Host families needed for Charter of European Rural Communities

Organisers of the Charter of European Rural Communities event in July are seeking host families for those expected to visit Cashel.

Organisers of the Charter of European Rural Communities event in July are seeking host families for those expected to visit Cashel.

260 delegates will arrive in Cashel from June 30 to July 4this year. They will be composed of a mixture of council representatives and citizens of the towns representing their country to the European Charter. Approximately 100 of them will be Youth Delegates aged up to 25 years old, with the remainder consisting of a mixture of ages, professions and life experiences. The European Charter encourages visiting delegates to stay with families in and around the hosting town. This enables both host families and visitors to learn of each others' cultures. Tipp Mid West Radio will interview previous Cashel and Tipperary people, who represented Ireland to previous European Charter events abroad. They will discuss their experiences of representing their country, but also of their experience and benefits of staying with a host family and how welcoming they found it.

English is the official language of the European Charter of which most of the delegates are competent speakers. For most of the period, host families will be expected to provide breakfast and one or two evening meals for their guests, including one morning in which the families will arrange an activity for their guests. This may involve helping on the farm (if the host family has one), visiting Tipperary's mountains or heritage, playing a round of golf or pitch and putt, visiting the coast or pucking a slither up the field.

The families will also have the opportunity to participate in some European Charter events in Cashel, including a concluding Charter dinner dance. In the past many host families and guests have formed life-long friendships and visited each others countries. To date approximately 110 of the 260 required bed spaces have been created under the able work of Cllr PJ Quinlan and Mayor Michael Browne. Any family wishing to take part and host delegates should contact Cllr Quinlan at (086) 8397234 or

The hosting team will provide every assistance to the host families. Neighbours and work colleagues are encouraged to club together and enlist as host families. This means that neighbours and friends could undertake activities together with their guests. Ger Laffey has been diligently organising Delegate Liaison volunteers, many of whom are either multi-lingual or are non-national Cashel residents to assist in any language barriers. Anyone wishing to be a delegate liaison for the event should contact