Flaming hell....what a neck!

By fintan Lambe

Fire eater, Dhammika Ranaweera in action during the Sinhala and Tamil new year celebrations in Gorey Civic Square.
Fire eater, Dhammika Ranaweera in action during the Sinhala and Tamil new year celebrations in Gorey Civic Square.

A TRADITIONAL fire dance was one of many highlights as the South East Sri Lankan Irish Association celebrated the Sinhala and Tamil New Year last Wednesday at Gorey Civic Square.

Members of the local Sri Lankan community were welcomed to the civic offices by Wexford County Council chairman Malcolm Byrne and vice chairman of the Gorey Municipal District Joe Sullivan.

The event began with a traditional procession and ceremony during which children placed garlands around the dignitaries' necks. This was followed by a formal candle lighting ceremony, the raising of the Sri Lankan and Irish flags, and the playing of the national anthems.

The spectators were then treated to four traditional dances from visiting Sri Lankan dancers from the UK, as well as some Irish dancing.

'It was a lovely day, and a colourful, social event,' said Librarian Hazel Percival.

The library is hosting a two-week exhibition on Sri Lanka, and also hosted a curry cookery demonstration yesterday, Monday.

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