Celebrating Nigerian Independence Day in Carrick-on-Shannon

Philip Rooney

Reporter:

Philip Rooney

Celebrating Nigerian Independence Day in Carrick-on-Shannon

Celebrating Nigerian Independence Day in The Market Yard, Carrick-on-Shannon.

A wonderful event to celebrate the 56th anniversary of Nigerian Independence was recently held in Carrick-on-Shannon. The event was organised by Leitrim International Community Group with the assistance of Leitrim Development Company and Breffni Family Resource Centre.

This event, which took place in the Market Yard in Carrick-on-Shannon, proved a lively occasion with the beat of African drumming; face painting for children, a taste of some delicious Nigerian food and an opportunity to learn about Nigerian culture.

Display stands outlined the history of Nigeria and some well-known folk tales were available for people to view.
The Nigerian community in Carrick-on-Shannon were pleased to have an opportunity to celebrate this event which is a significant day in their country.

Leitrim International Community Group which organised the event is a new group established with the assistance of Leitrim Development Company and currently meets fortnightly in Breffni Family Resource Centre on Tuesdays from 1pm to 3pm. Members are from a range of countries including Nigeria, Panama, Estonia, India, Kurdistan and Ireland. The group provides an opportunity for members to share their experiences, increase understanding of different cultures, bring everyone together in a shared space and promote integration.

We would like to thank everyone who made this event such an enjoyable occasion including Breffni Family Resource Centre, Leitrim Development Company, the Market Yard, and members of the Leitrim International Community Group and everyone who attended the event.

This Nigerian Independence Day event was funded jointly by the Community Foundation of Ireland and Leitrim Development Company through the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP).