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Fun times in Castlemara

Published: Thur, 17 Sep 2015
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Pictured (l-r) standing  Paul McCann, Volunteer; David McCallion, Curator of ‘War Years Remembered’;seated Anne Glenn, NIHE; and Susanne Campbell, Castlemara Community Association.
Castlemara soldiers and ladies
During summer 2015 young people from Castlemara, Glenfield, Woodburn and the area immediately around Castlemara came together to enjoy an inter-community activity day.
The day was attended by over 400 young people at the Castlemara Community Centre play park.  During the day they enjoyed a range of activities including a climbing tower, bouncy assault course, dog display and Zorb football.
The event was supported by the Housing Executive’s Community Cohesion team and included a ‘Hands on History’ workshop delivered by War Years Remembered.  This was a chance for those attending to explore our shared history through the role played by an Irish soldier from the 10th Irish Brigade and 16th Irish Brigade during WW1.
Susanne Campbell, Chair, Castlemara Community Association, was delighted with how the activity day went saying:
“Members of Castlemara Community Association have been on a journey of increased engagement and community dialogue but we recognise that our area’s future is in the hands of our young people.  This event, and the preceding week’s summer scheme, is part of our aim to involve them from an early age, embedding good community relations, respect and tolerance of culture and history.
“It proved a terrific event with a lot of positive feedback from the young people and their parents.  On behalf of our community association I’d like to thank the Housing Executive for their continued support and guidance.”
Meanwhile John Read, tOur Good Relations Officer, commented:
“Castlemara Community Association’s work with the Housing Executive and other organisations has gone from strength to strength.  
“This was an opportunity to promote positive community connections and foster good relations.  We look forward to seeing the group build on this strong foundation.”
Local Area Manager, Mairead Myles-Davey, welcomed the success of the event saying:
“The message of good community relations certainly came through in Castlemara at this summer event.  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.”