Ukrainian banners – Ukrainian refugees in Limerick marked Easter Sunday by painting two 40-foot banners in the vibrant blues and yellows of their national flag to call for peace in their homeland.
Ukrainian refugees staying in hotels and emergency shelters across the city added their messages and ideas to the banners
By I Love Limerick correspondent Ava O’Donoghue
Ukrainian refugees in Limerick marked Easter Sunday by painting two, forty-foot banners in the vibrant blues and yellows of their national flag to call for peace in their home.
The gathering was led by Limerick artist Una Heaton, who got in contact with Ukrainian refugees staying in the Radisson Hotel to find out if they would like to get involved.
Una took the blank banners from the Radisson Hotel to other refugees staying in the Pier One Hotel, encouraging them to add their Easter messages, thoughts and ideas to the banner.
The banners were also brought to St. Munchins Community Centre, which is currently operating as an emergency accommodation service for Ukrainians fleeing the war.
The completed banners were a bright array of blues and yellows, complete with messages of hope and peace.
One contribution to the banners was an image of a cage with birds being set free, representing the freedom for Ukraine against the unjust war happening in their home country.
Another was broken hearts in the Ukrainian national colours and a teddy bear representing children who have been affected by the war.
The banners were draped across the altar of the Redemptorist Church during an Easter Sunday morning service.
After the mass, the Ukrainian-Limerick community met other refugees staying in Kerry, Ardagh, Castleconnell on Bedford Row to perform the Ukrainian national anthem together.
The crowd then went to Burger King where a peaceful protest took place, in response to Burger King’s refusal to pull out of Russia.
Organiser Una Heaton has worked closely with Limerick’s Ukrainian refugees through art therapy. She is currently organising a trip to the Cliffs of Moher.
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