Know Your Neighbour Weekend

Many thanks to all those who turned up to our tea & coffee morning in Drum Community Centre on Sunday 13th July. See the photos here and download the brochure below!

On the weekend of July 12th & 13th 2008, people across the country were encouraged to make a special effort to get to know their neighbours. The annual initiative is being promoted by Macra na Feirme and ESB, and encourages people to organise some event in their own locality to get to know their neighbours better. Drum Community Centre was the venue for one such event, where a tea and coffee morning was held on Sunday 13th July from 10.30am to 1pm.

The Drum area of south Roscommon has experienced much development and growth in recent years due to the expansion of Athlone. Unlike other areas, however, it remains a vibrant rural community. This weekend was an opportunity for the residents – both new and old – of the wider Drum area to join together to get to know each other.

Catherine Buckley, Macra national president, explains “An unfortunate symptom of modern Ireland is that as people become busier and more tied up with their own lives, the concept of community has declined and many people do not know their own neighbours.”

“The purpose of this initiative is to open a window of opportunity - over a specific weekend - whereby people will be inspired to make a small effort to mingle in a neighbourly way with people living in their own neighbourhood.”

The event in Drum was being organised by the Community of Drum website, and (speaking before the event) committee member Aidan McEvilly said that they were looking forward to meeting lots of local people on Sunday. “This is an ideal opportunity for anybody who might not be too familiar with the area to come in and find out about the community they live in and meet some of the people who live here, and the community centre is the perfect venue for such an event.”

“Whether you’ve lived in the area all your life or have just moved to Drum, you’re invited to join us this Sunday morning for a cup of tea or coffee and a chat with your neighbours and take a look around the community centre too.”

Earlier this year Drum Community Centre marked its twentieth anniversary, and launched the Community of Drum website, which went live in January. The site is updated regularly and includes the weekly parish newsletter, and aims to be a hub for the entire community by providing information about various organisations in the area.

Further details of Know Your Neighbour Weekend can be found on the Drum website or the national site

We also distributed a brochure on the day, with lots of details about Drum Community Centre and how you can get involved. You can download it below!

All photos by Ann Hennessy
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3 Aug 2008, 16:38