Shamrock Rovers defender Roberto Lopes today launched Ireland’s biggest-ever nationwide programme of events for Africa Day, the annual worldwide celebration of the people, cultures and potential of the African continent.

Lopes, who plays international football for Cape Verde, joined Minister for International Development Sean Fleming, fashion designer duo Umjoa Linn, rapper Celaviedmai, and artist Tobi Balogun to launch the Africa Day 2023 programme.

Africa Day, which falls annually on 25th May will be celebrated across Ireland, including a flagship event on 21st May 2023 at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham. The event will include a Cultural Village highlighting community groups from different African countries, a main stage with music and dance reflecting modern African/Irish culture and lots of creative entertainment for children.

Events organised by local authorities, including South Dublin County Council, will take place around the country to mark Africa Day. Visit for full details.

“I am delighted to launch Africa Day 2023, a day when we recognise the growing cultural, trade and political links between Ireland and Africa. I welcome the commitment and enthusiasm shown by our local authorities and community groups in organising such a diverse mix of cultural and sporting events across the country to celebrate Africa Day.”

“This year’s programme is the perfect showcase of the many talented people of African heritage we have living here in Ireland. It is also a day when people of all African backgrounds come together to celebrate the diversity of Africa. I hope people will get involved and enjoy Africa Day 2023.”.

Minister Sean Fleming