Today, over 350 young people from 30 schools and youth services gathered at Tallaght Stadium for the 9th Annual Show Racism the Red Card Creative Competition awards. A showcase of art, poetry and multimedia creativity was on display.
Check out just a sample of the media coverage from the day: https://www.irishtimes.com/sport/soccer/international/martin-o-neill-christie-abuse-shows-racism-still-rife-in-football-1.3479463?mode=amp&__twitter_impression=true
Full media coverage report here-
Special Commendations were presented to
- Salesian Secondary Pallaskenry, Limerick
- Presentation Secondary School Thurles, Tipperary
- Mungret Community College, Limerick
- Scoil Naisiunta Muire Na nGael, Louth
- Attic Youth Service, Longford
- Dundalk Grammar, Louth
The winner of the category awards were:
National Learning Network, Ennis- Youth
Caherline National School
The overall winner was St Pauls CBS, North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7.
by Melissa Akalonu
Dreams. I dream of something great ;something bigger, there’s no debate.
Where we wouldn’t segregate for cynical reasons like hate.
I dream where the north south divide we’ve been taught about wouldn’t matter as much, because humanity hasn’t been cast aside..
Where the voices and cries of students aren’t overlooked by the orange man on top of the red, blue and white flag; Basic human rights denied.
I dream of a time where our leaders would finally learn from history’s mistake. I mean why fight fire with fire?seek peace by causing war? For God’s sake!
Where am I, I must still be dreaming- I am not awake!
I dream that one day, we’ll come out of our apathetic and technology-infested bubbles and see that we all go through the same troubles and face similar struggles.And In this made up universe; I’ll be judged not for the colour of my skin but the content of my character.
Where my race or gender isn’t a barrier or treated like a curse.
I dream that these dreams don’t have to be dreams but reality. Where this school can be the door and we are the key.
Wherever you go we’ll be by your side, anything you want we’ll provide.
This is no coincidence, 50 different cultures! You can talk to anyone from the Isle of Man to the Republic of Congo to Pakistan!!, This is clearly God’s Plan (or whatever higher power you believe in).
I dream that – no, I believe that the change starts with us regardless of our religion, gender or sexuality. Where we can conquer all adversities because there’s unity in diversity.
The robin and tit,
Of beauty and grit,
Each one that emits,
It’s unique toolkit,
Yet It’s hard to admit,
That some lacking wit,
Include the robin but omit the tit.
The rabbit and hare,
As light as soft air,
Stride up and down where,
They live but beware,
The bipedal bear,
Who discovered the pair,
Greeting the rabbit and hunting the hare.
Of black and of white,
Of split and of spite,
Of hoods and of blight,
Why of blood and bite,
Stop the needless fight,
And preserve each rite,
Of both the black and the white.
Belvedere college S.J.