FAMILIES from a diverse range of cultural backgrounds gathered at Hospital Family Resource Centre to celebrate their proud heritage as part of Limerick Language Alive Week.
The centre received support from Limerick Integration Working Group - which helps provide appropriate responses to the integration needs of migrant and local communities - for a day of celebrating the various cultures and nationalities of the individuals who take part in activities within the centre.
The Parent Support Programme decided to lead the initiative as parents and indeed grandparents from many different cultures attend various group classes at the centre. Two workshops took place with cultural music and dance led by community musician Raymond Laffan. “It was a really enjoyable day and what was nice was that the parents themselves took part and spoke about their own culture and languages which was quite unusual, rather than bringing in people from outside,” said Mary McGrath, project co-ordinator.
“The parents and the children really enjoyed the movement and dance and parents found it very relaxing,” she added.
The centre also hosted an arts and craft session with Christophe Parzych from Doras Luimni in Limerick who did a special workshop centered around Halloween traditions. After the workshops parents spoke about the different cultures and traditions of their own countries including America, Italy, England, Poland, Kenya, South Africa and Ireland.
The after-schools group also marked the day with musical workshops and information was exchanged from the various nationalities. “It’s only when we actually sat down and organised the event for the week that we realised how many different nationalities and cultures were actually involved in the centre. It was nice just to mark that,” Ms McGrath continued.