How this community has embraced all it’s residents

In 2005,Maureen Fallon had the idea of hosting a street party in Bushfield Terrace which sits adjacent to The Royal Hospital. Her aim was to integrate patients with the local, surrounding community. 12 years on, the celebration has become an annual highlight. We’re delighted  that Street Feast has now become their platform for the event.

The Motivation

Maureen:We wanted to include the hospital patients in the community so this was a fantastic way to do it.

The Impact

Eric:Well it’s been a great boost for our patients. They talk about it for a good while afterwards. It’s very important to get them outdoors too.

The Importance Of Community

Maureen-As humans, we’re social animals. I have no children. So it’s wonderful to to get the opportunity to be involved with families & children and generally to feel as if you have connections.

Bart: It’s nice to pop out cook some food, have a hotdog or have a glass of wine with your neighbours. And just sit down and have a chat face to face. It’s the connection that sometimes you miss in today’s age.

Hosting Tips

Eric: Cooperation with the neighbours is a big one.

Bart: It’s great to get a variety of people to come. You get young and old , people who have left. It makes it a great experience because people bring different types of food or drink. That also helps .. is to have a good contribution of people.

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Street Feast is a day of local lunches across Ireland hosted by you and your neighbours. They can be anywhere really - out on the street, in a local park or in your front garden.

There are lots of good reasons to have a Street Feast, but it's really just a great excuse to eat great food, celebrate your local community and meet new people who live near you. For all our latest news check out Neighbourhood Network News