Uachtaran na hEireann lends His Support to Know Your Neighbour Weekend
Irish people have always prided themselves on their strong sense of community and their reputation for being a welcoming and friendly nation. These are characteristics which still define us a people and as a society. In a modern and increasingly urbanised world, however, it can be very easy for neighbours to remain strangers and for people moving to new communities to become isolated and alone. “Know Your Neighbours Weekend” provides us with an opportunity to reflect on the importance of community; and the value of building and maintaining friendships and connections within our neighbourhoods.
I would encourage everyone to use this weekend to use this weekend to reach out a hand of friendship to their neighbours; especially to those who may be lonely, in need of support, or living far away from family and relatives. By connecting with our neighbours we are helping to ensure the future of our communities and are creating a truly inclusive society of which we can all be proud.
I congratulate and thank Macra na Feirme for once again putting so much work into this important and worthwhile initiative.
Michael D. Higgins
Uachtaran na hEireann
President of Ireland