For the past few weeks we have had a display of drawings for possible changes to the parish property at the back of the church so that as many parishioners and friends of St. Teresa’s can view them.
A while ago St. Teresa’s Parish/Dublin Diocese was approached about assisting with the development of new sporting facilities in the local area. The provision of such sporting facilities is a great need in the locality and one that the parish and Archdiocese see as essential for the youth of the area. Along with this, the proposals also include some direct advantages for the parish itself; creating new parish facilities – parish house and parish pastoral centre, a reduced amount of property which is costly to maintain and setting up the parish well for the future. The parish property is owned by the Dublin Archdiocese and they are fully informed and supportive of these proposals.
The building works in the area could include a demolition of the two present parish houses and a sale of parts of the grounds to support space for the Donore Youth & Community Centre, mainly sportsgrounds. In exchange, we would get a small pastoral centre behind the church and a new parish house.
No agreement has been reached yet, discussions are ongoing and the commercial elements of the deal, naturally enough, remain confidential. If and when a formal agreement is reached between the diocese and potential purchaser, the elements of the deal will be made known in the parish.