CATHOLICS raised almost half of the €9.5m it cost to stage last year's 50th International Eucharistic Congress.
According to documents filed with the Companies Office, individual parishioners, church organisations and the religious themselves donated close to €4.3m between 2009 and 2012 to enable Ireland to host the first International Eucharistic Congress here since 1932.
The event in June 2012 – which drew more than 100,000 Roman Catholics from 120 countries – came in under budget and generated an estimated €33m in spin-off revenue for the Irish economy, the congress's former programme manager Anne Griffin told the religious website Catholicireland.net.
There was even a bit left over to put towards the next national Eucharistic Congress to be held here, the details of which have yet to be announced.
The final audited statements for the 50th International Eucharistic Congress, which were filed yesterday by the limited liability company, reveal a surplus of €38,057.
A quarter of the funds raised for the event came from individual benefactors here and abroad, while just under a third, or 30pc, of the operating costs were generated during the event itself.