Diverse University Hospital Limerick celebrates annual Multicultural Day

Fintan Walsh

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THE UL Hospitals Group has celebrated its “cultural diversity” at its special annual Multicultural Day event at University Hospital Limerick this week.

Food, dress and artistic displays decorated the corridors of the Clinical Education Research Centre in Dooradoyle on Monday, with a multitude of stands representing the hospital’s diverse workforce.

Countries included in the second annual celebration were India, Pakistan, Brazil, Sudan, Greece, Philippines, Spain, Poland and Ireland.

Staff and honorary guests, including Polish consulate coordinator Dorota Luczak Dyowicz, were treated to performances including Samba dancing, a talk on the symbolism of Polish national dress, Pakistani national dance, and Irish dancing.

Third and 4th class pupils at St Nessan’s School in Mungret, which has a diverse multicultural population, performed at the hospital.

There was also a performance by Ghanaian John Nutekpor and other musicians from the UL World Academy of Music and Dance.  

UL Hospitals’ chief clinical director, Prof Paul Burke said the aim of the day was to “promote and celebrate cultural diversity at UL Hospitals.

“We are honoured to have such a rich variety of different cultures working with us and their contribution and dedication to patient care is hugely valued by us all.”

Thanking all the participants in the event, Colette Cowan, CEO of UL Hospitals Group commented:

“Our event today was a celebration of our cultural diversity, but it was also about recognising the importance of promoting culturally diverse teams within the organisation and the benefits which this brings to our patients. I would like to sincerely thank all those who took part for their support, we were delighted with the level of participation in what is set to become an annual event at UL Hospitals.”

UL Hospitals Group has over 450 employees from 50 different countries around the globe, this number is growing year on year as the Group continues to develop services in line with its strategic priorities between now and 2022.

Events were also held in Nenagh Hospital and University Maternity Hospital Limerick with fabulous food and cultural displays organised by staff to mark the day.