Celebrating Cultures & Promoting Integration
Who are we ?
We are a Multicultural Website with information about living here, visiting and things to do, playing music from all around the world, conducting multicultural events and much more.
We have people from all around the world working at Babylon. People that have first hand experience of moving to another country so we understand the difficulties that can arise when moving. We are happy to help you integrate into your new country.
Hi, I'm Dearan
I founded Babylon to help people integrate smoothly to their new country. I was an Immigrant myself in Spain and Australia, and found that it wasn’t easy to integrate.
I was also a teacher, helping students with questions about Ireland. I was happy to help them with all I knew, and what I didn’t know, I researched for them. But I discovered a lot of the information was hard to find, so I thought, if it’s difficult for me, as a native, it must be much more difficult for them. In classes, people would often tell me that I was the only person they spoke English to because they would stay with their own nationality. I wanted to solve this problem and I thought, whatever country you come from, or whatever language you speak, music is a universal language that can bring people together.
So, I decided to create a resource to remove the uncertainty, stress, doubts and barriers about moving country, in 4 different parts.
Why the name Babylon
One day as I was walking down Dame Street, I heard about 12 languages being spoken. It reminded me of the story of the tower of Babylon, which is a story in the bible that describes the people of the world attempting to build a tower that would reach to heaven. In the story, God destroyed the tower and gave all the people different languages so that they could no longer understand and communicate with each other, meaning they could not build the tower. That’s one of the reasons why I decided to call it Babylon.
The other was because Babylon was an ancient city located in Mesopotamia (present-day Iraq) from the 18th to the 6th centuries BCE. It was the first truly multicultural city in the world due to its location on the corner of Africa, Asia and Europe. It was known for its impressive architecture, including the Hanging Gardens, considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Babylon was also known for its law code, and its cultural achievements in astronomy, mathematics and art.
What people think of us
“I love the Radio, playing music from all around the world as music is a universal language.”
“All the information you need about living here, like work, education, health, law and more. Also about visiting here and things to do. Translated into 6 different languages.”
“Events with multicultural bands and DJs bring people together from different countries to help make friends and create real relationships.”