UL Equality Diversity and Inclusion Group celebrates Limerick. Photo: Olena Oleksienko/ilovelimerick
The Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion UL Parade group “Discovered Limerick” by taking part in this year’s parade
University of Limerick illustrated the cultural diversity of its student community by taking part in this year’s St Patrick’s Day Parade to showcase the “international and local community” at the University.
The Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion UL Parade group met at University of Limerick’s City Campus ahead of the parade and enjoyed a day immersing themselves in local culture while sharing their own.
Event organiser, Andrea LaTouche, UL Student Community Engagement Liaison Officer told I Love Limerick, “The theme of the St Patrick’s Day Parade this year is ‘Discover Limerick’, UL has an amount of international students and we felt the best way to discover Limerick is to participate in the parade and get to know the people in Limerick and take part in what is such an important day of the year in Ireland.”
Andrea said this was an opportunity for students to “feel the culture, part of the culture” and allows them to “bring their culture to the city and have fun”.
The day saw the group gather at the UL City Campus before joining the parade at Sarsfield Barracks and following the parade route up O’Connell Street and Henry Street. Following the parade, the group made their way back to the city campus where they were treated to a light lunch, refreshments and some traditional music.
Ms LaTouche noted Limerick’s diversity that we see in our everyday lives, saying, “when we walk the streets of Limerick, we see diversity, so many different cultures. I’m in University of Limerick since 2019, and I have to say from the moment I put my foot in the door I started to meet international people and learn about their culture, learn about our similarities, our differences. We’re all people.”
UL celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, and Andrea spoke to I Love Limerick about how different Limerick and Ireland has become since that time, noting when people took to the streets to get UL its university status “that was at a local time”.
“We are now local but global here in Limerick,” she said.
Incoming Student Communities Officer at Student Life, Katie Martin helped “get the student community voice to the floor” by organising student participation in the event along with Andrea.
“There’s always a time to represent everyone, we’re so beautiful on campus and why not platform us on the best day of the year,” said Katie about the event.
English Language Teacher at UL Language Centre, Máire Casey spoke about the representation of the group from the Language Centre:
“We have a group here from the Language Centre in UL, and we have students from all over the world, from Japan, Kuwait, so many different parts of the world, so it’s great to have everyone here together enjoying a very special day in Limerick. And we love Limerick,” said Máire.
Pictures: Olena Oleksienko/ilovelimerick
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