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Celebrating all that is positive in Cherry Orchard

Dublin City Council (DCC) has launched Cherry Blossoms, a new month-long programme of free events celebrating the Cherry Orchard area this April. It is organised by the City Council, a wide range of community groups and Ballyfermot Partnership.

Dublin City Council Staff and The Lord Mayor of Dublin Alison Gilliland on the launch,
Source: Dublin City Council

The aim of the project is not only to emphasise the positive in the area but also to appreciate the vibrant and caring community, despite troubles in the neighbourhood.

“The community of Cherry Orchard has had to deal with a lot of anti-social and criminal behaviour,” Vicky Kearney, acting community officer at Dublin City Council, said. “But the residents have come together as a community to stand up against it.”

Cherry Blossoms, a flower of the spring, stand for a time of renewal and change. Different events on almost every day in April will allow people to celebrate all the good things about Cherry Orchard and look to the future.

The residents of Cherry Orchard and Ballyfermot are very excited about the upcoming weeks.

Lord Mayor of Dublin Alison Gilliland.

Line dancing, holistic practice, an Easter Egg hunt, a fun run, coffee get-togethers in the morning or even some circus trainings are part of the programme. You can attend every one of those for free, although sometimes booking in advance is required.

In March the programme was launched by Lord Mayor of Dublin Alison Gilliland.

“I know Cherry Orchard has a vibrant caring community and I’m sure this month-long celebration of all that is good and positive in the area will be a great success,” she said in her speech.

“The feedback on the launch was very positive,” Kearney said. “The residents of Cherry Orchard and Ballyfermot are very excited about the upcoming weeks.”

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