Kearney commends the community spirit of Crumlin Gaeilgeoirí
South Antrim MLA Declan Kearney has warmly commended the community spirit of all those involved in promoting the Irish language in Crumlin village and surrounding area.
Speaking after a 'clean up' initiative at Ionad Teaghlaigh, where Naíscoil Ghleann Darach is based, and which is adjacent to the thriving Gaeilscoil Ghleann Darach, the local MLA said:
"I was delighted to participate in today's clean up initiative in this part of Crumlin, which is now synonymous with the promotion of Irish medium education, the Irish language, music, dance, and Gaelic games. Importantly however, the facilities at Ionad Teaghlaigh are also extensively used by the wider community.
"Ionad Teaghlaigh in Crumlin and local pobal na Gaeilge have become integral to village life and worked very hard to develop an inclusive and welcoming ethos. The fruit of those efforts was clearly evident with the widespread support for this community clean up, which included the parents of both the Gaelscoil and Naíscoil, members of Naomh Séamas CLG, the local Men's Shed, our friends from the newly arrived Syrian community, and local Sinn Féin Cumann. Everyone who helped today deserves huge thanks.
"Ionad Teaghlaigh plays an important community development role in Crumlin. It is an excellent role model for other areas, and I am confident that it will continue to flourish in the future.
"The success of this initiative in Crumlin brought to mind for me the Irish proverb "Is ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine". And the future is indeed bright when our diverse community comes together on the basis of solidarity, cooperation and interdependence.
"I want to place on record my appreciation for the practical assistance provided for this clean up by the environmental services department of the local council, and particularly, the generous sponsorship from Mercury Security."