There was football, music, face-painting and arts at the first ever Riverfest in Riverchapel last weekend. Blessed with clear skies and warm temperatures the local community came together for an event which brought everyone together for the first in this post-pandemic era. In addition to the Riverfest, which also had stalls, shops and members of the frontline services on hand to offer some colour and cheer, the day also saw the official opening of the Riverhchapel Community Hub, an amenity which is already being put to good use.
“It’s been up and running since August of last year and it’s being used to host a number of organisations weekly meet-ups, Gorey Youth Needs have after-school classes, Barnardos, the Ladies Club use it, and the Ukrainian families meet there every Wednesday morning, Liz Byrne and her daughter Aine have been doing stellar work with those families,” said Craig Lang, Chairperson of the Riverchapel Community Complex.
Having been opened by the Cathaoirleach of the Gorey Kilmuckridge Municipal District, Pip Breen, The Hub gave way to an event which Craig said had proved a great success.
“We had an amazing day at the Riverfest. As a community we haven’t been able to do anything together since the pandemic, we had the frontline services there on the day, the fire brigade, traffic police, Irish coast guard, they all added to the atmosphere, we had mini-soccer with Courtown Hibs, a disco, live music from the Gorey Ukes and The Pucas fand arts and crafts supported by Gorey Youth Needs Group.”