Newry people have been voting to dance for hope! But more support is needed now – as the countdown starts towards the final voting deadline on Tuesday coming.

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That’s the message from Iúr Cinn Fleadh as it expands its annual festival programme to break down barriers and bring people together across Newry - using traditional song and dance on pop-up stages. And you can help make it happen.

All you have to do is vote for the Dancing On The Greens project - which plans to launch dance events on 12 estates and part of the city centre that’s been struggling with shop closures. Your vote could help bring hope to local communities and businesses.

Dancing on the Greens in Newry in 2017. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/
Dancing on the Greens in Newry in 2017. Photograph: Columba O'Hare/

The scheme features on the Aviva Community Fund webpage. Visitors to the site can vote for their favourite project to receive financial backing. Iúr Cinn Fleadh needs £10,000 to make Dancing On The Greens happen. Voting deadline is 20th November. 

Year 1 of the project took place the Sunday before 2017 Iúr Cinn Fleadh. Dancers took their art-form to three housing estates at - Rooney's Meadow, Mourneview Park and Kilmorey Park Cowan Street.

Year 2 will see inclusion of a drummer group plus an ethnic dancing/singing group - reaching six housing estates and taking in Hill Street, Newry. Workshops will train people to take part. Then Year 3 will reach nine estates, with drummers and singers.

There will be two world record attempts - the most people on a City Centre street wearing a Kevin Bell jersey - and the most participants for a ceilidh dance on a city centre street.  A grand total of 12 estates will be covered in Year Four.

‘Iúr Cinn Fleadh likes to expand the boundaries of the music and activities within the festival,’ said Fleadh committee member Columba O’Hare. ‘Dancing on The Greens will inspire people to form singing and dancing groups on housing estates - breaking down isolation and bringing people together.

‘This spectacle of sound, colour and dance will boost the city’s wellbeing by uniting people across the community and bring life back to one of the city’s main streets. It will be great for local people and businesses.’

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