Celebrate Africa Day 2014

Events took place throughout Ireland from 19th to 25th May 2014. Further details available at www.africaday.ie

This event is held on May 25th each year to mark the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU).

On that date in 1963, leaders of 30 of the 32 independent African states signed a founding charter at Addis Ababa in Ethiopia. In 1991 the OAU became the African Union.

Irish Aid at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has been the driving force behind Africa Day celebrations in Ireland since 2006. Initially, it worked to fund and promote a small number of events centring around culture and policy. In 2008, it expanded the profile of activities by hosting a significant family day event in Dublin. This was followed by the roll-out of flagship celebratory events – in Dublin and Limerick – during the subsequent two years. In addition to these flagship events, Irish Aid supported a programme of community-based and policy-focused initiatives around the country.

Over the past seven years, the national programme of events and the profile of Africa Day in the media has grown consistently. In 2012, Africa Day was celebrated with a two-day family event held at George’s Dock, Dublin, as well as with events in Cork, Limerick and Galway. More information on Africa Day 2012 can be found at www.africaday.ie/africaday2012.

The key event last year was held at Farmleigh Estate in Dublin’s Phoenix Park and attracted over 34,000 visitors. This flagship event was flanked by successful regional events in Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford. Find out more about Africa Day 2013 at www.africaday.ie/africaday2013.

This year Irish Aid continued its support of events to mark Africa Day in 2014 including anAfrica Day Dublin, a flagship family eventin Dublin on Sunday, 25th May 2014 and a series of events throughout Ireland in partnership with the city councils in Cork, LimerickGalway and Waterford.


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Celebrating Africa Day 2013 at Farmleigh in the Phoenix Park

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