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Party hats and barbecues as Street Feast comes to town

Communities across Dublin are gathering barbecues, balloons, posters and party hats for a Street Feast across the capital.

Sunday June 23 has been designated as the day to hold street parties in every neighbourhood and celebrate all aspects of being part of a local community.

Already 10 communities – Portobello, Coolock, Tallaght, Baldoyle, Stepaside, Rathfarnham, Raheny, Shankill, Harold's Cross and Drumcondra – have signed up for the get-together.

Everyone in the city is being encouraged to organise a street party to meet up with neighbours.

Street Feast was started in 2010 by a group of volunteers who were passionate about bringing people together through food, to rediscover neighbourliness as the launch pad for lasting improvements within communities.

Almost 200 Street Feasts have been held across the country to date and this year the aim is to increase that number dramatically.

Co-founder of Street Feast and native of Newtown- mountkennedy Samuel Bishop said: "We are thrilled to be bringing Street Feast back for its third year and calling on communities nationwide to get involved on June 23.

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"People can spend as little or as much as they like and hold one anywhere, from their street, front garden, a field or even their balcony.

"Street Feast gives us an excuse to get out, share food and conversation and help build stronger relations within the local community."

A recent survey showed that a quarter of the people in any community do not know their neighbours at all, and 47pc only know them to say hello to.

Nearly one third said they had not spoken to their neighbours in the past six months, 8pc had never spoken to them and two thirds said they wouldn't bother to welcome a new neighbour to the area.

The Street Feast organisers says the festivities are an excuse to eat good food, celebrate your local community and meet new people who live in your neighbourhood.

Anyone who wants to host a Street Feast or take part in one can go online to www.streetfeast.ie to check out the details.

Hosts will receive a free party pack from Centra, which is sponsoring the day, posted to their home with a guide to help make the feast a success, as well as posters invitations, balloons, party hats and bunting.

csheehy@herald.ie


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