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How to get to Know Your Neighbour

Community get-together weekend is coming up in July – here are some inventive ideas to get your event started…

Image: Macra na Feirme

DO YOU KNOW your neigbours? That’s a question being asked by youth organisation Macra na Feirme ahead of its Know Your Neighbour weekend.

The initiative, now in its seventh year, wants people to take time out to socialise with their community – you can register an event and download tips, ideas and resources at knowyourneighbour.ie or by texting KYN with your name and address to 51444. There are prizes of a SAORVIEW-approved TV and a One for All voucher worth €150 for the best photos of a Know Your Neighbour event – you can send your event photos to macranafeirme@gmail.com.

There is a serious purpose to the Know Your Neighbour weekend (it’s on 14 and 15 July) -  a survey last year found that only 57 per cent of Irish people know their neigbours well and interact with them on a regular basis. The growing trend of people living alone, coupled with longer life spans, increases the risk of social isolation for some people.

But back to the fun bit… What kind of get-together could you organise with your neigbours? Macra have some practical suggestions here (eg, BBQ, a night at the dogs, local area tidy-up, sports evening, treasure hunt, coffee morning, classes etc.)

Here are a few more extreme suggestions… just for fun. Don’t try all these at home.

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  • Have a tomato fight

    Or a pillow fight... or a potato fight... This is a scene from the annual tomato fight in Sutamarchan in Colombia. Pic: AP Photo/Fernando Vergara.
  • Have a Hunger Games tournament...

    ...Just make sure to replace the arrow tips with rubber ones, okay? Pic: TheHungerGamesMovie.com
  • Make a bit of community art

    Get everyone to bring over the books they no longer need. Pile them on top of each other. Ta-daa: A literary tower. (Alternatively, you could do something good with it, and donate them all to charity). Pic: AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin.
  • Leave your house alarm on

    You'll find on your return that you will be VERY well known among your neighbours. We can't guarantee you'll be well liked though. Pic: Matt Crossick/EMPICS Entertainment/PA Wire.
  • Have an Irish toga party

    Replace togas with thermals for obvious reasons. Pic: AZAdam/Flickr.com
  • Mass parachute jump

    Do it for charity and get all ages involved: after all, if this 97-year-old man, George Moyse, from Bournemouth, England, could do it... Pic: Dave Pratt/PA Wire.

Do you have any sensible ideas for a street party? Let us know in the comments below.

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