Emerald Lakes TTC Group

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andrew.slevin • 28 September 2022

Emerald Lakes TTC Group:  Since We rang in the new year of 2022, the year has been action packed, hectic, joyful, productive, and positive. Emerald Lakes TTC Group has evolved into a hugely productive group working on the group in our respective communities enhancing cultural experience through Music, Song, Dance & Film.

Emerald Lakes TTC Group at One Million Stars Event: A huge well done to all involved including our teen dancers, singers and musician’s who gave their time for the One Million Stars event on Saturday 7th May at Belvedere to mark a Domestic Violence Campaign to which began in Australia. Emerald Lakes alongside singers Aine & Ciara Doyle entertained the crowds and Tourists at Belvedere. Well done to you all & thank you for giving back to our community. We wish to express our appreciation to Westmeath County Council and the team at Belvedere House & Gardens

Emerald Lakes TTC Group with the LauraLynn Foundation & Riverdance at the Gaeity: The impact of covid-19 has affected many charities & voluntary groups and as a voluntary group ourselves we partnered up with The LauraLynn Foundation to raise awareness in the Community. Emerald Lakes TTC Group were then selected by Riverdance at the Gaiety Theatre to perform with the cast of Riverdance to recognise our efforts of cultural work, awareness and our raising of funds for the LauraLynn Foundation. This enabled Emerald Lakes TTC Group to afford 70 members of our community a trip to Dublin to perform outside the Gaiety Theatre. Our Grass roots members of Emerald Lakes TTC Group raised €2450 in our community to aid this important charity. This was indeed a very proud day for Emerald Lakes were me bridge the gap between community group, charity & performance.

Fleadh Cheol Na hEireann – Mullingar: Another proud moment for our county, Mullingar and Emerald Lakes was our Volunteering work at the Fleadh. Our group members work daily to help assist the fleadh committee to fill the important boots of the Volunteer. We ensured our younger members were able to connect with visitors to the Fleadh to bring a level of Community to the event by help and encouraging visitors to take part and share in our cultural dance & music experience. One of our most memorable experiences was to perform on the GIG RIG at Blackhall place where over 70 Members of our group took to the stage to perform a 25min show piece. The performance attracted thousands of audience members. We are working hard locally to build on the enthusiasm & energy created by the Fleadh which will enable us to continue to connect more and more of our community through cultural activity & experience.

All Ireland Championships – Another hugely proud moment was our first attendance to the All Ireland Championships where our members took part in 2 days of fantastic feisanna at the The Victory Centre Arena in Tallaght, Dublin. We active all our members to compete with our members ranging with ages from 5 to 74 years of age. Blaithin Stenson & Rachel Doyle where both crowned All Ireland Champions with our Teams Groups coming in on the podiums as top 5 finishers. This adds to a hugely successful year where Zofia Bielicka was crowned World Irish Dance Champion in Germany this year.

Creative Lives by Creative Places Project – Emerald Lakes was very proud to be part of the Creative Lives Project in Edenderry. This group reached out to us to try and mobilise local people to connect through Culture. We worked on this project for 6 weeks with a hugely positive outcome for the town of Edenderry. They now have various activities up and running to keep their Community Active but more importantly “Creative”

Croke Park Performance: Emerald Lakes TTC Group will perform in Croke Park in the Coming Weeks as part of an Event. As a recognised cultural group we are able to give a rounded exhibition of what County Westmeath can give to such events.

Culture Night: Emerald Lakes TTC Group have worked with the committee of Rochfortbridge Community Centre CLG to bring Culture Night to the local Community with performances from local Schools, Ukranian Community, Local Musicians, Film Makers, and dancers!

Farewell to Philip: Emerald Lakes TTC Group have a fantastic team in place as always but we would like to wish Philip Hynes the very best in his future as he moves to new projects in his home county and thank him for his contribution to the group. Our Volunteer Team of Kevin Lyster, Elaine Long, Marilyn Loran, Rachel Doyle, Ciara Doyle to name a few are working hard in brining “Cultural Connection” to all.