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Saturday 26 May 2018

Summer project cancelled due to lack of venue

Aine Ryan and Kate McAdam enjoying the Greystones Summer Project fancy dress parade last year.
Aine Ryan and Kate McAdam enjoying the Greystones Summer Project fancy dress parade last year.

Mary Fogarty

Greystones Summer Project will not go ahead this year as organisers have been unable to secure a venue.

An organising meeting was held in March to start preparing for the 2018 children's event, but plans have been shelved for this year.

The summer project first took place in Greystones in 1980, with a break from 2006 until 2009, also due to lack of premises at that time.

'Watch this space - we will be back!' said organisers in a statement. They said that they are determined to return in 2019. The committee could not secure a venue due to other camp or commitments made by local schools. Venues in recent years have included St David's and Gaelscoil na Clocha Liath.

Hundreds of children aged between eight and 13 have attended the activities each year, with teenage volunteers lending a hand to keep things running smoothly. The event was always run by the community on a voluntary, non-profit making basis.

Most involved give their services free, which enables them to offer the project at a low cost. Activities over two weeks in the summer have included everything from arts and crafts to pool, baseball, and even drama, yoga and music, as well as trips to Clara Lara and Tayto Park, fancy dress parties, ceilis and karaoke.

A local parents' association founded the project when they met in 1980 to discuss the need for 'a community project which develops a community spirit'. The first ever project opened with a fancy dress parade through the town and finished with a barbecue and sing-song on the south beach. Anyone who wishes to volunteer for next year's project can find out more on the group's Facebook page.

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