Carlow County Development Partnership were delighted to be able to support the Rohingya community’s participation in the UNHCR and Sport Against Racism Ireland Fair Play Football Cup event on July 2nd. This event is Ireland’s largest World Refugee Day event, and saw 20 teams of men and women playing in the annual tournament at the Law Society Gardens in Dublin.The tournament featured teams drawn from refugee and community groups, direct provision centres, NGOs and members of the media. Along the Rohingya who come from Myanmar, approximately 160 players from a host of different countries took part, including  Angola, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Eritrea, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Somalia.
We were delighted to be able to support the team through the provision of a new kit, which  member of the CCDP Board Joe Butler and SICAP Development Worker Annette Fox presented to the team on Saturday. They proudly wore the jersey as they met with  David Stanton T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Justice & Equality, and as they played, making it to the quarter finals of the competition.  This tournament  provides a wonderful opportunity for different communities to come together to commemorate World Refugee Day and celebrate the changing face of communities in Ireland.
The new jerseys got the team noticed by the Irish Times: you can read it here: