Special Awards
Welcome Group Kenmare, Co Kerry

Summary:

Based in Kenmare, County Kerry, the Welcome Group Kenmare, was formed to welcome, support and encourage the social integration of the residents of Atlantic Lodge (A Direct Provision facility) into the community. The Welcome Group works closely with the management and residents at Atlantic Lodge, all local activity groups, Kenmare Family Resource Centre, government agencies, schools, churches and the warm and hospitable people and businesses of Kenmare and hinterlands. The people living in Atlantic Lodge are of many different nationalities, single people, couples and families with young and school age children. They are encouraged to join local groups as well as attending English language courses, conversational language groups and the Weekly Coffee Morning. Many have joined groups involved in Walking, Football, Basketball, Writing, Theatre, Gardening Groups, Cookery Classes, Choirs, Gym and actively participate as volunteers with many local projects. A Homework Group and Toddler Play Area has added to the smiling faces in this great community.

Group Contact: Helena Switzer, hswitzer@kerrycoco.ie

Citation:

“a group that epitomised, what a true Irish welcome is, as they welcomed a very diverse group of foreign nationals to their town. This group had suffered extraordinary difficulties on their long journey to a new future. The judges witnessed a story of compassion, dignity, respect, care and generosity in every human way, possible.”