Limerick school hosts vibrant celebration to mark Intercultural Day

Jess Casey

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Jess Casey

Lucia Babs, Diane and Unami Aron, Klaudia Kotlinska, Frances Oranu, Megan O'Mahony and Emma Inyang  Pictures: Adrian Butler

Lucia Babs, Diane and Unami Aron, Klaudia Kotlinska, Frances Oranu, Megan O'Mahony and Emma Inyang  Pictures: Adrian Butler

A MYRIAD of colourful stands were put on display to celebrate the 30 nationalities that make up the community of a school in the heart of Limerick city.

Colaiste Nano Nagle celebrated its seventh Intercultural Day with an array of ethnic foods, fashion from around the world and a show full of music and dance.

For the first time ever, the students of Colaiste Nano Nagle also painted a large canvas to mark the day.

Twenty-two non-national students were introduced to ‘fluid art’ by their teacher Livia Healy. 

Together they contributed to this painting, a large canvas stretching 100 by 120 cm entitled Integration, which will be proudly displayed in their school. 

“I’m so proud of them,” Ms Healy said.

“They took part in this project with such enthusiasm and the painting is a credit to them.”

“Fluid art is similar to the process of integration in many ways.”  

Intercultural Day 2018 opened with a festival of stands and displays created by students representing the 30 nationalities within the school community. 

An array of foods from all over the world, prepared by students and their parents, was also on offer allowing students to sample different dishes from their classmates cultures. 

Students also modeled traditional ethnic dresses, portraying fashion from almost every continent. 

In the afternoon, the school’s diverse cultures were put on show with a mix of dance, drama, song and music performed by a mix of students, their parents, teachers and specially invited guests. 

Teachers Neil Carmody, Gillian Galligan, Livia Healy and Eileen McMahon were responsible for organising the day, teacher Catherine Cantillon acting as the Master of Ceremonies. 

“The message was clear,” Mr Carmody said. 

“Every person in this school community is important and united by virtue of their shared humanity.”