Tuesday 20 February 2018

Ready, teddy, go Saoirse's simple bear necessities

Kathryn Hayes

MORE than 60 children from countries across the world enjoyed a special teddy bears' picnic in Limerick yesterday.

The picnic in the People's Park was organised by Doras Luimni, the Limerick-based support group for migrants and refugees.

It was one of a series of events organised as part of the group's 10th anniversary celebrations.

"We were absolutely delighted with the turnout and the weather really held off, so it was a huge success," said co-ordinator Leonie Kerinsi.

"The event was really about getting people together and we had a diverse group of migrant children who are living in Limerick from countries in Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa enjoying themselves with Irish children," she added.

Limerick's mayor Cllr Maria Byrne officially opened the event where children were entertained by 'Giggles' the clown, Barney and magician Steve Spade.

A major conference entitled 'Many Cultures, One Home' will take at Thomond Park on September 9.

Our pictures by Emma Jervis show five-year-old Saoirse Exton and, inset, twins Judith and Jessica Dakudzi (18 months).

Irish Independent

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