‘Refugees Welcome’ mural to be created in Bohemian Football Club to mark World Refugee Day

Posted On: June 18, 2015

CM6vyTPW8AEAaHhMedia Release, 18 June 2015 

This Saturday, 20th June, the Irish Refugee Council, Bohemian FC and Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI) are coming together with refugees and members of the local community to paint a mural on the grounds of Dalymount stadium. The mural, designed by local up and coming artist Marley Cahill, will be a collective piece of work to mark World Refugee Day, a day to celebrate and acknowledge the vast contributions that people who have sought protection have made to Ireland, and will continue to make into the future.

Daniel Lambert, Director of Bohemian FC said, “Bohemian Football Club is proud to be hosting this event on such a significant day. As a club we do not tolerate any form of discrimination. We are truly inclusive and welcoming to all, irrespective of ethnicity, religion, nationality, gender or sexual orientation.”

Ken McCue, Cultural Planner of SARI’s Global Development Education Office, went on to say, “SARI has a long association with Bohemian FC in using the beautiful game for cultural integration and social inclusion. We trust that this new strategy, heralded by this mural and driven by the supporters, will be bolstered by inclusion of an Integration, Equality and Diversity clause in the constitution of this pioneering club.”

Caroline Reid, Communications Officer with the Irish Refugee Council, added, “World Refugee Day is a day for celebration, but this year we must also acknowledge that we are bearing witness to the largest displacement of people since World War II. Every week we hear about more tragic deaths at sea, as people seek out precarious routes to perceived safety.”

“Due to this, we are coming together on the 20th June to send the message that refugees are welcome in Ireland and we invite anyone who feels the same to join us on the day as an act of solidarity with all people who are forced to flee from their homeland.”

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Contact

Caroline Reid, 085 858 5510, caroline@irishrefugeecouncil.ie

Marley Cahill, Ken McCue and Caroline Reid will be available for interview along with other people on the day

Notes

The event is running from 12pm with a photo call at 3pm at Dalymount Stadium, Phibsborough, Dublin 7 (the entrance off Saint Peter’s Road). There will be music and refreshments.

In house photographs will be made available upon request after the event.

Event page: http://on.fb.me/1I1xLE2