|Chapter Member Irene Donegan provided a report from the event
“A very successful event took place at the Cavan Crystal Hotel in Cavan which was well attended by local Community Groups and local public representatives as well as local statutory bodies.
Guest speakers on the day were Anthony J. Quinn, currently Writer in Residence in Cavan, Con Cullen, Senior Youth Worker at Bounce Back, Grainne Boyle, Social Inclusion Department from Cavan County Council, Zeinab El Mustapha, a Sudanese woman who has chosen Cavan as her home and Vanda Brady, from the Philippines, now living in Mullahoran in County Cavan. Michelle Boyle, the well-known artist currently living in Cavan was very supportive of the event and sent a painting to be displayed on the day together with a written contribution to the event outlining how her artistic practice explores place and belonging. The very talented poet, Fidel Hogan Walsh, a leading light in the Cavan Chapter, opened and closed the event with two beautiful compositions. The MC for the day was the confident and charming Julie McAvinney, another leading light in the Cavan Chapter.
The highlight of the day was showcasing the videos created by the Group. The videos are a series of composing interviews with a good cross section of diverse people living throughout County Cavan by “extractor” Maria Jordan O’Reilly from Cavan Chapter. In keeping with our aim to promote integration and diversity, the videos were created via a collaboration between Brian Daly of Drumlin Media, Cavan and Dimitri Germanov, a Latvian student studying media studies in Cavan. The resultant videos are stunning.
The audience participated in a workshop to consult on the key issues and gather information on the barriers and constraints that may sometimes inhibit integration efforts. However, two main themes were clearly evident on the day. Firstly, Cavan was seen as a very safe place to live by people who come to live in it and secondly, the Local Link Network needs further development to enable better integration of the whole community.
Well done to everyone in Cavan Next Chapter for a wonderful launch event.”