30 Nov 2021

'We are accepting of people' - Bernardine Quinn

Your Dundalk

'We are accepting of people' - Bernardine Quinn

Cathal Sweeney

In this feature, we talk to townsfolk about their opinion of the town in 2016, as well as their memories of growing up in the town, and the changes that have happened since then.

This week we speak to local woman Bernardine Quinn.

What do you think of Dundalk as a town in 2016?

“In my opinion, Dundalk is a very accepting town in 2016. We're slowly but surely beginning to see the rise in economic growth throughout the town.

The town has come to life a lot more, not just this years but it previous years, this became noticeable. Its great to see places such as Clanbrassil Street getting back to they way they once were.

Dundalk is a very open and diverse town, I would say this is due to our proximity to the border, and our ability to communicate with people from different regions across the country, which cant be said for non-border towns. We are accepting of people, regardless of their race, orientation or ethnicity”.

What has been the biggest change in the town, from when you were growing up here?

“The town has become more inclusive and accessible. Places such as our beautiful Town Square have become more suitable for hosting events.

People who have ideas for events, have more of a chance of getting them hosted. The visibility and rise of members in the LGBT community throughout the town is great to see.

It's also fantastic that organisations such as 'Outcomers' are here to facilitate members of the LGBT community throughout Co. Louth.

There is a 'Salt of the Earth' quality to the people of Dundalk, everyone looks out for one another.

This is a huge credit to the towns-people, and our elective body. This factor certainly adds to the rise in supportive networks like Outcomers throughout the town.”

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