Friday 22 November 2019

Southend community celebrates Street Fest

Theresa Redmond, Ann Redmond, Lyda Busher, Marie Bermingham and John Bermingham
Theresa Redmond, Ann Redmond, Lyda Busher, Marie Bermingham and John Bermingham

Simon Bourke

The fourth annual Southend Family Resource Centre (SFRC) Street Fest saw members of the local community come together last weekend for a special day of celebrations.

Gathering round tables bedecked in yellow and purple, families from the area shared food they'd brought themselves, dishes cooked and baked in the kitchens of Southend homes.

And when all the cakes and delicacies had been consumed, the work of those involved in the centre was recognised with a series of certificates presented by Wexford Mayor George Lawlor.

Members of the Southend Kayaking and Sailing Club received certificates in watersports. Damien Foley, Marian Cullen, Declan Geoghan and Jos Kehoe received their awards for passing Rescue & Emergency Care Level 3. John Cullen collected his certificate in National Powerboat and Basic Sailing Skills, and Eugene Duggan and Darren Philips collected certs for R.E.C., National Powerboat and Basic Sailing.

The training for all those taking sailing courses was funded through Healthy Ireland and Wexford County Council.

And for Siobhan Hayden of SFRC this was the best Street Fest yet, 'It went absolutely fantastically, we had a bigger crowd than ever. The presentations were incorporated into it. It's about bringing people together, having a chat with your neighbour, and celebrating the community of Southend,' she said.

Thanking Danone for their continual support and for providing water on the day, Siobhan said it was a pleasure for all staff and volunteers at the centre to be part of something so empowering and exciting.

Wexford People

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