Street­feast tick­les the taste­buds in Knock­na­gree

The Corkman - - FRONT PAGE - SHEILA FITZGER­ALD

DIN­ING al fresco was the theme in Knock­na­gree last Sun­day when lo­cals got to­gether to cel­e­brate Street Feast Day.

The Fair Green at the heart of the vil­lage pro­vided the per­fect set­ting and mother na­ture duly obliged with sun­shine and balmy tem­per­a­tures through­out the day.

The laden ta­bles were groan­ing with a fine se­lec­tion of food and bev­er­ages and there were plenty of ac­tiv­i­ties to keep the chil­dren en­ter­tained.

Maíread Cronin who was one of the event or­gan­is­ers told The Cork­man that days such as this were a per­fect way to en­cour­age and foster com­mu­nity spirit.

“In Knock­na­gree, we re­al­ize the im­por­tance of com­mu­nity to­geth­er­ness and here in our beau­ti­ful Fair Green peo­ple of all ages and na­tion­al­i­ties can en­joy sit­ting down to meals to­gether,” said Maíread.

“This has pro­vided a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to share good food, con­ver­sa­tion and strengthen re­la­tion­ships with our neigh­bours,” she added.

Or­gan­is­ers thanked the Fair­field and hall Com­mit­tees and Knock­na­gree De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion for their help in run­ning the Street Feast.

The con­cept of Street Feast was first in­tro­duced in Dublin in 2010 as a means to re­duce iso­la­tion and boost com­mu­nity re­silience.

Pres­i­dent Michael D Higgins be­came the pa­tron in 2016 and this novel way of min­gling within com­mu­ni­ties has been grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity each year all across Ire­land.

Pho­tos: Sheila Fitzger­ald.

Va­lerie and Mike Doyle, Coleen and De­nis Line­han and Mau­reen Shan­non clearly had a ball at t lasts Sun­day’s Street Feast in Knock­na­gree.

Street Feast or­gan­is­ers Mar­garet Gould­ing, Noreen McSweeney, Mairead Cronin, Breda Twomey, Michael John O’ Ma­hony, Benny O’Dea, Ju­nior Gould­ing, Denny O’ Ma­hony and Carmel O’Ma­hony.

Cáit, Peter and Kyle Koziel; Mairead and Sean Cur­ran, and Mary and Mike Mur­phy pose for the cam­era lens at the Knock­na­gree Street Feast.

Mar­ian Hickey, Jane O’Ke­effe, Mary Fitz­patrick, Sheila McSweeney, Patsy Mur­phy, Claire Smith and Orla O’Ma­hony savoured the at­mos­phere and aro­mas at the Knock­na­gree Street Feast.

Deb­bie Kelle­her, Con­nie Moyni­han and Jackie Hickey re­lax­ing and en­joy­ing some of the culi­nary de­lights on of­fer .

Pa­trick, Zelela, and Zach Line­han en­joyed the fam­ily fun in Knock­na­gree last Sun­day.

Eileen and Joe McAuliffe, Kil­lar­ney with De­nis Hickey, Knock­na­gree en­joy­ing fine weather and great food at Street Feast.

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