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Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Dancing at the Berrings Crossroads Wins Award at twelfth Annual Pride in Our Community Competition

Berrings Community Association have won second place in the Best Maintained Category at the 12th Annual Muintir na Tire Pride in our Community Awards held in Oriel House Ballincollig.
Berrings Community Association aimed to revive an old tradition of dancing at the cross-roads while at the same time creating an opportunity for neighbours to meet and socialise together, as a result the dancing at the crossroads at Berrings Cross every Saturday night in June, July and August was initiated in 2010. The imitative has gone from strength to strength and now marque has been set up, in the car park, beside a closed pub at the Berrings Cross roads. The area, which could have been allowed to become derelict, has been painted and flowers planted to bring as much colour as possible at the Cross. The old dances are danced each week such as the Sluabh Luacra, Ballyvourney jig and "Berrings Slosh". Young local musicians are encouraged to play along with the professional bands. The dances are attended by young and old with up to 150 people attending any night. The dance is never cancelled as the school hall, just meters away, has kindly been made available to us by the school.

Mayor of County Cork Councillor Seamus McGrath congratulated them and said that it was great to see the effort being put in by them and other community groups in developing locally-based Amenity/ Projects which are of long-term benefit to their local community all over County Cork’

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