Working together for equality

An afternoon of ‘Sharing and Thanksgiving’ takes place in Longford town on November 24 next. The event, which has been organised by The Longford International Forum Exchange (LIFE), in conjunction with ACORN and Longford Community Resources Ltd (LCRL), aims to promote integration in the county, and will take place at Kelleher’s, Main Street from 3pm-6pm.

An afternoon of ‘Sharing and Thanksgiving’ takes place in Longford town on November 24 next. The event, which has been organised by The Longford International Forum Exchange (LIFE), in conjunction with ACORN and Longford Community Resources Ltd (LCRL), aims to promote integration in the county, and will take place at Kelleher’s, Main Street from 3pm-6pm.

Organiser, Siobhán Cronogue explained to the Leader earlier this week, that the theme of the event centred around ‘Thanksgiving’, and that, participants would include people from all over the world, who currently reside in Co Longford.

“Entertainment will consist of Latvian dancers, Irish musicians, Gospel singers, Indian dancers, African singers and much, much more,” she said, adding that the event was free of charge and everyone was welcome to come along and join in the celebrations on the day.

“Entrance is free and finger food and refreshments will also be provided. Many local businesses very kindly donated amazing spot prizes for a raffle that will also be held on the day. There is an open invitation, so please come along to this fantastic intercultural event and help promote integration and a better way of living together in Longford.”

In recent years, the county has seen a rapid growth in population, which includes natives from other parts of the world that have chosen Longford as a place in which to work, rear children in and develop the communities in which they live.

“This diversity needs to be appreciated for the richness it can bring to our county,” Ms Cronogue explained further. “LIFE was established in November 2011 in an effort to address this diversity. The group has held two very successful international gatherings already and it was agreed to hold similar events every few months, from now on.

“The purpose of holding these events is to build a community in Co Longford where all people are valued as equal citizens, regardless of their race, religion or tradition.”

Everyone is invited to come along to Kelleher’s on November 24 next to appreciate the rich and diverse communities in which we live in. More information can be obtained by contacting Henrietta on (086) 1557984 or Siobhan on (043) 3347944.