Students celebrated Multicultural Day 2023 by sharing their cultures and traditions through food, music, and dance. Siobhan Conway, Organiser TCC Multicultural Day (far left back) and Richard Lynch (far right back) with students. Picture: Krzysztof Luszczki/ilovelimerick
Multicultural Day 2023 gave an opportunity for Thomond CC students from different backgrounds to showcase and share their cultures and traditions
Thomond Community College held its annual multicultural day to celebrate the diversity of its student body. The multicultural day is an opportunity for students from different backgrounds to showcase and share their cultures and traditions through food, music, and dance.
Thomond Community College Multicultural Day Organiser, Siobhan Conway says the event started from her realisation of “how important it is to recognise your culture”.
She said, “I lived in Burkinafaso for two years, from 1999 to 2001, and previous to that, I had been four years in Japan. So I realised how important it is to be able to recognise your culture, to celebrate who you are.
“Whenever I had an opportunity to celebrate being Irish in Japan, or in the States, or in wherever I was, in West Africa, I did and I loved it. So I thought it was nice, especially at the time we were getting more and more migrants into the country, and there was a bad feeling around which you we didn’t like.
“So I felt that it was good to educate young people, because the young people are the future, and if they have the right attitude then we can live together in peace.”
Many countries on the day were represented, including Albania, Nigeria, Uganda, Poland, Belarus, and Zimbabwe.
Being close to St. Patrick’s Day, the event was seen as an appropriate time to hold Thomond Community College Multicultural Day 2023 and give a well-deserved forum to the citizens of the new Ireland, and a real opportunity to share heritage.
Speaking to one of the students, they told I Love Limerick, “I’m very proud to represent Nigeria, I grew up in Nigeria and moved to Limerick two years ago. I’m a very patriotic citizen, I feel like if you cut me open you will see green-white-green, you wouldn’t see red.”
Another said he was proud of his country because “Nigeria has a lot of culture, a lot of history, and has a lot to share with the world”, another saying when she thinks about Nigeria, she thinks about sharing “the music, the languages, the people, getting to know them is really nice”.
Student, Canada Makwati representing Zimbabwe said, “Since I’m mixed I always kind of appreciate Ireland and having Irish culture, especially today. So I feel like its very important to have this side of me showing out as well, it’s St Patrick’s Day tomorrow, but today is for Zimbabwe.”
An afternoon of international music and dance attended by the whole school brought the celebrations to an end.
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