City of Sanctuary Dublin launched on Saturday the 13th September in glorious sunshine in the Phoenix Park. The launch was in conjunction with the SARI Soccerfest, a very fitting partnership indeed as the Soccerfest creates friendships and connections between new arrivals and locals over football. The day was a tremendous success with people from all walks of life and from all over the globe coming together to celebrate the spirit of ‘Welcome’. Hundreds of people turned up for the day. There were children playing soccer, having their faces painted and adults basking in the sun. Then the City of Sanctuary Dublin launch really kicked off. Music, dancing, drummers, and spoken word all entertained the crowds. We had wise words from Tiffy Allen, Andrew McDonnell and Victor Muya. All in all a great success. Dublin is the first City of Sanctuary initiative in the Irish Republic, but wit three already active in Northern Ireland and another set to begin in Waterford, The spirit of ‘Welcome’ is here to stay.
Cead Míle Fáilte.
City of Sanctuary Dublin are excited to get their programme of events going and have a jam-packed schedule lined up over the next year. The first of which will be a fundraising event at Halloween (31st Oct) which is due to take place in PantiBar in the city centre, followed closely by a performance event in conjunction with the Monday Echo on Monday the 3rd November in the International Bar at 8.00pm and then on the 28th November they have another performance event scheduled in conjunction with Mixed Messages in Jack Nealons on Capel Street, kicking off at 8.00pm. There are seminars, a festive party and lots more on the horizon as well as a few surprises.
Here’s a quote from SARI Directors:
‘All at Sport Against Racism Ireland are proud to be an integral part of City of Sanctuary Dublin and we are very honoured that you have chosen our Soccerfest to stage your launch. As defenders of Human Rights, we tackle, head on, all forms of discrimination and wrap the protective arms of the Sport Community around the most vulnerable people in our society whatever their background.