Sunday 21 July 2019

Community Integration Fair brings people of Balbriggan together

Community news

Mayowa Coker at the Balbriggan Community Integration Fair.
Mayowa Coker at the Balbriggan Community Integration Fair.
Fahad Yusuf, Abdul Ola, Alessandro Mohammed King, Kealan King, Glen King and Buba at the Balbriggan Community Integration Fair in Old St George’s School
Abdarrahman and Abdallah Mukktarov at the Balbriggan Community Integration Fair in Old St George’s School.
Tiarnan, Riagan and Joseph O’Rourke at the Balbriggan Community Integration Fair.

Balbriggan Integration Forum hosted a successful Community Integration Fair in the town recently.

It all happened at the Cairde headquarters in Hampton Street and Deputy Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Gráinne Maguire (NP) was delighted to attend the event and lend her support to the occasion.

On a fantastic day for everyone who attended, there was plenty to enjoy from the face-painting and bouncy castles for the children to food from all over the world and fantastic music for the adults as well as plenty of useful information stalls manned by local community and sports groups.

Balbriggan Integration Forum (Living and Working Together) was set up as a part of Cairde Balbriggan Integration Initiatives, to address common needs across all communities based on equality, equitable access, social inclusion, human rights and responsibilities.

The Balbriggan Integration Forum is best known for the annual Tastes of Nations food fair at the Balbriggan Summerfest.

A spokesperson for the group said: 'This year, we were interviewed by John Creedon (RTE1) and featured in Creedon's Road Less Travelled.

The former Chair of the Balbriggan Integration Forum, Betsy Abu (who now works for Empower), spoke to John Creedon and features on the programme. Betsy won a Fingal Mayor's Community Volunteer Award.'

There was a great turnout on previous occasions when the Balbriggan Integration Forum held open events at the Cairde Building and the Babriggan Integration Fair was no different in that respect.

The whole event was free and the idea behind hte day was to help people to meet other residents in Balbriggan and to learn about what local groups and sports clubs have to offer as well as having a lot of fun along the way.

Fingal Independent