A total of 8 girls from 6 different countries took part in this very important event. These girls, some of them young mums have all come from foreign lands and were brave enough to take the challenge of learning the history of Ireland, the place they now call home, to understand what happened here in 1916 and the roles women played during the revolution. They were each given the task to undertake studies of some of the women, for which each of them gave presentations at the event.
ON 27TH OF FEBRUARY, 2016, Diversity & Multicultural Initiative (DMI) ORGANISED A 1916 EVENT IN COMMEMORATION OF THE EASTER RISING, TAGGED "MISS CENTENARY IRELAND" to celebrate the women of 1916. Each contestant researched and presented papers on the women and their involvements during the Rising.
This epic event was 100% self-sponsored as DMI did not receive any grants whatsoever, but due to sheer determination and a hunger to be part of something so special (The Centenary of Ireland), it still turned out so great and a lot was explored, experienced and shared about 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland.
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THE EVENT WHICH TOOK PLACE IN CARLTON HOTEL DUBLIN-15, SAW 8 YOUNG LADIES FROM DIFFERENT NATIONALITIES COMPETE TO WIN THE TITLE OF MISS CENTENARY IRELAND 2016. IT WAS PLANNED TO COINCIDE WITH THE FORMAL LAUNCH OF THE ORGANISATION.
After a grueling 12 weeks of research, rehearsals & more practices, it all came together
Judges Cutting the Centenary Cake!
Our very amiable MCs, Fabu D & Kafifi Runsewe (Ms Kafifi was also the Catwalk Director during rehearsals)
Our Special Outing to 'Moore Street' with a tour guide who was very enthusiastic about telling us the stories of what happened in that area in 1916.
Well deserved Awards for the girls!
A bunch of thanks to all who helped & supported us in one way or the other to a fantastic Centenary celebrations 2016. You are deeply appreciated!
It wasn't an issue of winner takes all, it was simply an opportunity for all involved to learn more about the history of the country we've all made our new home and share in that experience - something that will remain with us for life. Ms Annie Waithira, originally from Kenya, however won the title with her winning poem 'Dear Future Ireland'. She spent the next 12 months working on various projects alongside DMI founder, Mrs. Carol Azams. She was the national coordinator of Ireland's Festival of Nations 2016.