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Trio Of Groups To Work Together To Celebrate Diversity In Cahir This Christmas

Together Ireland, an organisation set up to promote and enable greater integration in Irish towns, is to team up with Tipperary County Council and the Tipperary Volunteer Centre to organise a celebration of Cahir's rich diversity of nationalities this festive season.

On Saturday, December 8th, to coincide with the switching on of the Christmas lights in the town, it's hoped stalls with an international theme will be in place in the square with music, food and performances from the town's non-Irish residents.

Almost 30 percent of Cahir's population is non-Irish according to the 2016 census.

“As Irish people many of us know, only too well, what it's like to be away from home at Christmas time. This initiative, we hope, will be a celebratory occasion for those in the town who originally hail from other countries around the world. It's about integration so we hope the event helps bring all the people of the town together. We know Cahir has around 40 different nationalities so we're expecting a rich variety of colours, sounds and smells to fill the air on the evening of December 8th,” explained Graham Clifford from Together Ireland.

Its also hoped a parade to the square in the town can include groups from the town's many different ethnic groups complete with flags and national colours.

Organisers are busy putting together a programme for the evening's entertainment - with the diversity element being just one part.

Together Ireland is currently running a pilot programme in the towns of Cahir, Fermoy and Mitchelstown focussing on the areas of integration and community engagement.

The next meeting of the Together Ireland group in Cahir will take place next Monday, November 5th at the Cahir House Hotel starting at 7.30pm.

“Now we want the people of the town to play their part in suggesting what we should do to celebrate the town's diversity on December 8th,” explained Clifford, adding “we want to hear from the Polish, Egyptian, Lithuanian, Romanian, British and Slovaks living in the town, from everyone and anyone. It's so important that this event, so kindly supported by Tipperary County Council and the Tipperary Volunteer centre, is truly reflective of the town's many cultures, its rich talent pool and diverse energy. Let's see what we can do working together. So, please come along next Monday and be part of the conversation. We need you. Cahir needs you.”