Our Lady’s Hall Mourne Road was the venue for the very exciting and colourful Arts & Crafts Fair 2010. The Fair ran for two days and it was wonderful to see this fine hall back in use for this exciting and innovative event. 

I hope that this is only the first of many more Arts and Craft Fair’s to be held here and you can get the feel for the event by going looking at some photos HERE. 

The Dublin 12 Women’s Action Group staged another fundraising event with a Sale of Work in their premises in Inishmore House, Crumlin Village. An earlier date was set but had to be cancelled owing to the horrendous weather and full marks must be awarded to this merry band of sincere and determined women who persevered and had the event on the 10th. December. See photos HERE. 

Link: http://www.d12womensactiongroup.org/link_us.shtml 

Digital AwardsThe Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) in Aungier Street along with the many sponsors of the Digital Community Programme are to be complimented on doing a fantastic job. The project was established 10 years ago by the DIT Community Links Programme which now has 25 Centres located mainly in Dublin City Council flat complexes around the City.

These Centres are equipped with high quality ICT hardware and software, which have been provided by project partners, Hewlett Packard and Microsoft.

This year alone, 150 people have been awarded certificates at a range of levels and based on previous experience, many will go on to the next level.

At the presentation of Certificates for the participants Minister Pat Carey along with the Lord Mayor and the President of the DIT Professor Brian Norton with Professor Tommy Cook presented Mr. Gerard Devereux of the John Bosco Community Centre in Drimnagh with the Student of the Year Award.

Again it is proven that the Youth of Drimnagh have excelled so congratulations to The Bosco and Gerard for making Drimnagh a proud community.

Other projects that were successful were my good friends from The Orchard Centre, Cherry Orchard men and ladies computer group, so congratulations to all for their participants.

And last but not least were the groups from the Fatima Community Centre who also must be applauded and congratulated.

You can see the pictures of the presentations and those celebrating on behalf of their communities by pressing HERE

DiwaliIt is interesting that the more diverse our society becomes the more we learn about other cultures and their big national holidays.

Because of my role as the Chairperson of The City Development Board in Dublin City Council and working closely with the Council’s Office For Integration I attend many events from the Chinese to the Pilipino to, like last night, the celebration of Diwali which is an Indian and South Asian celebration, as big to those communities as Christmas is to our Christian citizens.

Not only did the Minister for Integration, Equality and Human Rights, Mary White TD attend but Minister Conor Lenihan the man in charge of Science, Technology, Innovation, and Natural Resources took time off his busy schedule along with the 3 Mayors from Dublin City, Fingal and Dun Laoghaire/Rathdrum to celebrate with the Indian Ambassador and Indian community in Ireland.

Mr.P.S.Raghavan the Indian Ambassador to Ireland was in attendance along with Mr.Prashant Shukla, Director of The Ireland/India Council. Master of Ceremonies was Ms .Loreto Redmond

Read more ...

IctuAs part of the International Trade Union opposition to the cut-backs that Governments throughout Europe are engaged in, where the poorer sections of our society and workers are being targeted for cuts, the Irish Council of Trade Unions organised a protest march on Dail Eireann.

What was most noticeable was the support forthcoming from the Community Sector who are now organised into a Branch of S.I.P.T.U.

Often I am surprised that it is not fully appreciated just how much is being contributed by the Voluntary and Community Sector  to servicing the problems created by the ills of our society.
Read more ...