Jennifer Clarke of the Ballyfermot Community and Social Enterprise Development Team organised a great event with a huge variety of groups participating in the Ballyfermot Community Civic Centre.
September 22nd can be a dodgy day, weather-wise, but the Family Fun Day, organised by the well-known GAA club Liffey Gaels at their grounds and clubhouse, was a day to remember. Not only was the weather fantastic, but the “craic” and stalls, the fun and games, had something to appeal to all ages.
The Markievicz Centre in Ballyfermot hosted a wonderful event to celebrate the achievements of the women who were participants as Community Employment (CE) workers, where they were awarded their FETAC Certificates.
In the past, I was the Independent Chairman of the Labre Park Inter-Agency Committee in Ballyfermot and learned a lot about the developments in a range of areas, not least of which was the role education is playing in the life of Travellers.
Ballyfermot has been transformed from the days of the slanging “Bally Far Away” days to what it is now: a hugely organised and integrated community with services that are the envy of other “older” communities like Drimnagh and Crumlin.