A stunning mural highlighting the unique connection and unity between Africa and Ireland has been unveiled ahead of the Africa Day 2022 celebrations.
The mural was unveiled at Old Bawn Community School, Tallaght, by Minister for Overseas Development and Diaspora, Colm Brophy T.D., and Shamrock Rovers and Cape Verde star Roberto Lopes.
Minister Brophy and Lopes were joined by artist Arthur Oner and Princess Ibrahim and Victorica Doyeni, two of the 5th year students who helped design the mural.
The mural celebrates the connection and unity between Ireland and Africa. This is expressed through a multifaceted portrait of a woman, featuring characteristics of both traditional African and Irish dress. Colourful tribal African print is juxtaposed with Celtic tartan print, combining the unique textures and patterns of each culture.
The portrait is surrounded by symbols of both cultures, encompassed by the colour green. Green features on the flags of a number of African nations due to its symbolism of growth and nature.
Green is also the national colour of Ireland, and is traditionally a symbol of rebirth in Celtic culture.
This mural was painted by Arthur Oner and was designed in collaboration with students from Old Bawn Community School. The mural is proudly supported by Shamrock Rovers F.C.. Earlier this year, Roberto Lopes became the first Irish-born footballer to play in the African Cup of Nations when he represented Cape Verde.
Africa Day celebrations kick-off this week with events taking place nationwide over the next two weeks. Events are being organised by local authorities around Ireland in partnership with Irish Aid.
A film festival will take place in Dublin next week. A limited number of tickets remain available and can be booked free of charge at AfricaDay.ie.