Cricket brings community together
It was an evening with a difference when members of the local Sri Lankan community joined together to play a very special cricket tournament recently.
Over 120 people showed up to the Wexford Wanderers Cricket Club to take part, including those from Wexford and across the country. Although the event kicked off later than expected due to bad weather, Wexford Wanderers member and main organiser of the event Sudath Peiris said it was a brilliant day that was enjoyed by all.
'It was great to have so many people there from all over Ireland,' said Sudath, who has been a member of the club since 2010.
The day began with a men's tournament, followed by one for females and another for children. After the sporting events, tired participants relaxed and enjoyed some traditional Sri Lankan music and homemade food.
'We had two drums on the day. After the games, we spent over an hour in the clubhouse singing our own songs and enjoying food brought by the families,' said Sudath, who was joined by his family and several friends on the day.
The tournament was a repeat of last year's tournament which proved to be equally enjoyable. According to Sudath, it was set up to be more than just a sporting event.
'We want to teach our children more about our culture and cricket is a very important part of that,' he explained. 'We hope to do it again next year.'
The tournament is one of many events organised by the local Sri Lankan community, who have quite a strong presence in the county. According to Sudath, there are at least 11 families of Sri Lankan descent living in Wexford at the moment. In April, many of them celebrated Tamil New Year in Gorey Civic Square where they were joined by Wexford County Council chairman Malcolm Byrne and vice chairman of the Gorey Municipal District Joe Sullivan.