Programme of Events for Social Inclusion Week

Dublin City Council officially launched its Programme of Events for Social Inclusion Week on Monday, 26th September in the Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2.
The City Council is committed to creating a city that is socially inclusive and Social Inclusion Week helps to promote an understanding of Social Inclusion and raise awareness about a number of issues including; integration of our new migrant communities, creation of an age friendly society in response to population aging, mental health, LGBT rights, people with disabilities and homelessness.  

Speaking ahead of the launch, Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr said “Dublin City Council is committed to creating a city that is socially inclusive and this week-long programme of events helps to promote an understanding of social inclusion. This year’s programme coincides with National Positive Ageing Week so it is fitting that many of the events celebrate an age friendly society. I would like to congratulate all those involved in organising this diverse programme of events.”    
The Launch featured entertainment and performances by a variety of artists including; the Visionaries School of Music, a small but extremely enthusiastic group of visually impaired musicians who make up one of Ireland’s most unique music schools. Originally formed in June 2015 with the support of Dublin City Council by Fighting Blindness an Irish Charity dedicated to funding and enabling research into treatments and cures for blindness, the Visionary Choir plays a key role in empowering and supporting visually impaired individuals.
High Hopes Choir, Ireland’s first homeless choir also performed at the launch. Founded in 2014, the choir are a powerful voice for Homelessness Awareness. They have performed in venues as diverse as Áras an Uactharáin and Electric Picnic where they have played alongside artists like Florence and the Machine and Christy Moore.
The Doyle/Halpin School of Irish Dancing, an Irish dance school based in Ballyfermot/ Cherry Orchard performed for guests on the night too. The school which teaches Irish dancing to children and seniors is based on an ethos of inclusivity and volunteerism. They have worked with numerous charities, performing regularly at events such as the Cherry Orchard Hospital Annual Christmas Party and The Marie Keating Breast Cancer Charity’s Annual Fashion.

To view full Programme of events for Social Inclusion Week, see
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Notes to the Editor:

Highlights of this year’s programme include:

‘Life Made Fabulous Fashion Show’ – Wednesday, 28th September
Dublin City Council in association with Debenhams Ireland brings you the ‘Life Made Fabulous Fashion Show. This unique fashion show will take place on Wednesday 28th, September from 10 am – 12pm in Debenhams Restaurant, Henry Street, Dublin 1.
Lord Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr and thirty volunteer models from Dublin made up of ‘extraordinary’ men and women will take to the catwalk to showcase just how stylish the over 50s can be. The models’ family and friends will attend as guests and they will be treated to a special morning of breakfast, music, mini makeovers and consultations.
All of the models will be styled from head to toe by Debenhams and Jules Fallon from First Option Model Agency. Lisa Cannon from TV3 will be MC for the event.

National Immigrant Conference – Thursday, 29th September

 The Equality Then, Now & the Future Conference and Workshop will take place on Thursday, 29th September in Wynn’s Hotel, Abbey Street, Dublin 1 from 10am – 5pm.

Hosted by AkiDwA, the conference will celebrate diversity and the contribution made by migrants in 21st century Ireland. It will also focus on measures and strategies that need to be put in place to promote an inclusive Ireland.

Smithfield Box Fest – Thursday, 29th September – 1st October

Smithfield Box Fest, a boxing tournament and intercultural event will take place from Thursday, 29th September to Saturday, 1st of October in Dublin City Council’s Aughrim Street Sports Centre, Smithfield, Dublin 7. The aim of this event is to promote cultural integration and demonstrate how the sport of boxing can be used to promote social inclusion.

The Festival, which is in its 7th year, is organised by Smithfield Amateur Boxing Club in conjunction with Dublin City Council and Irish Athletic Boxing Association. It features boxers from Russia, Ukraine, England, Germany, Lithuania, Latvia and Northern Ireland, Denmark, Poland and Ireland.


Mental Health Open Mic Event – Friday, 30th September

Dublin’s first mental health themed open mic night will take place in The Complex, 15 Little Green Street (off Capel Street), Dublin 7. Doors open at 7pm, show begins at 7.30pm. Free Event.

Poetry, Spoken Word, Music, Storytelling, Drama, Comedy – Share your experience through performance in an open and caring space. The event will feature Nicole Rourke, Karl Parkinson, Dylan Harcourt and special guests.

To view full Programme of events for Dublin City Council’s Social Inclusion Week see