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‘Time is the best Christmas present anyone can give’

A DROMORE group are encouraging everyone to bring light, love and laughter to the lonely this Christmas.

The Dromore Health and Well Being committee have recently launched an initiative entitled ‘Ceili More in Dromore’ to brighten the days of locals feeling sad, lonely or isolated, particularly over the festive season.

The initiative encourages visiting older couples, people who have been bereaved, those who live in rural locations and feel cut-off from the community, families who are new to the area, parents with a new baby and carers.

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“In days gone by, heading on your ‘ceili’ was an informal visit to a friend or neighbour,” Mary McCoy of Dromore Health and Well Being and Dromore 2000 explained.

“It epitomised leisurely time well-spent, enjoying the company of others with no agenda and no clock-watching.

“With the increasing busyness and stress in our lives, coupled with the convenience of keeping in touch through social media and text messaging, we are rapidly losing the art of connecting with others face-to-face and switching-off from the rat race of everyday life.

“That’s why this winter, the Dromore Health and Well Being Committee are encouraging everyone to go ahead and arrange that wee visit.

“Winter evenings can be long and lonely, and a chat over a cuppa can brighten your own and someone else’s day.”

Mary hopes that by launching this initiative in Dromore, other communities will be inspired to follow suit.

“We are sowing the seeds, and hope that people will take more time to engage and connect with others,” Mary added. “Time is the best Christmas present anyone can give, so let someone know you are on your way and head on your ceili today.”

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