Bohemian Football Club and the Irish Refugee Council team up: Refugees Welcome

Posted On: 15 September 2015

Media Release, 15 September 2015

Leading on from the successful “Refugees Welcome” mural painted in Dalymount Park last June, Bohemian FC and the Irish Refugee Council are teaming up once again for a fundraising effort and to send the message that refugees are welcome here in Ireland.

Bohemians will be donating part of the proceeds made at their home game v Longford Town this Friday 18 September to the work of the Irish Refugee Council and the first team will wear IRC t-shirts during their warm-up, while fans will be encouraged to take photographs beside the “Refugees Welcome” mural, which was created by Marley Cahill on World Refugee Day, to share across their social networks.

Caroline Reid, Communications Officer with the IRC, said: “Bohemian FC are great supporters of human rights issues across the board. The club have been incredibly generous, offering us a wall for the “Refugees Welcome” mural and use of the stadium for a family day back in June and now this fundraising drive.

“We are delighted to be working alongside Bohs on this issue and hope this event will inspire other clubs to take proactive steps towards welcoming new communities and fostering integration. Clubs and spaces like Bohs offer a place for people to come together and we hope that anyone who believes in an Ireland of welcomes will get behind the message being sent out on the 18th.”

Daniel Lambert, Bohemian FC Director, said: “Bohemian FC is acutely aware of the enormity of the refugee crisis unfolding across Europe. As a club we would like to take this concrete action, both to support the invaluable work of the IRC, and to reflect the will of our members and supporters in assisting those in flight. As a club we are fully democratic, inclusive, progressive, and welcoming to all and this is reflected in the numerous actions the club, and its supporters, continuously take on wider social issues.”

Keith Long, first-team manager Bohemian FC, said: “Supporters and players for Bohemians have come from a wide range of backgrounds over the club’s lifetime. We want the club and Dalymount Park to be a welcoming home for all.”

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Caroline Reid, Communications Officer with IRC, 085 8585510


Bohemian FC v Longford Town: Friday 18th September 7.45pm, Dalymount Park

–          15% of gate receipt to IRC

–          Bucket Collections at game

–          Players to wear IRC t-shirts during warm up

–          Fans encouraged to take pics at mural and use #refugeeswelcome on social media

–          Fan display at game

Bohemian Football Club is Dublin’s oldest football club and celebrated its 125th birthday last weekend by hosting a game with all proceeds going to Pieta House. On the eve of our birthday, at exactly 1.25am our fans unveiled a banner on Dublin’s Ha’penny Bridge which read “Refugees Welcome – Our Bohemian City”. Find out more at

Match: Adults €15, Kids €5

The Current refugee crisis

2,860 people lost their lives (or are missing at sea) crossing the Mediterranean this year (UNHCR source)

LÉ Eithne saved over 3,400 people’s lives during its deployment in the Mediterranean

LÉ NIAMH has now rescued 3343 people since commencing operations in the Mediterranean (Sept 5th 2015)

Arrivals of asylum seekers and migrants by sea from January 2015 to June 2015 according to UNHCR:

Italy: 62,000;

Greece: 63,000;

Hungary/Serbia border: 10,000.

@IOM_news: 1 in every 75 of the 150,000 men, women and children who have crossed the Mediterranean in 2015 have died

Global context (UNHCR data):

81% of arrivals come from the world’s top ten refugee producing countries;

Every 1 in 122 people are displaced and global forced displacement is now exceeding 50 million. To put that figure into some sort of context it is higher than the populations of Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania combined;

There are now 4 million refugees from Syria in neighbouring countries since early July – this is the largest refugee crisis since World War II;

Syrian conflict now in its 5th year;

Turkey alone has taken on 1.8 million people;

Europe has received approximately 270,000 asylum applications from Syria.

There are countries with social infrastructure at breaking point because of the refugee crisis – but they aren’t in Europe. The most obvious example is Lebanon, which houses 1.2 million Syrian refugees within a total population of roughly 4.5 million. To put that in context, a country that is more than 100 times smaller than the EU has already taken in more than 50 times as many refugees as the EU will even consider resettling in the future.