Members of the Kritem family from Syria (seated and standing), pictured with (standing) Deirdre Garrett, Deirdre Hartigan, Agnes Scully, and (seated right) Siobhan Farrell, at the Integration Evening
The Monasterevin Youth Action group held a very successful integration evening with the members of the Reception Centre at the former Hazel Hotel on Friday, November 17 last.
There was a great turn out at the event which had both Irish and Syrian dancing, music and poetry.
“It was fantastic,” said Pat Balfe from Monasterevin Youth Action.
“As a group we accessed a community grant from the integration fund to host the event.
We will run two events overall with the grant, one last Friday and another one on December 1 next. Both events will be run with the reception integration centre at the Hazel.”
According to Pat there were over 100 people from the reception centre there as well as around 40 locals from Monasterevin.
“We organised it to show both a mix of two cultures with music and dance from both the Syrians and the Irish. There was over a 100 from the Reception Centre there and anything from 40 to 50 residents from Monasterevin,” he added.
“It was supported by the community integration fund and member of Monasterevin Youth Action as well as support from St Paul's secondary school and staff from the Reception Centre.
The local dancers were from the Michelle Mary Morrissey School of Dance.
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