I moved to Ireland at the age of 10 from Kenya. The experience was difficult as I was met with a lot of racism as Carlow at the time did not have a lot of diversity. At various intervals of my life in Carlow I was made feel like an ‘Other’ and left feeling like I could never attain this ‘Irish’ status. Only through time did I learn that Irishness does not mean whiteness. As the years have gone by, I have been able to see the positive change in Carlow as it is now a town that is visibly diverse and multicultural. Ireland is forever changing as we are becoming more multicultural and diverse and contemporary Ireland needs to reflect and be opened to this change.
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