True Community Spirit Alive in Tallaght

Young volunteer appreciates the community spirit of the town — the people here 'love helping each other'

Volunteers from the Scientology Community Centre help the community dig out from the snowstorm

Neighbours, volunteers and officials in the town of Tallaght have been working together for days to dig out from under the heavy snowfall. Although snow shut down much of the country, last week’s weather brought the community together in the spirit of cooperation.

On the weekend, hundreds of local residents were out on the streets with shovels, clearing snow from paths and driveways and making the area safe for the elderly and others who were finding it difficult to get around. Cécile Carricart, originally from France and a volunteer at the Scientology Community Centre, shares her experience of helping in the area around Firhouse for the past three days. 

Cécile tells the story of an elderly man whose car was blocked by snow. The volunteer team cleared his driveway making it possible for him to get to shops for food and other necessities.

“I went out with my team to clear paths, estates and driveways from Brookview to Springfield and Old Bawn,” says Cécile. “And although the work is hard, we had heartwarming responses from the neighbours. Some came out to shovel snow with us, others offered us hot tea and coffee. There were so many people out, helping each other. My hands hurt, my back is sore but I really loved every hour of it. Tallaght is special — the people here love helping each other. I will keep going out as much as I can until the snow is gone and the area is back to normal.”

True community spirit reigns in the area while group efforts continue. 

The Church of Scientology and Community Centre in Firhouse was established in 2017 as a hub for local activities and events, in keeping with Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard’s intention that all Scientology organisations are to serve as a home for the entire community and a meeting ground for cooperative efforts. Working side by side with all denominations and other groups on civic and humanitarian initiatives to strengthen the community, the Church and Community Centre facilities — 1,000-seat auditorium, meeting rooms, café and football pitch — are available to community groups and charitable organisations who share the goal of a peaceful and cooperative society. In 1956, L. Ron Hubbard lived in Dublin with offices in Merrion Square where he launched humanitarian initiatives which continue to flourish throughout the world today. “If the weather is cold, the Irish heart is warm. The country and the people could not be improved upon,” he wrote.


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