On Wednesday morning at 9am, we got a phone call to tell us that there was rain and high winds forecast for our Bealtaine event that was due to take place on Thursday 4th May. There was the potential it could be cancelled or be severely affected by the adverse weather.
Following a few calls, a collective decision was made to bring the event forward 24 hours to when the weather was due to be much more favourable.
What we witnessed between 10am and 7pm in Creggan was truly remarkable as teachers, community workers, youth leaders, sports groups, families, residents, children and young people, all pulled together and worked at breakneck speed to ensure Creggan’s first Bealtaine event went ahead.
On Wednesday night, the streets of Creggan were filled with colour and noise as over 1000 people of all ages made their way round the streets of the estate, before ending up at Greenwalk for the fire finale which saw a willow structure constructed by local young people, The Cauldron of Plenty, containing the hopes/dreams and wishes residents, set ablaze.
The event proved again what we all already know. Creggan is a brilliant place to live, work, study, play and visit. A resilient, special place filled with the best people who will always go that extra mile to support their neighbours, friends and family.
Bealtaine would not have been possible without the support of Holy Child Primary School and Nursery UnitNorth West Youth Service,
Brendan Farren, Trojans YCG, St Mary’s Scouts Creggan, Rath Mor Warriors – K1/Kickboxing & Fitness Gym.Sean Dolans Gac, St Joseph’s Boys’ SchoolSt Cecilia’s College, Derry, OLT HLCDEEDS – Dementia Engaged and Empowered in Derry & Strabane, Luxe, Pains Fireworks, Volunteer Investment ProjectNorth-West Carnival Initiative, Mayor of Derry City & Strabane District, Community Restorative Justice and SureStart Edenballymore
Special thanks to the residents of Creggan and Greenwalk for accommodating and welcoming our event. Thanks to Mickey Doherty, Ciara McCafferty, Ciaran Carlin and Ramon Ferguson for the music and entertainment.
A Communities In Transition Project funded by The Executive Office.
What We Do
The Féile involves numerous other organisations including:
Bogside & Brandywell Health Forum
Bogside & Brandywell Initiative
Each year, they all come together to deliver a fantastic and productive programme of events, which can be in the form of music, sport, education, literature, visual arts, carnivals, fun days, health, discussions, lectures & conferences, community consultation and tours. The Féile therefore is only possible thanks to the commitment and hard work of a multitude of groups, volunteers and initiatives who come together each year.
You can see updates, information and photos & videos about the work we do on our blog and film pages!
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2A Dunree Gardens