KASI Host ‘Killarney Le Chéile’ Day
*** Please note, due to wet weather, the event has been moved to St. Oliver’s National School, Ballycasheen, Killarney. Eircode V93 W594
KASI – Killarney Immigrant Support Centre, are hosting an intercultural day – Killarney Le Chéile (Together) – on Saturday 8th July 2023, to highlight to contributions of migrant and local communities towards positive integration in Killarney, Kerry and Ireland.
The event, being held in St. Oliver’s National School, will feature live music and interactive art, as well as food from the KASI World Kitchen. A participatory drum-show from Drum Dance Ireland will also be held, as well as other activities, with people of all ages invited to join.
KASI Coordinator, Marilyn Catapat-Counihan, looks forward to hosting KASI’s first public event since before Covid-19.
“This is our first opportunity to hold an event like this in the past few years, and we welcome everyone in Killarney and further afield to come over to the Cathedral Grounds on the day to make it extra special. The pandemic, followed by the war in Ukraine, have presented some unprecedented challenges to society in recent years, and already vulnerable migrant communities were often impacted the most. We are proud to support people in the most vulnerable situations through uncertain times, and we are also delighted to be able to host such a positive, forward-looking event like this.”
Killarney Le Chéile will be held from 12pm to 4pm on Saturday 8th July. Additional activities at the event will be listed via KASI’s social media channels in the lead-up to the event.
Ms Counihan sees the event as an opportunity to reflect on the work done to foster integration in recent times, including in the past year, when over 75,000 people arrived in Ireland from Ukraine.
“We want to also use the day as a platform to acknowledge the wonderful sense of community and togetherness here in Killarney. The community has continued to be incredible in stepping-up to welcome people in need of a safe haven from war and persecution, who in turn have gone on to enrich our society. We will continue to promote that positive integration.”
KASI’s Killarney Le Chéile is funded by Healthy Ireland. The event is free and all are welcome.