Dublin City Council teamed up with St Patrick’s Athletic to celebrate diversity with a new inclusive and cultural family friendly day out. Richmond Park Football Stadium was taken over with food stalls, cultural music and dance from Ireland, Africa and Georgia, sporting activities including soccer, GAA and boxing. Face painting and arts activities also kept the little ones entertained.
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!”
Saint Patrick’s Athletic FC, Dublin City Council and Dublin South City Partnership teamed up to bring this eclectic programme that boasted a diverse list of music, dance, sport and creative activities.
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