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Friends of St James' Dingle

The Friends of St James' Dingle is a voluntary non-profit organisation, formally registered as a CLG in June 2021.

Its main objective is to raise funds to conserve this historic church and graveyard and to enhance and secure its use in the 21st century as a shared spiritual cultural space and a valuable community resource.

Historic buildings require constant maintenance and repair and St James' Church is no exception. To conserve this iconic building and improve its facilities for the future over €600,000 is required.

The Friends of St James' Dingle are working hard to raise money to fund this project and are grateful for all donations received which may be made securely via PayPal.

FOSJ Update Feb 2024
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February 2024

A chairde / Friends,
We hope this finds you well.

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge your ongoing support and commitment to the St James’ Church Restoration Project and give you a status update on our activities and current challenges:

Some of you raised concerns about the recent removal of trees in the graveyard. The Friends of St James’ Dingle (FOSJ) had nothing to do with this.

Before publishing this news update, we asked the local church authorities for comment but didn’t receive any reply.

While the graveyard is looking much tidier and safer thanks to works carried out under the Town and Village Renewal scheme, the church building continues to deteriorate.

FOSJ’s main objective now is to get a long-term lease over the line with the
Representative Body of the Church of Ireland (RB), without which we cannot apply for capital funding and other support.

Both parties are agreed in principle that a lease should be in place at which time
both the planning permission and full responsibility for the project may be transferred to us.

Unfortunately, lengthy talks with the local church authorities, whose favourable written support is needed to make our case to the RB, are proving tricky.

Nonetheless the Friends of St James’ Dingle are hopeful that positive, solution-focussed dialogue will shortly resume for the sake of our much-loved building.

We remain steadfast in our commitment to getting the restoration project up and

Le meas,
Alison | Philip | Ann

St James' Church Dingle Restoration Plans

In 2015, a survey of necessary structural work determined
that the church building needs attention throughout.

Immediate requirements to ensure the church’s future include:

  • Removal of woodworm and wet rot under the stage and altar area

  • Attention to windows due to rotting timbers and gaps in the mortar

  • Repairs to the roof tower and stairwell to the balcony

  • Electricity upgrade

  • Improved fire alarm and escape routes

Additional improvements will include:

  • Additional seating

  • A stage area

  • Water line into the building

  • A disabled toilet facility and small kitchenette

  • New heating system

Friends of St James' Dingle

Alison Groves

Director and Chair

Philip King

Director and Founder Other Voices

Ann Curran


Ellie Roberts

Company Secretary

Martin Murphy

Advisory Board - Treasurer

Linda O’Neill

Advisory Board

Albert Walsh

Advisory Board

Shane Finn

Advisory Board - Dingle Peninsula Tourism Alliance

Dermot McLaughlin

Advisory Board

Rev Phyllis Jones

Advisory Board

Eric Prestage

Advisory Board

Richie Williams

Advisory Board - Dingle Business Chamber

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