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Just one in four know next door neighbour

THE friendly neighbour is a dying breed.

Irish people no longer feel comfortable popping next door for a cup of sugar or a brew, with many not even knowing the names of their neighbours.

According to a new survey, one in four no longer knows anything about the people living on the same street.

And nearly half of those surveyed, around 47pc, claimed that they knew their neighbours only to say hello to, but that was it.

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The problem is worst in urban communities, where 25pc said they 'didn't know their neighbours at all'.

The study was carried out by Centra as part of their third annual Street Feast.

It found that 30pc of people "hadn't spoken to their neighbours in the past six months", while 8pc claimed they had "never spoken to their neighbours at all".

The answer as to why we have so little contact with those around us may lie in the lack of effort made by existing tenants when new families move in.

Some 64pc people said that they "wouldn't bother to go and welcome a new neighbour to the area".

However, at the same time, most movers want somebody to greet them after moving into a new home.

Of those who responded to the survey, 62pc admitted that they would like to be welcomed into a new area if they moved.

COMMUNITY

When questioned as to their community involvement and responsibilities, 72pc of people replied that they have no involvement in their local residents association or group.

On a less serious note, the survey also posed the question of which celebrities we would prefer to have as our neighbours.

To this, 34pc said rugby star Brian O'Driscoll, his actress wife Amy Huberman and their newborn Sadie. Bono received 7pc of the vote.

Street Feast was founded in 2010 by a group of volunteers aiming to unite neighbours through food, with the hope of bringing lasting improvements to communities.

Roughly 200 Street Feasts have been registered across the country, with most of the events due to take place on June 23.

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