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Diversity enriches life; Taiwanese Community is integrated in Ireland

2021-09-14
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TD Brendan Smith, Deputy Chih-Hsun Chen (TRO), Syrian Family, TD Pauline Tully, Dr. Angel Cheng and Senator Diarmuid Wilson
TD Brendan Smith, Deputy Chih-Hsun Chen (TRO), Syrian Family, TD Pauline Tully, Dr. Angel Cheng and Senator Diarmuid Wilson
Event Speakers
Event Speakers
Taiwanese Community and Filipino Community
Taiwanese Community and Filipino Community
Taiwanese Designer, Yahui Minnock, supported the event on face painting
Taiwanese Designer, Yahui Minnock, supported the event on face painting

 

Taiwanese local business supports the community integration event
Taiwanese local business supports the community integration event
Host Dr. Angel Cheng (TIA Chairperson) and local pharma chemist Rakesh Reddy
Host Dr. Angel Cheng (TIA Chairperson) and local pharma chemist Rakesh Reddy
Diversity enriches life; Taiwanese Community is integrated in Ireland
Diversity enriches life; Taiwanese Community is integrated in Ireland

https://fb.watch/7-DFZUBVuB/     (Senator Diarmuid Wilson loves Taiwanese food)

Blacklion and Glenfarne had a buzzing Saturday on 11 Sep. Cavan Cross Cultural Community and Taiwan Ireland Association organised a community integration event at Rainbow Ballroom. Dr. Angel Cheng welcomed local representatives Cllr Sean McDermott, TD Brendan Smith, Senator Diarmuid Wilson and TD Pauline Tully. Angel is the Chairperson of Taiwan Ireland Association. Angel was originally from Taipei Taiwan and she is local entrepreneur since she graduated from her PhD study in 2013. 

Cllr Sean McDermott sharing with us that he is determined to continue supporting the local on tourism development and start-up in food industry. TD Brendan Smith fought for the people and this region with Senator Diarmuid Wilson and TD Pauline Tully. Due to the events over the weekend, the local guest houses and bed and breakfast are fully booked. Host Dr. Angel Cheng acknowledged Clancy's owner Asumpta to have 2 rooms available for guests coming over so that they can stay and have chance to visit this Leitrim and west Cavan more. 

An old Irish proverb says: It is in the shelter of each other that the people live. It takes strength to empower the community to share their untold stories and to dream of travelling places where they have not yet been. Five speakers shared their romance with Ireland with us. Taiwan Deputy Director shared his experience in Irish welcoming culture. This is his second time attending 4C Culture Event and his first visit to Leitrim. He cited From the Republic of Conscience by the late poet Seamus Heaney;

"When I landed in the Republic of Conscience, 

It was so noiseless shdb the engines stopped, 

I could hear a curlew high above the runway.

At immigration, the clerk was an old man who produced a wallet from his homespun coat, and showed me a photograph of my grandfather." Deputy Chen highlighted that Ireland embraces diversity, so does Taiwan. 

Blacklion based 4C member, Mr. Julien Thibault shares his migration story. Julien said: "my migration story is one of privilege, not hardship. I didn't flee conflicts, poverty or because of environmental disasters. I was free to travel and settle in Ireland. I was welcome. Ireland is welcoming country. Like many Irish in the diaspora, all migration stories have a common pupose: a better life for ourselves, our families, our communities. But often communities are victim of a perception that they are taking from people. The event showed the opposite, that we are generous in giving and sharing our food, our music, our stories, and the most importantly, who we are. Diversity enriches life; and events like these are show of appreciation to being welcome."

Mr. Neil Ledwith was based in Co. Fermanagh and serves in the army. He was born in Taiwan and adopted by family in Northern Ireland. 

Ms. Zeinab Elmustafa was involved in UN regional support office on  peacekeeping for Afghanistan before she moved to Ireland. Ms. Elmustafa and Mrs Vanda Brady work on project together to support refugee families settled in Ireland and provided them insightful information to help them integrate into local community in Co. Cavan. 

Ethnic cuisines were prepared by members;

Asia: 

Taiwanese Danzi Noodles and Bubble Milk Tea (by Derry and Vivian, Taiwan), 

Pork Skewers, Stir fry Noodles, Eggpie and Chicken Adobo (by Cathy, Daryl, Paul, Elmer and Victoria, the Philippines), 

Spice infused Tea (India)

Chicken Biryani, Pan Fried Pakistani style Salmon Dahi Phulki, Almond Flour Halwa (by Iqra, Pakistan), 

 

Africa: 

Yellow rice, Spiced chicken and Honey drumsticks (by Marisa and Odette, South Africa), 

Soup and Jelof rice, Puff-Puff (by Maryam, Nigeria), 

Yam Porridge and Stew (by Ramatoulaye, Benin)

Congolese's Pilau, Cassava chips, Mandazi Vitumbua Salad

(by Hawa and Tutu, Congo)

 

Europe:

Boxty (by Mary, Ireland), 

Coq au vin (by Julien, France), 

Traditional Sun Bread and Chicken shish kebap and pork shish kebap (by Milena and Tinko, Bulgaria), 

Cozonac (by Rafaela, Romania), 

Cepelinai (by Kebo, Lithuania),

Ukrainian borscht with smoked bacon with cream  and dark bread (by Vita and Sergiy ,Ukraine).

 

More than 120 people came tasting ethnic cuisines and sharing stories and music. We had Irish band Sarah Jane, Taiwanese Band DMJ, and Syrian young dancers performing in the afternoon. This event is sponsored by Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Healthy Cavan, Government of Ireland and Taiwan Ireland Association.

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