Africa Day 2008 – Dublin Castle
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More than 7000 people converged on Dublin Castle today to celebrate Africa Day.
The event was the only one of its kind celebrating the African Union to take place outside of the African continent.
Traditional song, dance and crafts from all parts of the continent were on display at the event.
‘Ireland has a long history of association with the continent of Africa through the Irish missionaries and NGOs but more recently through immigration,’ Minister for Integration, Conor Lenihan said at the event.
‘According to the Census of 2006 Africans now make up 8% of Ireland’s new communities,’ he said.
‘In the light of these strong connections it is only appropriate that we celebrate this day,’ he added
Musical guests such as Mundy, Sinead O’Connor, The Republic of Loose, Kila and a number of African entertainers performed at the event.