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Irish charities receive library donations worth €10,000 from Bord Gáis Energy

26.02.16

The Bord Gáis Energy Donate a Library programme has seen seven libraries donated to charities throughout Ireland, worth a combined value of over €10,000.

As a result of the Bord Gáis Energy initiative, voluntary groups in Cork, Kilkenny, Dublin, Tipperary, Cavan, Roscommon and Galway will shortly take ownership of new libraries worth €1500 each. The charities all offer support and practical services for people within their communities. Following a call for entry last autumn, hundreds of nominations were received from all over the country and, after much deliberation by the judges, the seven charities were selected. The judging panel included campaign ambassador Lisa Duffy, Gert Ackerman from charity advocacy group The Wheel and TV3 Ireland AM presenter, Sinead Desmond.

Speaking about Donate a Library and in recognition of the work of all of the charities and community groups selected, Claire Smith from Bord Gáis Energy said, "We were overwhelmed by the number of nominations we received and it’s humbling to see the work that these voluntary groups do in their communities. The winners all offer support and services to a diverse group of people in need and we’re really happy to help their work in some small way".

The seven recipients under the Donate a Library programme 2016 are:

  • Nenagh Men's Shed, Co. Tipperary - offers support and training to men in need of assistance in the community.
  • DeafHear, Co. Dublin - provides help and support for parents of deaf children using cochlear implants or hearing aids.
  • CUAN Co. Cavan - a cancer support group for people living in the environs of Cavan
  • Caha, Beara Peninsula, Co. Cork – a family resource centre working with families facing a range of challenges.
  • Rainbow Rooms Autism Unit, Athlone, Co Roscommon - provides support for children with autism and their parents
  • Kilkenny & Carlow Contact Group, Co Kilkenny - a befriending service for people living alone in the area.
  • The Bridge Resource Centre, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway - part of the Galway Simon Community, it is a drop-in centre that offers support to street drinkers, rough sleepers, those experiencing homelessness or those at risk of homelessness.

The Bord Gáis Energy Donate a Library programme was set up in 2011 and this year will see the twentieth library donated by the company to an Irish charity or voluntary group. Recipients are from all over the country and include aged care facilities, schools, parish centres and community support groups. For more information visit the Bord Gáis Energy book club website