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Carna’s new Community Cafe has donated €1000 to the Ukrainian Red Cross appeal, thanks to the village’s love of tea, cakes and good old-fashioned conversation.

The brainchild of a group of sea-swimming enthusiasts living in the area, the weekly cafe started just before Easter to help people start socializing again after COVID-19 restrictions were lifted.

Simply looking to cover the costs – with the bakers and cafe servers all volunteering and charging just one euro for a cup of tea or a piece of cake – the team decided that any excess income would be donated to charity. .

Little did they know that just five weeks later they would be handing over €1,000 to the Red Cross.

“The initial goal was not to raise funds at all, we just wanted to provide a friendly, welcoming and affordable place where people could come and chat and see each other again,” said Máirín Ní Churraoin, who runs the local Post. Office.

“But it turned out to be more popular than we could have imagined, so we decided that any income generated should go to a good cause – for this first donation, we all thought the Call of the Cross -Ukrainian Red was an obvious choice.”

Ukraine’s appeal is all the more appropriate given the Café’s location: the dining room of the Carna Bay Hotel, which currently houses people who have fled the conflict.

“We are delighted to be able to support this fantastic initiative, it’s just great to see people going out and socializing over a piece of cake again,” said Karl Rogers of Carna Bay Hotel.

“And with tea, musicians and chat, it’s a great way for our Ukrainian guests to meet the locals and experience Irish culture firsthand.”

At the most recent event, on Saturday May 7, Irish Red Cross Conamara Regional Director Niall O’Meachair was on hand to withdraw a check for €1,000.

“We are absolutely delighted to receive this money from the Community Café in Carna, and thanks to the work of the Red Cross, we will ensure that it is used to help those affected by this horrible, horrible conflict. »

The Community Café is held every Saturday at the Carna Bay Hotel, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

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