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Ukrainian and Limerick communities come together to mark the 2-year anniversary of the war

February 22, 2024
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Community event in Arthur's Quay will mark the 2-year anniversary of the war on Ukraine

Saturday February 24th marks the second anniversary of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine by Russia. This has resulted in thousands of deaths, the displacement of millions of people, and the widespread destruction of essential facilities and services. Limerick has welcomed over 3,000 people escaping the war, and in doing so, they have formed bonds with the city and county that will extend across generations.

Doras CEO John Lannon said, “Limerick should be proud of the welcome it has shown to people from Ukraine. We must remember that the war continues to displace civilians, and to reduce access to education, economic opportunities, health care and food security. People continue to arrive in Ireland seeking protection, and while the circumstances they arrive into are not always ideal, we should continue to welcome and support them.”

He continued, “Everyone seeking protection in Ireland, be they asylum seekers or beneficiaries of temporary protection from Ukraine, should be treated with the dignity they deserve and helped to get on with their lives.”

As the Ukrainian community in Limerick comes together on February 24th to remember the victims of war and to show their appreciation for the warm welcome of the Irish people, it is also important to recognise the contributions being made by Ukrainians to our communities. 

Across the country, tens of thousands of Ukrainians have attended employment support events, with many having already secured employment or started their own businesses. There are also 18,000 children from Ukraine enrolled in primary and secondary schools, adding to the rich diversity of our communities.

For many of the people who arrived from Ukraine, the lack of available housing has meant that their stay in temporary, unsuitable accommodation has been difficult. Family life has been curtailed, and children’s development and mental health are affected.    

Nonetheless, the work done by a wide range of agencies and groups to provide access to services has been commendable.

Doras’ Ukraine Support and Integration Worker, Serhii Korobtsov said, “The thousands of men, women and children who saw their homes destroyed in Ukraine were received here with open arms. Ireland and Limerick have become their second home. And for this unwavering welcome, Ukrainians will be eternally grateful to the people and local communities of Limerick.”

Doras will host a Standing for Peace gathering in Arthur’s Quay Park at 11.30am on Saturday February 24th. Everyone is invited to attend.

 

Contact:

Caroline França 083 421 2298

The thousands of men, women and children who saw their homes destroyed in Ukraine were received here with open arms. Ireland and Limerick have become their second home. And for this unwavering welcome, Ukrainians will be eternally grateful to the people and local communities of Limerick.

Serhii Korobtsov - Support and Integration Worker