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Roscommon community marks arrival of Ukrainian refugees with anniversary ceremony

Mar 15, 2023 15:33 By Shannonside News
Roscommon community marks arrival of Ukrainian refugees with anniversary ceremony
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Music, dance, face painting, sports and Ukrainian food will be open to everyone.

A special ceremony will be held in Roscommon later this week to mark the first anniversary of the arrival of Refugees from the war in Ukraine to the county.

Roscommon is currently hosting several hundred refugees in homes, hotels and centers who were forced to flee the conflict over the last year.

People from across the region are being invited to join members of the Roscommon Ukrainian Community in marking the date this Saturday at Donamon Castle.

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A special day of music, dance, face painting, sports and Ukrainian food will be open to everyone from the region on Saturday afternoon from one to four.

The Better Together Community Commemoration event is being hosted by Roscommon Volunteer centre.

Clodagh McNiff from the centre has been speaking to Ciara Mannion about how the last year has been for those families forced to flee the war:

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'They really wanted to welcome the local people into their space as a way to say thank you for helping them to settle in.

This community event will actually fall on the one year anniversary of the Ukrainian people arriving to Donamon.

This falls on Saturday the 18th of March and thought this would be a lovely way to celebrate the Irishness and the Ukrainian people.'

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