€10k in Community Integration funding for Ballaghaderreen

Ballaghaderreen will receive €10,000 for two projects as part of a €566,000 national allocation of Community Integration funding announced this week by Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth Roderic O’Gorman.

As part of the funding, Ballaghaderreen Integration Initiative will receive €5,000 and €5,000 will go to Ballaghaderreen Commmunity Games for the integration of Syrian and Afghani refugee children.

Elsewhere in the county, Boyle Cares will receive €4,500, Donamon Refugee Centre Support Project will get €4,990, and the Fáilte Ukraine Rossie Radio Project will benefit from €4,950.

Local Fine Gael representatives have welcomed the announcement with Senator Aisling Dolan highlighting the fund’s importance in helping families integrate into their new communities.

“Children can find it easier to settle in once they are in school and learn very quickly…it can be more challenging at an older age so these projects can be ways to help people get more involved,” she said.

“It is a competitive fund and some have not been successful. I want to thank all community groups who applied for this fund and are always looking at how to make events more inclusive of everyone who lives in our county”.

Ballaghaderreen Community Games’ funding will go towards the integration of young Afghan and Syrian refugees while the Refugee Support in Ballaghaderreen and Boyle Family Resource Centre have also been given funding to support families.

Meanwhile, Roscommon LEADER’s funding will go towards the Donamon Fáilte Centre and the group’s continued work with families from Ukraine. The Roscommon Lions Club’s funding of €5,000 will be put towards their efforts in supporting Ukrainians through their Fáilte Ukraine Rossie Radio project.

Minister of State Frank Feighan, meanwhile, has also welcomed funding for Boyle Family Resource Centre’s Boyle Cares project as well as seven similar projects in Sligo and Leitrim, which shared just over €30,000.

Minister Feighan congratulated the successful applicants and commended them for their good work in promoting integration in their community.