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Limerick Students: Our City, Our Culture launch



Pictured Above: Ras Mikey Courtney leading the final group dance in Limerick City on April 11. Picture by: Ali Ibrahim.

On Saturday April 11, Limerick Students: Our City, Our Culture was launched. This is a collaborative initiative driven by Higher Education students in the University of Limerick, Limerick Institute of Technology, and Mary Immaculate College.

The initiative is co-ordinated by the Community Liaison Officer at UL, Gabriella Hanrahan. Its main objective is to profile Limerick City as a vibrant, intercultural student city.

Saturdays event opened this conversation with the city by displaying and showcasing the intercultural diversity of Limerick’s student population, through music, dance, song, symbols, rituals, costumes and of course flags. Ras Mikey Courtney, PhD candidate at Irish World Academy of  Music and Dance in UL, directed the entire performance which included the audience in a final flash performance. Ras and his fellow students continuously wowed the audience with a variety of performances and rituals for over two hours. The feedback from the audience was so engaging and extremely positive that Ahmed Hassan, the LIT student co-ordinator is already planning next year’s event. Moreover, the Mayor of Limerick Michael Sheahan has expressed his commitment to continuing the conversation. 


Ras Mikey Courtney, a PhD candidate, leading the crowds in Limerick City on April 11th 2015. 

For more information on Limerick Students: Our City, Our Culture, you can check out their Facebook page here

Read more about Limerick City of Culture here.

Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.