Newpark Residents Festive Celebration

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Newpark residents gathered, in large numbers last Saturday for the annual older peoples Christmas Dinner. It proved to be a fun filled evening of reminiscences as friends and neighbours chatted and swapped some exaggerated stories of bygone days. Proceedings began when Una Lennon lit the Remembrance Candle acknowledging all deceased members of the estate particularly those that had passed away during the last year. Guest of Honour Sgt John Duffy said he felt very much at home with the people of Newpark as his mother Ena (Lennon) was born in the estate. Sgt Duffy acknowledged the interaction between the Newpark Residents Association and the Garda Community Engagement team and insisted these connections promoted understanding and positive community development that are beneficial to society.

The festive celebration was embellished by the attendance of Mayor Joe Malone who praised the residents of Newpark as a shining example of constructive community interaction. He had particular words of praise for the young Litter Heroes and for those that encourage nature and enhance the aesthetics of the estate with colourful and pollinator friendly planting schemes.

Representing St John’s parish Fr Dan Carroll remarked that he always found the residents of Newpark to be friendly and welcoming and with his colleague Fr Ray Dempsey and church sacristan Jane Dineen, he felt privileged to be involved in organising the annual outdoor community Mass.

Music provided by ‘The Talented Troubadour’, Tom Hickey resonated with the guests and the singing and party atmosphere continued late into the evening. A musical interlude by Liliya Niemtsova and Oksana Kurovets added an unique Ukrainian flavour to the festivities.

Vice Chairman of the Newpark Residents Association, Jack Fahy thanked local businesses who had sponsored prizes and encouraged everyone to shop local. He also had words of thanks for all who helped make the day a memorable and successful occasion. Finally, on behalf of the Newpark Residents Association, Jack wished everyone a happy and a peaceful Christmas.

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