The Chinese presence in Ireland is a kaleidoscope of vibrant culture and community, and has risen to prominence in recent years with more emphasis placed on Chinese New Year celebrations around the country and a greater desire from the Irish populace for stronger ties with China itself.
The Chinese community in Ireland is one of the longest established migrant groups in the country and have been living in Ireland in significant numbers since the 1950s. It is estimated that in 1986 there were 1,000 Chinese people in Ireland while that number today stands at approximately 60,000, possibly the largest minority ethnic community in the country. There are hundreds of Chinese restaurants in Ireland, as well as dozens of Chinese cultural, sports and community organisations, and even a Chinese language newspaper.
Dublin City Council has run a very successful Dublin Chinese New Year Festival (DCNYF) in recent years and are committed to celebrating Sino-Irish relations and showcasing Chinese culture and heritage to a new and wider audience and supporting integration. The 2012 DCNYF Festival celebrated the year of the Dragon in the 4710th year of the Chinese calendar. For information on the Chinese New Year celebrations in Ireland every year, the Chinese New Year Website is a complete listing of all that’s on.
Dublin’s Chinatown, although not officially called by this name, is located on Parnell Street and in recent years has extended down into Capel Street. Most of the Chinese influence in the area consist of restaurants, internet cafes or grocery stores. Dublin’s Chinatown is small in size and has been dubbed China Village.
The Chinese Irish Cultural Academy is an organization founded in 2004 by a group of enthusiastic artists and educators from the Chinese Community in Ireland.The mission of the organization is to preserve and promote Chinese performing arts and culture in a newly emerging and changing Irish culture. The Academy is dedicated to training students who enjoy Chinese classical and folk dance. The Academy performance group is made up of advance students and guest professional artists. Get in touch with them if you’re interested in attending one of their many classes.