Despite the warm welcome, living in a Donegal Gaeltacht village is proving to be a challenge for two Nigerian families seeking asylum in Ireland.
Two Nigerian women Elizabeth and Olajumoke and their eight children arrived in Falcarragh, the small Gaeltacht village in north-west Donegal after they were forced to leave their temporary emergency accommodation in Dublin because of overcrowding.
The asylum seekers arrived in Falcarragh at night, following a long bus journey from Dublin. Elizabeth’s first impression of her new locality was,
They are going to kill us.
However, the Nigerians received a warm welcome from the small community. The younger children have enrolled in the local national school. Séamus Mac Aodha the principal of Scoil Naisiunta Fhionnáin says it is the first time black people have attended the school and
That creates a challenge both for the school and for the community.
For the Nigerians, they must get used to the isolation, the weather, and the different food. Ultimately they would like to be moved nearer to a city to get the food they need and more facilities for the children. However, they are grateful for the support they have received from the people of Falcarragh.
An RTÉ News report broadcast on 28 October 1999. The reporter is Orla O’Donnell.