As it breaks ground on its latest Cork project, John Paul Construction has made a significant donation to one of Cork’s most important charitable organisations, Cork Penny Dinners.

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Pictured at John Paul Construction’s Broga House Student Accommodation site, Washington Street, Cork (l to r): Colin Crowley, Associate Director, John Paul Construction; Caitriona Twomey, Cork Penny Dinners; and Niall O’Connor, Construction Director, John Paul Construction.

Embracing the spirit of giving back to the local community, the company donated the sum to the well-known Cork organisation, Penny Dinners. With the charity’s base located just a stone’s throw from one of their current developments – Broga House Student Accommodation on Washington Street – John Paul Construction felt it appropriate to mark the great work carried out by their neighbours through the contribution.

Speaking on the company’s decision to support one of Cork’s oldest charities, Niall O’Connor, Construction Director at John Paul Construction, said: “We were aware of the amazing work carried out by Catriona Twomey and the team at Penny Dinners, so it was a no brainer for us to show our appreciation by giving back, in some small way, to the community they care for 365 days a year.”

He added: “The donation has already been put to very good use. From the delivery of hot meals around the city to the homeless, providing Emergency First Responder courses to enable those living on the streets of Cork to help one another, to facilitate the return to school or college for recovering addicts that live in Penny Dinners’ shared housing facility, it’s truly a humbling feeling to learn what a difference our contribution is making.”

Located adjacent to Penny Dinners’ headquarters on Little Hanover Street, Broga House is one of John Paul Construction’s most high-profile projects in Cork. The project will see the transformation of the former Square Deal site into a 280-bed student accommodation and mixed-use building. Designed and built by John Paul Construction, the development will span 8,500 sq metres along with internal courtyards, roof terraces, a laundry, a gym, study rooms, a library, a private dining room, reception, and a café on the ground floor for both residential and public use.

The project has created an estimated 200 jobs and is set to be completed in time for the kick-off of the 2022/23 college year.

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