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The Craic in Glack was Mighty!

Published: Wed, 22 Aug 2018
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Sports training in full swing at the community festival
Residents from far and wide came to enjoy the ‘Craic in Glack’ community festival, which saw three days of awesomeness unfold last weekend.
Glack Community Association, in partnership with Glack GAC, organised the festival after carrying out a community audit to gauge local residents’ views.  The results from the community audit showed there was a clear demand for more community based activities, to build community relations and promote Glack as a welcoming area in the beautiful countryside, just outside Limavady.
Officially launched on Friday, 3 August with funding provided through the Housing Executive’s Community Cohesion Unit, the ‘Craic in Glack’ festival had a packed itinerary.  This included a 2 day summer sports camp for kids aged 5-16, a tea dance, community bingo, free adult health checks, family disco, as well as a large marquee to host evening entertainment for the local residents over 50.
The last day of the festival was given over to a retro sports day, and was also an opportunity to showcase future community programmes, encouraging volunteers to build on the relationships formed for future community events.
Housing Executive Staff with residents and children at the festival
Karen Campbell from Glack Community Association was delighted with the number of people attending from the local community.  She said:
“We wanted people to come and enjoy the festival, and the response has been amazing.  This was our opportunity to promote Glack as an area welcoming to everyone regardless of religious or community background, as well as reducing rural isolation and encouraging people to get out and about.
“The turnout of people shows the event has been a brilliant success and has given us great promise for future community events and initiatives.  Oh, and the craic was mighty!”
Local Housing Executive patch manager, Siobhan Crilly also attended the festival with Gareth Doran, Good Relations Officer.  Siobhan said:
“I was delighted to come along to this festival to get to know people and see the community thriving, which it clearly is.  Funding from the Housing Executive for local events is definitely worthwhile.”