Taste of ‘porridge’ for Loughgall parishioners

Thirty-six parishioners are getting locked up to raise funds for the Parish.
Thirty-six parishioners are getting locked up to raise funds for the Parish.
Share this article

Thirty-six parishioners in Loughgall are taking part in a novel and exciting fundraiser to raise vital funds.

The group of parishioners, including the Parish Priest of Loughgall Parish, have agreed to be ‘sentenced’ to one night in Belfast’s Crumlin Road Gaol on Friday, April 24.

In order to be released, each ‘prisoner’ must raise bail of £2,000 beforehand.

Not surprisingly, the ‘inmates’ have been busy seeking sponsorship, and a variety of slightly more conventional fundraisers have been organised to help raise money for the Parish. Coffee mornings, ‘Come Dine with Me’, an Irish Dance and Stew night, a Eurospar trolley dash and a ‘Singles Night’ are just a few of the events being staged to fund the Jailbreak.

Ciara MacNeice, Loughgall Jailbreak co-chair said, “This is an exciting venture and the events committee are delighted with the number of participants. Everyone is working hard to secure sponsorship. It should be a lot of fun and we are confident that Jailbreak will be very successful”.

Fr Eugene Sweeney, Parish Priest said, “I am very grateful to all concerned for their willingness to take part in Jailbreak, and for the generosity and support both from within the Parish and further afield. This will certainly help us to clear our debt while also enabling necessary capital works to proceed.”

Loughgall Parish includes communities of Collegeland, Loughgall, Maghery and Tartaraghan. Jailbreak can be supported by donating online at www.justgiving.com/loughgall-parish and full details of other fundraising events can be found on the parish Facebook page.