Over 200 people turned out in Ballybunion to welcome the town’s new Ukrainian arrivals.
Around 250 Ukrainian refugees were due to arrive in the seaside town over the Bank Holiday weekend, beginning on Friday, to be housed at the former Golf Hotel.
Locals in Ballybunion came together over the weekend to organise a welcoming gesture for their new arrivals.
This morning, an event was organised for 3 o’clock this afternoon at the promenade on the Men’s beach, which led to concerns from some Ukrainians, who were concerned about being out in the rain as they don’t have facilities to dry their clothes.
Locals turned up at the hotel dropping off umbrellas for the town’s newest residents, and the rain stayed away despite the status yellow weather warning.
Lisa Fingleton from Ballybunion, said the welcoming event was very emotional.