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  • Northside East

Locals feature on TV programme 

Friday, 17th August, 2018 1:00pm
Locals feature on TV programme 

Presenter John Creedon and crew pictured with members of the Balbriggan Summerfest Committee. PHOTOS: BALBRIGGAN.INFO

Locals feature on TV programme 

Presenter John Creedon and crew pictured with members of the Balbriggan Summerfest Committee. PHOTOS: BALBRIGGAN.INFO

BALBRIGGAN locals were given the opportunity to watch themselves on TV recently when they took part in a popular programme. 

John Creedon visited Balbriggan in June as part of his ‘The Road Less Travelled’ show and the programme aired on RTE 1 on August 5.   

Motoring on three different routes and avoiding the motorway infrastructure, John Creedon travels the scenic landscapes and streetscapes and brings to life the stories that lie beneath the tarmac and fields along the road less travelled.

During his travels from Dublin to Belfast John’s first stop was Balbriggan, where he visited a Pentecostal church and the Taste of the Nations’ Food Fair at the Balbriggan Summerfest. 

The town was basking in glorious sunshine on the day of his visit. The day began with John attending his first Pentecostal mass and chatting to Pastor Elizabeth. Elizabeth is originally from Nigeria and for the last eight years she has been living in Balbriggan, which she loves. She is a preacher at the ‘The Redeemed Christian Church of God’ which is a Pentecostal church and denomination founded in Lagos, Nigeria, and is one of the many new churches to come to Balbriggan in recent years. 

The next stop on John’s journey was the Balbriggan Summerfest which was in full swing during his visit. 

John rolled up his sleeves to help serve food with Balbriggan Integration Forum’s Betsy Abu at the multicultural Taste of the Nations’ Food Fair which was part of the festival. 

This initiative sees members of the community bring along their native food dishes to share with the public. 

The food fair featured foods from 10 different countries:  Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Liberia, South Sudan, Poland, Ukraine, the Philippians Ethiopia and Libya. Ireland was also represented with crisp sandwiches a popular choice!

Betsy Abu, who has recently won a Mayor’s award for her work in the community, came to Balbriggan from Sierra Leone 13 years ago where she works with Balbriggan Integration Forum and lives with her husband Joseph, son Patrick and daughter Emma. 

Speaking about the food fair she said sharing and eating food together is a great way to meet your community. 

Balbriggan Integration Forum is a voluntary body that aims to promote social, cultural, educational and economic integration, insofar as possible, by addressing common needs through creative responses that will lead to improved access to services, support systems and community facilities within the area.

Deputy Mayor of Fingal, Cllr Grainne Maguire, said it was great to have Balbriggan featured on the programme.

“We were delighted that the visit coincided with the Summerfest when the people of Balbriggan, young and old and of every nationality were enjoying this community event together in the glorious sunshine,” said Cllr Maguire.

“I have been involved with Summerfest from the beginning and it is wonderful to see Balbriggan’s new multicultural community embracing the festival with events like the Tastes of the Nations’ Food Fair.”

Cllr Maguire, along with two other Balbriggan councillors, Malachy Quinn (SF) and Tony Murphy (Ind), is part of the Balbriggan Leadership Group that is working with Fingal County Council to develop a long-term socio-economic strategy for Balbriggan. 

The leadership group will oversee the preparation, drafting and agreement of the strategy which will be finalised and delivered in the autumn.

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