal of work around the compound, including the painting of the interior of the Church, has been done voluntarily led by Mr Ed Connolly. There are few parishes anywhere where you will find such enthusiasm and determination.

Deteriorating concrete frames

The Albert Gubay Foundation

Albert Gubay was the son of an Iraqi father and an Irish Catholic mother. In desperate times in post-war Britain he turned his hand to many things just to survive. He ended up a Billionaire owning the Kwik Save Supermarket Chain across Britian. He recalled that he made a pact with God early in life, saying in a prayer: “Make me a millionaire and I’ll give you half of my money”. Albert Gubay never forgot that agreement he had made. Through the ‘Albert Gubay Charitable Foundation’ he has contributed millions to worthy projects initiated by the Catholic Church.

In 2010 he donated £470m of his own personal fortune to this Foundation. The Foundation, which receives around £20m annually from Gubay’s businesses, reinvests half that income into the Roman Catholic Church to fulfil Gubay’s pact with God. May Albert Gubay, who died in 2016, at the age of 85, be rewarded for his huge generosity to so many worthwhile projects.

We are greatful to M/s Beton for the high quality of the work and their professionalism. Overall the work cost in the region of €30,000.00. Thankfully, we received a grant from the Albert Gubay Foundation for the sum of €25,000.00. The Diocese of Cork and Ross, aware of the great efforts of the people of Gurranabraher/Churchfield over the past few years, kindly agreed to cover the remaining amount.

Mick and Eoin, Beton employees, smile at work well done.

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