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Drogheda Independent - - NEWS - By ALI­SON COMYN

THE or­gan­is­ers be­hind last year’s hugely suc­cess­ful event ‘ Taste of All Na­tions’ have had to get cre­ative this time to move the forth­com­ing event on­line.

Or­gan­ised by Hands 4 Unity, a non-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion which brings peo­ple of dif­fer­ent na­tion­al­i­ties to­gether in sup­port­ing com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pa­tion, dur­ing last year’s in­au­gu­ral event in the Bar­bican, over 200 vis­i­tors sam­pled food, dance and mu­sic from the myr­iad of cul­tures shared in Drogheda.

But COVID re­stric­tions now mean they can’t wel­come the crowds in per­son, so ev­ery­thing will be streamed live on Face­book.

‘It went so well last year, that we re­ally wanted to hold it again this year, but of course, we can’t hold it now be­cause of rules about num­bers and so­cial dis­tanc­ing,’ says or­gan­iser and Hands 4 Unity com­mit­tee chair Ejiro Ohare Strat­ton. ‘So, we are ask­ing peo­ple to join in at home, and ei­ther dress up or cook their favourite dish – or both – and send us photos while you are watch­ing our en­ter­tain­ment.’

The event will take place on Satur­day Septem­ber 26th and what en­ter­tain­ment there will be!

‘We want it to co­in­cide with Com­mu­nity In­clu­sion Week and we will have a wealth of peo­ple from all com­mu­ni­ties in the town,’ she says. ‘ We will have tra­di­tional Ir­ish, In­dian and Nige­rian, and Filipino dance, as well as some­one play­ing flute, bodhran and pi­ano.’

Sadly, the miss­ing in­gre­di­ent

this year will be the de­li­cious food from the dif­fer­ent eth­nic­i­ties, but they are hop­ing peo­ple will get into the spirit of things at home, or in the work­place.

‘It’s an all-day event and it would be great if those watch­ing us could join in with cook­ing their favourite meals and share the re­sults on our page,’ ex­plains Ejiro, who is Nige­rian and moved to Drogheda al­most 30 years ago to work with the Med­i­cal Mis­sion­ar­ies of Mary, ‘We have spot prizes for those tak­ing part, in­clud­ing vouch­ers from lo­cal restau­rants, butch­ers and fish shops, and gam­ing shops for the younger view­ers.’

The aim of the group is to help new com­mu­ni­ties in­te­grate into life in Drogheda, and to al­low all the com­mu­ni­ties, new and Ir­ish, to live to­gether in har­mony.

“Some peo­ple who come to live in Drogheda can end up iso­lated or cut off from the rest of the com­mu­nity, of­ten through no fault of their own,” ex­plains Ejiro, who is Nige­rian and moved to Drogheda al­most 30 years ago to work with the Med­i­cal Mis­sion­ar­ies of Mary,

‘We can pro­vide sup­port, and ad­vice on health­care, ed­u­ca­tion and so­cial needs. What we would re­ally like to do next is to go into some of the schools, and bring the Ir­ish and non-na­tional youths to­gether to min­gle and find out more about each other’s cul­tures.’

You can find out more at www.hand­s4u­nity.com and tune in from 12pm un­til 8pm on the Face­book page Hand­s4u­nity on Satur­day Septem­ber 26th.

Drogheda Wheel­ers Club Cham­pi­onship win­ner Shane Coll, sec­ond Bren­dan McEn­tee and third Luke Coll.

En­joy­ing the event in 2019

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