January 2016



The national Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration takes place on the Sunday nearest to 27 January every year.

Mission Statement

The Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration is designed to cherish the memory of all of the victims of the Nazi Holocaust. A candle-lighting ceremony is an integral part of the commemoration at which six candles are always lit for the six million Jews who perished, as well as candles for all of the other victims. The commemoration serves as a constant reminder of the dangers of racism and provides lessons from the past that are relevant today.

The Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration demonstrates the Irish Government’s commitment to the Declaration of Stockholm, 2000, when the 44 signatory countries undertook to commemorate and teach about the Holocaust every year.

Holocaust Education Trust Ireland advises and assists Government with organising the annual Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration.

Venue: The Round Room, Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2
Time: 6 pm to 8 pm

To receive an invitation, please contact the HETI office giving the name and address of each person requiring an invitation, and also include telephone number and email if possible.

Telephone + 353 1 669 0593
Address:Holocaust Education Trust Ireland, Clifton House,Lower Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin 2

Further information about the event can be found at the following link:


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February 2016


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March 2016


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Dublin 14 - 12/03/2016
In anticipation of the UN International Day for the Elimination of Racism on 21st March, the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland are holding their own Multicultural Day.

Multi-Cultural Day at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland

Diversity has given much to Irish society. In every county of our Emerald Isle, people of different ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds live,work and play together to build communities and enrich each other’s lives. It seems clear that diversity is the future,and in that diversity we emerge stronger and more united as a nation, indeed as humanity. However, the unfortunate events of  the past year have left many anxious and gripped by fear. With racism and xenophobia notably on the rise, it is now more important than ever to stand up for diversity and defend the common human values of respect for human rights and human dignity. Diversity is a source of strength. So join us at the ICCI on 12 March and play your part in shaping a harmonious, vibrant and united nation.

Portlaoise- 11 - 21/03/2016

Portlaoise Social Inclusion Week

Portlaoise Social Inclusion Week will run from 11th – 21st March 2016 and features an action-packed line-up of events.

On 11th March, the week’s events will kick-off with “Human Library & Come Dine with Your Community” in Portlaoise Parish centre at 5pm. Over the following 10 days, events include an open day at the Mosque, a festival of languages and an Intercultural Ceilí to name a few. Please see the programme of events below for details of all events taking place throughout Portlaoise Social Inclusion Week.

For further information on any of the events or for details of how you can get involved, please contact Hannah at h.culkin@dorasluimni.org or call 089 4966540.

Full programme available to download here: Portlaoise Social Inclusion Week Leaflet

This event forms part of European Action Week Against Racism 2016 will take place from 11th-21st March, with the slogan 'Strength in Diversity'.

    Worldwide - 21/03/16

    The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

    This day is observed annually on 21st March. It was declared as a memorial by the United Nations in response to the murder of 69 anti-apartheid demonstrators in Sharpeville, South Africa, in 1960. This is a day when people all over the world unite to show their opposition to racism.

    For further information see the websites below:

    website:Background to International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

    International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 2015

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    May 2016

    Dublin 4 - 11/05/2016
    Show Racism the Red Card Creative Competition Awards.
    The Creative Competition 2016 involved over 200 schools and youth services from all over Ireland.  A DVD featuring stars of Irish sport challenged young people to use their creativity to devise their own message on racism.  
    Some of those messages are in art and audiovisual form on this link.  

    Venue: Aviva Stadium

    Ireland - 16/05/2016 - 22/05/2016
    PolskaÉire Festival.
    PolskaÉire Festival is an annual nationwide celebration of Irish-Polish friendship. It aims to strengthen mutual relations between Polish and Irish communities with an amazing variety of cultural, sports, business, academic and community events. The festival celebrates the cultural diversity as well as the similarities between the two countries and looks at issues that affect Polish people and their children in Ireland.

    The Festival will run from 16th to 22nd May. There will be a family picnic on 14th May in the SEN Polish Saturday School, 7 Navan Road, Dublin. This Interschool Olympics & Family Day will feature football matches, face painting, bouncy castle, an obstacle course, BBQ & cafe, lottery and much more. All families are welcome and admission is free.
    The Festival will be launched officially on 16th May in Kilkenny.

    Polish and Irish rugby teams will meet for the first time in a friendly match on May 21st in Donnybrook Stadium. Arka Gdynia, Poland’s champions, will face a Leinster Representative Side in this historic encounter.

    There are photographic exhibitions in Dublin in Gardiner Street and Fitzwilliam Place, and in Cork City Hall. There is a sports festival in Kilkenny, film screenings in Dublin and Gorey, family fun days around the country and a great many other events.

    UN World Day for Cultural Diversity on the 21st of May.

    Bank of Ireland Multicultural Day is included in the festival programme. It’s organised in 12 branches throughout Ireland in order to coincide with the UN World Day for Cultural Diversity on the 21st of May. The event is organised in order to celebrate inclusiveness – one of the key messages for the UN Cultural Diversity Day and for the PolskaÉire Festival.
    Admission is free and all are welcome.

    Website: http://polskaeirefestival.org/

    Ireland - 22/05 - 29/05/2016
    Africa Day
    Africa Day was designated by the African Union as an annual celebration of the continent’s unity. It is celebrated all over the world on 25th May every year.

    This year the flagship Africa Day family event will be held on Sunday, 29th May 2016, from 11am to 6pm, in the grounds of the Farmleigh Estate in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Updates on the many events can be found on the website [www.africaday.ie and on the Africa Day Facebook and Twitter pages.

    This year’s Africa Day programme will feature free public performances by well-known African and Irish musicians, children’s entertainment, inter-generational education projects, film screenings, traditional African drumming and dance workshops and cultural performances.

    In Dublin, a free Dublin Bus shuttle bus service will operate between Heuston Bridge/Parkgate Street and Farmleigh, allowing attendees to enjoy musical acts such as renowned Irish folk group Kíla and futuristic multicultural group Ájo Arkestra, as well as an African bazaar with food, drumming, dance, hair-braiding, henna hand-painting and traditional fashion designs from a range of African countries.

    Africa Day is also being celebrated in Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford.


    Cork City Council, in partnership with African communities, is organising a range of Africa Day events, running from 21
    st May to 28th May. This will include the launch of Africa Day festivities by Lord Mayor, Councillor Chris O’Leary in front of Brown Thomas, St Patrick’s Street, Cork on 21st May, featuring African music and dance.

    Africa Day celebrations in Cork will also include an integrated soccer tournament at The Glen Resource Centre, with eight teams participating from a range of nationalities; a conference with a focus on integration; and a ‘Best Dressed’ competition, showcasing the beauty of African culture, bringing young women of African origin together to represent their countries.

    Finally, Africa Day celebrations will conclude on 28th May with a parade featuring musicians and dancers from African countries, along with a marching band and céilí dancers. Commencing on St Patrick’s Street, the parade will make its way through Winthrop Street and Oliver Plunkett Street, culminating in an outdoor event in Bishop Lucey Park. This free event will have a strong focus on cultural performances, music, dance and children’s entertainment. For more information visit: www.africaday.ie/cork.


    Africa Day festivities will run from 25
    th to 29th May and include an interactive music workshop, which will celebrate African culture through music and song at the United Methodist Presbyterian Church, Victoria Place. The workshop will be facilitated by Helen Webb and SONKE Multicultural Choir and will be open to the public.

    A football event will take place at the Westside Astro facility at which eight primary schools from Galway City will participate. The 9th Galway African Film Festival will take place in the Huston School of Film & Digital Media at NUI Galway. The film festival will highlight the variety of life experiences on the African continent through screening a selection of short films, feature films and documentaries. The ARD Family Resource Centre will run an Africa Day event at Doughiska, showcasing dance, music, and food from a range of African countries. Africa Day Doughiska aims to celebrate the rich diversity of African culture in that area of the city, where approximately 20 per cent of the Doughiska, Roscam and Ardaun population are of African descent. For more information visit: www.africaday.ie/galway.


    Limerick will play host to Africa Day events from 23rd May to 26th May. This will include a launch event and interactive seminar on 23rd May at The Strand Hotel; a programme of drumming, story-telling and art, targeted at children and young adults, at Limerick City Library; and the screening of African film ‘Invasion 1897’ at Mary Immaculate College. Festivities will conclude with a family fun day featuring music, dance, song, African food and a fashion show at the Milk Market on Mungret Street. For more information visit: www.africaday.ie/limerick.


    Waterford City & County Council will replicate an African village on Ballybricken Green on 25th May. The village will feature a round living-structure surrounded by a range of traders who will display African food, skills and goods, including jasperware, animal carvings, material prints, and clothing.

    There will also be African poetry recitals and traditional music and dance from a number of African countries, including Ethiopia and Ghana.

    Additionally, the Council’s Integration and Support Unit will provide an education programme for schools, highlighting the work of Irish Aid through documentary and discussion sessions. For more information visit: www.africaday.ie/waterford.

    Website: www.africaday.ie

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    June 2016


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    Dublin 1 - 19/06/2016
    Fair Play Football Cup
    UNHCR Ireland and Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI) will be kicking off World Refugee Day 2016 with the seventh Fair Play Football Cup, a family friendly football tournament. The 7-a-side tournament will feature teams drawn from refugee and community groups, direct provision centres, NGOs and members of the media. Players from a host of different countries will compete in the competition which will be launched by President Michael D. Higgins.

    All are welcome. Other entertainment at the free event will includes face painting, football skills training, music and more.

    For a map and directions to the Law Society Gardens, please click here

    Venue: Dublin's Law Society gardens
    Time: 10am to 5pm.

    World - 20/06/2016
    World Refugee Day

    Since 2001, World Refugee Day has been held every year on 20 June. It was established by the United Nations to honour 45 million women, men and children who have been forced to flee their homes under threat of persecution, conflict and violence; the solidarity of those countries, including Ireland, who assist refugees; and the contribution refugees make to countries around the world. Each year it is celebrated around the world on 20th June.


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    July 2016

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    August 2016

    Eid World Cup - 1/08 - 2/08/2016

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    September 2016

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    October 2016

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    November 2016

    Dublin, Galway and Cavan - /11/2016
    Africa History Month Ireland

    Ireland - 15 - 23/11/2016

    One World Week is a week of youth-led awareness raising, education and action that takes place throughout Ireland during the third week in November every year. During One World Week, young people learn about local, national and global justice issues and take action to bring about change. The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) is organising a range of events throughout Ireland.

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    December 2016

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