Refugee Week

World Refugee week in Athlone runs from 18 to 23rd June 2022. 

World Refugee Day 20 June 2022

New Horizon Refugee and Asylum Seeker Support and Friends would like to invite you to come and celebrate the lives and cultures of the 500 people who have taken shelter among us.

We have a range of fun and exciting events in Athlone; Football and Circus and Book launch, Arts and Music. 

Check out our video and our Poster

Calendar of Events

Sat 18th June10am to 4pmWillow Park Football Grounds‘World Cup’ football competition organised by Athlone African Society
Sun 19th June3pm to 5pmCivic Square, AthloneGreat Circus Extravaganza

Young people display their extraordinary circus skills, juggling and stilt walking and acrobatics and lots more.

Checkout the circus programme.

Thanks to Galway Community Circus and Gateway Youth Project.
Mon 20th June6:30Aidan Heavey Library, AthloneBook and Audio Launch

Tales My Granny Told Me’ are stories collected from residents in the Athlone Accommodation Unit. Stories will be broadcast by Athlone Community Radio and stored in the National Archive. 

Launched by Prof. Kevin Rafter Chair of the Arts Council of Ireland

See Tales My Granny Told Me

Thanks to Create, National Development Agency for Collaborative Arts for generous funding of this very important project. Also to Athlone Community Radio, who have been good friends for many years.
Tue 21st June11am to 3pmLuan Gallery, AthloneVisit Luan Gallery

Guided tour of exhibition ‘The Soul of Matter’ with artist, Derick Smith, and curator Valeria Ceregini.
– Drop in art workshop for children
Tues 21st June 11am to 3pm Athlone CastleFree Tours of Athlone Castle

Discover the colourful history of Athlone, its castle and people.
– Interactives  & Games
– Stunning views of Athlone
Thurs 23rd June6pmTechnological University of the ShannonTrading Tunes in TUS

This is an opportunity to explore Irish and Ukrainian music and culture. Lecture theatre at 6:00 pm.
Thurs 23rd June 6pm Aidan Heavey Library, Athlone Tree of Hope Art Exhibition Launch

An exhibition of Artworks created by Syrian English language learners in Kilbeggan. Amal in Arabic, mean hope, prospect, expectancy and trust

See Tree of Hope

We hope that you can join us in one or several of these events. 

Welcome all! 

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