Cork County Council, in collaboration with GAA clubs from around the county, today mark the launch of the inaugural Community Weekend for County Cork which will take place over the May Bank holiday weekend from May 4-6th.
The aim of the Community Weekend is to encourage people to get to know their neighbour through the hosting of fun and sociable local events over the long weekend. The initiative is a response to concerns about declining community connections and reports of feelings of increasing isolation.
Launched last month by Minister Micheal Ring T.D. and funded by the Department of Rural & Community Affairs the scheme sees local authorities around the country receiving an allocation of €10000 through their Local Community Development Committee (LCDC).
Cork County Council in consultation with their three LCDCs has taken the approach of linking with the Healthy Ireland Initiative and specifically the GAA Healthy Clubs Initiative. GAA Clubs across Cork County listed as Healthy Clubs under the GAA criteria were invited to submit applications with a focus on planning all inclusive community events for the National Community Weekend in partnership with other community groups in their areas.
Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy, welcomed the new initiative, “Today maybe more than ever, in this fast paced world we live in, we all really do need a sense of belonging and connection, it is vital to personal health and to the health of our communities. These family fun day events are an opportunity for everybody, young and old, to come together for an inclusive and fun filled celebration of community and connection and all that comes with it and I encourage everybody to get involved, get to know your neighbours and have fun.”
Four GAA Clubs across Cork, Killeagh GAA, Newtownshandrum GAA, Clonakilty GAA Club & Castlehaven GAA Club will all be hosting family fun days over the May Bank Holiday weekend.
The Details for events in Newtownshandrum are available here.