June is all about celebrating diversity both here in Ireland and in the rest of the world. That’s why on Saturday, the 25th of June Dublin City Council and St. Patrick’s Athletic are teaming up for a special event. A multicultural family fun day, with live music, sport and dance, the event will have a little something for everyone.
The event will take place in the Richmond Park Football Stadium from 11 am to 2 pm, with the goal of celebrating the diversity within the Dublin area.
The event will feature ethnic food from all over the world, along with the dance music from Ireland, Georgia and Africa. Sporting activities such as GAA and boxing will also be included for those looking to work up a sweat in other ways. For children, they can look forward to a wide range of fun activities such as face painting, dancing and arts & crafts.
There will be agency representatives from organisations across Dublin at various popup tents, offering support and willing to discuss their agency’s programmes. These include the HSE, the Georgian community, Amal Women, local GAA clubs and more.
There will also be performers from across a wide range of cultural backgrounds, who are all looking forward to displaying their talents and heritage, such as the Georgian Community and the African Drummers.
Commenting on the event, Una Lowry, CEO of Dublin South City Partnership confirmed that her organisation is “delighted to be involved in this event which demonstrates how local communities have welcomed and embraced the integration of migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers into their areas.”
Community Officer with St Patrick’s Athletic, Niall Cully, commented that it is “great to open Richmond Park up to everyone around the area. We are proud to play a part in this inclusive event to help raise awareness for everyone in the community of the organisations be it sport, music, education or family supports that exist locally.”
Speaking on behalf of the main sponsor, Dublin City Council, Beatrice Casserly, said, “We all need to feel a sense of belonging and community, positive communities work to foster a feeling of genuine connection with everyone. Information and good communication is a vital element for true Community Integration to take place. To be a truly inclusive city we must all take action and responsibility, Community is not one thing! Community is everything!”