Christmas in Tipperary: Nenagh woman Sandra Farrell organises Christmas dinners for local community

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Christmas in Tipperary: Nenagh woman Sandra Farrell organises Christmas dinners for local community

Sandra Farrell, top right, with the organisers of the Christmas Community Dinner in Nenagh's Scouts Hall on Christmas Day

The true meaning of Christmas will be felt again in Nenagh this year as Sandra Farrell and her team of friends and family aims to provide a festive community spirit at the Scouts Hall on Christmas Day.

This year's event will be in memory Ollie Hickey, the event's chef and who was instrumental in the success of last year's dinner. Sadly, Ollie passed away earlier this month.

Last year's inaugural Christmas Day community dinner was a great successand, everyone and anyone that would like to attend from Nenagh and its environs are welcome, said Sandra.

“Many services do not operate on Christmas Day and many people are left with no resources, no one to share this special day with, or no one to talk to and nowhere to go,” she said.

The feeling of family and community is at the heart of the initiative and this is very important, so that it doesn’t feel like an organised event, rather a friendly gathering at Christmas, she said.

According to Sandra, the event is meant to be fun and informal and an opportunity to be with other people and maybe make new friends.

Sandra wants to encourage people from all different walks of life to attend.

“We had guests last year who just had come off night duty and their family were away. We had guests who were alone on Christmas Day and would like to have company and a bit of fun and festivities. There is no differentiation between our guests and volunteers. All of us sit down and eat together,” she said.

On Christmas Eve, the organisers will be preparing the food and decorating the venue, and volunteers are on stand-by to collect any person on Christmas morning who requires a lift.

“Once in the Scouts Hall, we all will enjoy carol singing, entertainment and a traditional, freshly cooked lunch. It is our intention to have a fun filled festive day starting at midday,” said Sandra.

The event is free.

This year, Sandra and her team will be also provide a meals on wheels service to people within a five-mile radius of Nenagh.

The dinners will be delivered by volunteers around midday.

We must say a special thanks to the Nenagh Choral Society committee for the use of the Scouts Hall and to various other businesses and organisations for their support of our initiative.

If you would like to join us as a guest or you would like to avail of the “meals on wheels” service, then call Sandra on 087-6989401 or email nenaghxmasdinner@gmail.com. Prebooking is essential.