All set for Sunday food markets at the KASI community garden

Tadhg Evans

The Big Hello, Ireland's national community weekend, takes place this May Bank Holiday weekend, and over at KASI - the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre - they felt it was the perfect time to launch their own food market.

It is hoped to run a food market every Sunday at the KASI Community Garden in Ballycasheen from this weekend on.

KASI Coordinator Marilyn Catapat-Counihan has invited the public to the first of these markets - an afternoon of food, music, African drumming, face-painting, and more - from 1pm to 4pm this Sunday, May 5.

"It is funded by Kerry County Council, and we feel it will be a great way of bringing communities together here," she said. "We have a lovely garden here and there is plenty space to hold an event like this. We thought that The Big Hello weekend was the perfect time to launch it as it is all about communities.

"It will be a very nice event, and it is also a great way of promoting local produce, which is good for the locality and good for the environment," she added.

KASI aims is to support asylum seekers, refugees, migrant workers, and their families; and help such people integrate into the local community. Among its services is the free provision of information; advocacy; English classes; homework support; outreach to Direct Provision Centres; training and workshops; and much more besides. To find out more, visit or; phone (064) 662 0705; or e-mail