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The Mallow Integration Forum has issued an open invitation to join them for their fourth annual ‘Africa Day’ celebration, which will take place at the Mercy Centre on Fair Street from 1pm on Saturday, May 18.

Billed as a ‘celebration of the diversity of Africa’, the event will showcase the many different cultures and traditions of the vibrant African community now living in the wider Mallow area.

Designated by the African Union as an annual celebration of the continents unity, Africa Day is an opportunity for communities across the globe to celebrate the continents rich and diverse cultures.

Africa Day has been celebrated in Ireland since 2008, with events taking place at various locations across the country including Dublin, Limerick, Galway, Kildare, Kilkenny and Cork City.

Following on from the success of the previous three Mallow events, the 2019 Africa Day celebrations will feature slide shows about each of the countries represented and live music with visitors also invited to taste some sumptuous African cuisine.

Formed in 2014 by former local RAPID co-ordinator Margaret Desmond, the Mallow Integration Forum was established in order to bridge the gap in cultural diversity between Ireland and the expanding immigrant community.

The chairman of the forum, Nigerian native Emmanuel Adebesi, said she was able to do that by bringing together people from different cultures under a single unified umbrella group.

“Ireland is constantly changing and we are striving to let people know there is a thriving African community living in Mallow,” said Emmanuel.

“Our vision is to strive for a society that respects multiculturalism, diversity, welcomes new arrivals and facilitates integration to Irish culture,” he added. The forum meets on the first Thursday of each month at the Le Cheile Centre and has been proven a vitally important tool for helping promote integration through educational workshops and other inclusive events.

Admission to the Africa Day event in Mallow is free and all are welcome to attend.

See pictures from last St Patrick’s day parade event in Mallow Town centre;

For more information, on about the Mallow Integration Forum contact Emmanuel on +353(0)22 20477.


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