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Fun times in Leafair

Published: Wed, 19 Aug 2015
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All the fun of the Leafair
Leafair fun day
Moss Park was recently the venue for a festival full of fun hosted by Leafair Community Association.
A number of other communities in the area also held fun days and in the late afternoon many of them gathered together at St Brigid’s High School for a grand finale.
Community spirit burned brightly at St Brigid’s as the range of activities, which suited all ages attending the festival, were greatly enjoyed.  Many of the initial events along with the grand finale were supported with small amounts of funding by our Community Cohesion team.  
The Outer North Festival was an inter-generational event and those who came along had the chance to meet many of their favourite cartoon characters, enjoy bouncy castles, have their face painted, indulge in some nail art, take part in a variety of art and crafts and amaze at street performers.  There was certainly something to keep everyone entertained.
Peter McDonald, from Leafair Community Association, was pleased with how the festival went commenting:
“We were keen to host the intergenerational grand finale event at St Brigid’s to help build on the great work which has taken place over the past few years.  Forming strong relationships in the community and encouraging improved understanding is central to making sure the area does not return to the scenes witnessed only a few years ago.  
“This fun festival has made a considerable in road to supporting our aim of achieving better relationships across all ages.  On behalf of the festival organisers I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the Housing Executive for their support without it we would not have been able to go ahead.”
Eddie Breslin, from our Community Cohesion Team, said:
“This festival is now in its third year and has proved a great success during what was in the past a difficult time for the local community.  Providing alternative activities, such as this festival, has given something positive to work towards and enjoy.  We were pleased to play our part in fostering good community spirit and have found this small amount of funding has gone a long way to encouraging a real sense of this.”
Meanwhile the Housing Executive’s Area Manager, Avril McAllister, welcomed the success of the festival saying:
“The message of good community relations certainly came through with this fun festival.  I commend the hard work of everyone involved in helping promote such a positive community spirit in the area and I am pleased the Housing Executive was able to play its part.”