Saturday 10 December 2016

100,000 to feast on the streets for 1916 memorial

Ciara Treacy

Published 10/06/2016 | 02:30

Street Feast host Ellie Kisyome with Arts and Heritage Minister Heather Humphreys holding Poppy Ó Breacháin (2 months) at the launch of this Sunday’s festival. Photo: Ruth Medjber
Street Feast host Ellie Kisyome with Arts and Heritage Minister Heather Humphreys holding Poppy Ó Breacháin (2 months) at the launch of this Sunday’s festival. Photo: Ruth Medjber

Communities across Ireland will commemorate 1916 by sharing a sandwich and a chat with their neighbours.

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More than 100,000 people are expected to take part in the Centenary Street Feast this Sunday, which runs as part of the Ireland 2016 programme.

The concept invites people to come together in streets, parks and gardens to reconnect with old friends and welcome new ones. To date 1,200 feasts have been confirmed.

Founding member Sam Bishop set up the initiative when he moved from Wicklow to Dublin, to encourage people to get to know those they live beside.

"Street Feast is so simple, it's a national day of street parties," he said. "This Sunday we're asking people to grab a barbecue, grab some tables and chairs and come out on to the street.

"The values of the Rising were about inclusion, equality, community and working together and that is what Street Feast is about.

"When you come home after having a chat or a sandwich, you feel more passionate about helping the community.

The event was launched by Minister for Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts and the Gaeltacht Heather Humphreys yesterday.

"I would encourage people to check out their local area and find out what is happening," she said.

Research carried out by Street Feast found that almost half of people "knew their neighbours to say hello to but that was it" while a quarter said they did not know their neighbours at all.

Irish Independent

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