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The West Limerick based 'This Place' exhibition travelled to Limerick City as part of National Refugee Week 2024, celebrating the theme of 'Home'. The Hunt Museum will house the exhibition until June 25th. The West Limerick based 'This Place' exhibition travelled to Limerick City as part of National Refugee Week 2024, celebrating the theme of 'Home'. The Hunt Museum will house the exhibition until June 25th.

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‘This Place’ Exhibition runs at Hunt Museum as part of National Refugee Week 2024 until June 25

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National Refugee Week 2024 – Mayor of Limerick, John Moran pictured above at the launch to the This Place Exhibition with Limerick City and County Council staff members, the West Limerick Resources SICAP team, representatives of Jesuit Refugee Centre and Doras, Ukrainian Community members and other guests

National Refugee Week 2024 theme this year is ‘Home’ and almost 4,000 Ukrainian people have found a home in Limerick since the outbreak of war in their country

A series of events marks Ukraine Independence Day 2023 in Limerick
24-08-2023 Limerick City and County Council raise the Ukrainian Flag to mark the Ukraine Independance Day at Merchants Quay. Flag raised by Mayor of Limerick City and County Council. Picture: Keith Wiseman

The West Limerick based ‘This Place’ exhibition travelled to Limerick City as part of National Refugee Week 2024, celebrating the theme of ‘Home’. The Hunt Museum will house the exhibition until June 25th.

This Place’ is an audio-visual exhibition, which documents the stories and journeys of 30 Ukrainian people who have come to live in West Limerick. It also captures the story of local people who have supported their integration, including a family who has supported three families since 2022. Community development company, West Limerick Resources, worked with photographer John Morris of JDM Photography and Connie Broderick of Keeshla Communications, to bring the exhibition to life.

At the event, Mayor of Limerick, John Moran spoke of Limerick’s embrace of diversity and inclusion, saying, “The theme of Refugee Week this year is ‘Home’ and almost 4,000 Ukrainian people have found a home in Limerick since the outbreak of war in their country over two years ago. The theme signifies not just a place, but a feeling of safety, belonging, and community. This resonates with one of my own ambitions as Mayor of Limerick, to continue to build a community that is inclusive, supportive, and welcoming to all.”


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Funding for the ‘This Place’ project was sourced through the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) with support from the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS).

“We are deeply grateful for their professionalism and support in creating this exhibition, which carefully and sensitively captures the stories of the participants” said Dearbhla Conlon Ahern, SICAP Co-Ordinator in West Limerick Resources. She added, “this exhibition celebrates social inclusion and integration and records the warm welcome that was provided by the community of West Limerick”.

Eugene Quinn, National Director of the Jesuit Refugee Service spoke about the importance of keeping human stories to the fore, saying, “There are more than 110 million forcibly displaced persons worldwide. Ireland has welcomed more than 100,000 people fleeing the war in Ukraine. We must never forget the human person and reality behind these statistics. Each person has a name, a face and a story.  Each had to leave their home, their family, their friends all they knew to cross borders in search of safety and protection,” he said. “This fantastic exhibition enables us to see these names and faces and hear the unique stories of 30 Ukrainian refugees in West Limerick and how they have made This Place their home.”

The Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) is co-funded by the Irish Government, through the Department of Rural and Community Development, and the European Social Fund Plus under the Employment, Inclusion, Skills and Training (EIST) Programme 2021 -2027.

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