The 15-day long Lunar New celebrations are coming to an end. The biggest show was at the weekend when 10,000 people, including politicians and tourists, gathered to at the CHQ for a display of Chinese arts and crafts.
On the previous Saturday (17th) I attended a less-noticed and smaller celebration, at which mainly Chinese families attended. It was out-doors on a dry but chilly night at Hill Street playground.
A traditional lion dance led the program of 12 acts by and for local Chinese. The 9th presentation was made by the Chinese Catholic Community Choir. I admired the enthusiasm of the families involved. Despite the late hour and the lack of opportunities to practice, they put in a spirited performance.
They may be among the smallest of the Chinese communities in Dublin but they are gradually finding their voice!