New citizens urged to share in sport and music
Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty invited Ireland's 3,000 new citizens to get involved in Gaelic games and Irish music, and to share their culture in order to integrate into society.
Speaking at the citizenship ceremony at the Convention Centre in Dublin, the minister also commended how Ireland had 100,000 new citizens in the past six years - people who came from more than 170 countries across all continents.
"The only way that our lives in this country are ever going to be enriched by the culture and the heritage and the music and the sport that you would have cherished and valued from your native countries, is for you to share it with us and for us to share our love of our history, of our country and of our music with you," Ms Doherty said.
"So instead of going back to your communities and staying with your own nationality of people - as sometimes the Irish do when we go abroad - can I ask you to make a concerted effort in your towns and your villages to get involved in our GAA clubs or our athletics clubs or our rugby clubs, and to go down when the Irish session is on and bring your own instruments and show us what you play and how much you love and value your own culture," she added.