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City of a Thousand Welcomes

Posted by on August 13, 2012

City of a Thousand Welcomes

Over the next few weeks we’ll be giving each of the 2012 Finalists the opportunity to introduce themselves to you. The eight Finalists are taking part in a three month evaluation and support programme. In October we’ll be announcing the three social entrepreneurs who make it onto the Impact Programme (support and funding worth €200,000) and the five who will make it on to the Elevator Programme (support and funding worth €35,000). Today Trevor White explains the background to a remarkable new civic initiative.

City of a Thousand Welcomes

One night in 2009 I met a friend for a pint in the Swan Lounge on Aungier Street. There was a young man from Australia beside us, and we soon fell into conversation. He had just arrived in Dublin from Egypt, where he was working as a gold-miner. When we asked him why he’d come to Ireland, the Australian replied without hesitation: “Because I heard the people are really friendly.” Read More

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