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Launch of One Donegal Social Inclusion Week

One Donegal Social Inclusion Week is an annual event which has become an important event catering for the needs of many in the community. It is an action packed, educational, and insightful week with opportunities for community and voluntary groups, services, and educators from right across the county to showcase the work they do.

The Launch One Donegal Social Inclusion Week took place at the Festival of Colours. There was a fantastic atmosphere at An Grianan Theatre on Saturday with the Festival of Colour Holi celebration. The festival is known for celebrating spring, love, and new life. Some families perform religious ceremonies while many celebrate culture by dancing, singing, and throwing powdered paint and coloured water. Holi signals the commencement of spring. As part of the festivities, it is custom for people to throw brightly coloured powder into the air and over each other, to signal the arrival of spring. It provided for a splash of colour in Letterkenny on Saturday.

Speaking at the launch of Social Inclusion Week on Saturday in An Grianan Theatre, Deputy Chief Executive, Liam Ward said, “the stronger interagency collaboration between communities, the public and private sector in recent years has been seen in our communities over the last few years. Social Inclusion Week gives us the opportunity to promote and highlight the positive work that the public and community sectors are involved in, to reduce discrimination, poverty and social exclusion and to reflect on the challenges faced by vulnerable members of our community.”

This year’s Social Inclusion Week will take place from the 25 March to 1 April.

Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council Cllr Liam Blaney said, “the One Donegal Social Inclusion Week programme has a great variety of events happening for all abilities and ages, it also highlights the significant and valuable level of work that is on-going at a local level in Donegal and includes many events being hosted by community organisations and the Council’s Social Inclusion Unit, the Libraries and the County Museum.”

Source: Donegal County Council

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