August 2013

Building reaching roof height Blessed with good weather all through the summer season great progress has been made on the building of the new Centre.

The poroton clay blocks used in the construction of the walls slot easily into place. The walls are now almost complete on most of the building. Preparations are now being made for the installation of the roofs.

However, the two circular rooms, the St. Brigid room and the Flame Room, are a little more challenging to build.

Brigid room - view from the North
The steel frame, which will support the circular roof, is clearly visible on the St. Brigid room.

Hermitage foundation    Progress is also being made on the
foundations for the Hermitages.

 

We would welcome your support in the building of the Centre.
One way to contribute to the new Centre is to donate a block – €10 or $20 US. You will then be able to see “your block” as the walls begin to rise.

Donations can be made through the donation page on this website. It is estimated that 17,000 blocks will be required.

There are now 16,700 blocks waiting to be claimed!

Walls of new Centre rising

Blocks risingThere was excitement during the past few weeks as work began on laying the poroton blocks. These blocks are a special clay block used to build highly insulated walls without a cavity. The blocks have a honeycomb-like pattern when viewed from above.

After the painstaking work of laying the first layer with great precision it was great to finally see the walls rising.100_1260

We are assured by Stephen that we will see immense progress over the next few weeks.

Donate a block

One whttp://solasbhride.ie/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/mycharitysmall.gifay to contribute to the new Centre is to donate a block – €10 or $20 US. You will then be able to see “your block” as the walls begin to rise.
Donations can be made through the donation page on this website.

It is estimated that 17,000 blocks will be required.
There are now 16,897 blocks waiting to be claimed!

We would really appreciate your support.

Taking Shape

 

Development Update: June 25th 2013

Unloading blocksThe first delivery of blocks arrived on site on June 25th. The poroton blocks are a special clay block used to build highly insulated walls without a cavity. The blocks have a honeycomb-like pattern when viewed from above.

Stephen with block

Stephen Smyth, site foreman, holds one of the blocks.

Donate a Block.mycharitysmall

One way to contribute to the new Centre is to donate a block – €10 or $20 US. You will then be able to see “your block” as the walls begin to rise. Donations can be made through the donation page on this website.

There are 17,000 blocks waiting to be claimed!

 

 

Stephen and Leadership Team

Brigidine Sisters Leadership Team visit the site

On Tuesday, June 19th, the Brigidine Leadership team were given a detailed tour of the site. In the photograph, Stephen points out the different features of the Centre from the site drawing to the team. (Mary Slattery, Claire Griffin, Mary Minehan, SolasBhride, Kathleen Butler, Rita Minehan, SolasBhride and Louise Cleary.)

 

June 5th 2013

June 5th 2013

Laying the blocks for subfloorThe construction of the new Centre continues steadily unhindered by rain. A miracle for Ireland! On the day these pictures were taken the sun beamed down on the brick layers as they prepared the subfloors.

 

 

 

Steve and subfloorStephen Smyth, Foreman, was happy to give an update on the progress and to explain the process of installing the subfloors, some of which are already in place. He went on to inform us that the laying of the eco blocks for the walls should begin within the next couple of weeks.

 

 

 

Conference roomThe circular foundation of the Conference Room is clearly visible in this picture.

 

 

 

Brigid cross in foundationThe St. Brigid Cross woven on the day the sod was turned nestles neatly in the foundation of the Brigid Flame Room. All who have supported the Centre and those who will do so in the future were remembered as the cross was mindfully woven.

 

 

Donate a Block

In the coming weeks we will be promoting our “Donate a Block” campaign. If you would like to contribute to the new Centre you can do so by donating a block – €10 or $15 US. You will then be able to see “your block” as the walls begin to rise.Donations can be made through the donation page on this website.

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April 30th 2013

On April 30th 2013,  the first

First load of concrete

First lorry of concrete arrives on the construction site

The first lorry load of concrete arrived on site for the Solas Bhride Centre and Hermitages.  Mary, Phil and Rita donned the hard helmets and high visibility vests as they went on site to place a St. Brigid’s cross in the foundation as the first bucket of concrete was poured.  The foreman, Steve, said he attributed the good weather conditions for construction, to St. Brigid!

Mary, Rita and Phil

Mary, Rita and Phil prepare to place a St. Brigid cross into the foundation

Rita, Steve of Manley Construction, and Mary

Steve, Rita and Mary review the site map