Shining a Light on a Conflict That is Still Raging.

As Bloom Festival in the Pheonix Park came to a close preparations began to move one of its most special features, GOAL’s Damascus Courtyard garden to the Syrian refugee centre in Kildare. The garden, which was designed by Brian Burke, aims to show how Syrian culture and society have been devastated by five years of civil war. But unlike the Bloom version of the garden, there will be no ‘war’ element to the garden at the refugee centre.The feature was visited by some 100,000 people over the Bank Holiday Weekend, including President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

Mr Burke said: “The garden will provide the Syrian residents at the centre with a place of relaxation and reflection. I am delighted that the garden received such a warm reaction from the public, the refugees, the President and the Taoiseach, and I hope it will continue to provide a measure of comfort to Ireland’s Syrian community in the coming months and years.”

GOAL has been working inside Syria for over three and a half years and currently delivers aid to hundreds of thousands of people in the north of the country.



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