Laois communities urged to plan their big May day

FESTIVAL: Laois people can get National Community Day grants

Conor Ganly

Reporter:

Conor Ganly

Laois communities urged to plan their big May day

Aoife and Roisin McHugh with Jeca The Clown at The Folly festival in Cullohill last summer Picture: Alf Harvey

Communities around Laois are being urged to apply for support to hold events to celebrate life in their localities this summer.

Last September, Minister for Rural & Community Development, Mr Michael Ring launched the National Community Day to be held for the first time over the May Bank Holiday Weekend, 2019.

Laois Local Community Development Committee is asking local communities to come up with proposals for events in their areas to take place over the May Bank Holiday Weekend, May 4-6 2019.

The Committee believes the initiative can succeed if people come together.

“The success of this initiative lies in local communities coming together to plan events that will work best for their area. Events will be very much driven by communities.

“This celebration belongs to everyone. These could include themes around sport, history, baking, anything that will help neighbours to come together. It could be as simple as neighbours coming together for a cup of tea and a chat.

“Community groups are encouraged to consider events held through the medium of Irish.

“The event is a celebration of the great spirit of community that exists across the country and an effort to help people who share communities, to come together, get to know each other and deepen the sense of community in their area. The event is a chance for people to foster a sense of helping each other by coming together, not just on that day, but all year round. It’s the chance for everyone to get know all members of their community, to reconnect with neighbours and have a celebration together that is open, inclusive and local,” said a statement.

Applications are welcome from community and voluntary groups, organisations and residents’ groups within County Laois. The closing date for applications is Wednesday, March 6 2019.

For an application form and guidelines please contact the Community Development Section, Laois County Council, by email at dce@laosicoco.ie or phone 057 8664169.