Comhlámh’s Ireland Says Welcome group invites you to join us for a night of story-telling, music, food, poetry and crafts, celebrating the life, culture and struggles of the undocumented in Ireland and those fleeing war and persecution and seeking a new life here in Ireland.
Our full programme for 22nd September is:
5:30 pm Doors open
Visit the mural to the late Marius Schoon, anti-apartheid activist, inspiration to the Dunnes Stores strikers. You can also take in the ‘40 years of memories’ exhibition capturing decades of Comhlámh’s work.
On the night we will be joined by Lisa Dowdall who will accompany each of the following workshops through playing the viola.
6:45 pm Justice for the Undocumented
Last year the Justice for the Undocumented Campaign (JFU) created an exhibition called “A thousand reasons one wish”. Based on a Japanese legend that anyone who folds 1,000 paper cranes will have their wish granted. Undocumented migrants all over Ireland folded over 1,500 paper cranes to highlight their campaign for a regularisation for undocumented migrants in Ireland. Revisiting that action and sharing some skills and knowledge, join activists from Justice for the Undocumented to learn and make paper cranes, hear about the campaign and the fight for a fair pathway to papers for the undocumented in Ireland.
7:45 pm Poetry with Christiana Obaro
Christiana will read from her poetry and public speeches. Christina Obaro is a young Nigerian poet who lives at present in the Mosney Accommodation Centre in County Meath.
She started writing songs as a very young child and later on progressed to poetry. More recently she has also enjoyed writing speeches. Her inspiration comes from daily life events and she writes whenever she gets some time to herself. In the last 4 years she has become an avid reader and is now a keen member of a book club in Mosney.
8:45 pm Refugee Crisis in Chios, Greece
Lena Deevy is a member of Comhlámh Ireland Says Welcome and has recently returned from working with refugees in Chios. She is a founding member and former director of the Irish International Immigration centre in Boston.
There will be tea and coffee all evening, some Syrian finger food as well as a place to chill and talk if you don’t make it to one of the sessions.
You can find out more about the Comhlámh Ireland Says Welcome group here – https://www.comhlamh.org/