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An air display with a difference.

An air display with a difference.

Huntura.

Huntura.

Jasmina and Amir.

Jasmina and Amir.

Builders Taras and Lauren.

Builders Taras and Lauren.

A dancing display.

A dancing display.

Maggie Jones, president of Wicklow Town ICA, with Ava and Tanya Antonova.

Maggie Jones, president of Wicklow Town ICA, with Ava and Tanya Antonova.

Maria, Michael, Irna, Olena and Nadia.

Maria, Michael, Irna, Olena and Nadia.

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An air display with a difference.

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WICKLOW Parish held a family fun-day on Sunday for Ukrainian families living in the area at the De La Salle Pastoral Centre.

There was a large attendance as visitors were treated to indoor games, some music, face painting and even a little bit of dancing. Lisa Heenan carried out contemporary dance classes, and some traditional Ukrainian folk dancing was incorporated into the routine, especially for the occasion.

Guests also brought along their own food to share with one another, while bingo proved a real success.

Fr Donal Roche said: “It was a great day and everyone enjoyed themselves. It was particularly poignant for the adults in attendance as Sunday marked the fifth month since the war began in Ukraine. We had a translator who was our MC for the occasion, and she got quite emotional as she spoke about the war and its impact.

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“It was a lovely distraction for the kids and their parents enjoyed watching them having fun. It was a very welcome distraction for everyone.”


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