And then my mind went to the Direct Provision Centres, with its shared rooms, shared bathrooms, canteens, recreation areas. I tweeted about it, asking Charlie Flanagan and HSE what they were going to do about them, how will they apply social distancing in these places?
We have recently started a cricket team at the Kinsale Road Accommodation Centre. Just like our world music band, Citadel, cricket is offering refuge to many of the residents of Direct provision Centres, and we want to spread the news. It all started quite innocently with one of the young Pakistani boys asking me if […]
I feel like I keep doing the Way of the Cross in a country where I thought I would find protection and refuge for myself and my family. I am a father, I left my children behind, I am incapable of saving them and I am not even sure if I will ever be able to.
Africa day is celebrated around the world May 25th, the day the Organisation of African Unity was formed in Adis Ababa in 1963, in 2001 the African Union was formed. Cork has been celebrating Africa day every year, but this year it aims to be bigger and better. All the African communities of Cork have […]
Pamela moved to Ireland with her husband in 2009. She has 3 sons, who are all grown up and stay in the USA. The couple lives in the beautiful Union Hall in West-Cork, far away from cities and therefore also far away from the rat race. Union hall is surprisingly cosmopolitan. Most of pmaela’s local […]
It can be very hard to settle in a new country, and there is very little help once you have been through the asylum system. But if you push it, and stay positive, it is often possible to settle down, integrate and have fun. René Perrin did just that. Unhappy with his life in Cameroon, René […]
Before this interview I had never heard of reproductive abuse. But Ini told me her harrowing story. Ini comes from Nigeria. She met her husband at a very young age. ini was forced to come to Ireland by her husband. She was trafficked to Ireland while she was pregnant. Arriving here on her own, not […]
This week’s migrant is Barnabas Agorh. Barnabas is a very active man. He has been in Ireland since 2004, and has received permission to stay this year. Barnabas lived in South korea before moving to Ireland, but found it hard to get permission to stay there. His wife had lived in Cork before, which made […]
I met Boris yesterday in the studio of Irish Radio International, where I am resuming my programme The New Rebels. Boris arrived in Ireland at the age of 15. He was unccompanied. He ran away from trouble in his country Rwanda. His dad who is also on the run paid a trafficker to bring Boris […]
Joan Walsh runs the succesful company Partnership International, a company that arranges and manages internships, trade delegations, technical visits, language courses, study visits, summer camps and Au Pair Programmes in Ireland, Europe and more recently in the US and China. Joan also volunteers as the coordinator of Crossing Borders on the Terrace, a European Integration Project organised […]