On October 10, 2015, UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland held the official launch of Confucius Classroom and the Open Day of Chinese Culture at Galway Education Centre. H.E. Mr. Xu Jianguo, Chinese Ambassador to Ireland, Councillor Frank Fahy, the Mayor of Galway, and Prof. Liming Wang, Director of UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland attended this event and addressed the audience.
Ambassador Xu extended his congratulations on the launch of the first Confucius Classroom at Galway Education Centre in Galway and furthermore expressed his gratefulness to Galway Education Centre for their tremendous efforts and contributions in promoting Chinese language and culture. Ambassador Xu believes that the newly established Confucius Classroom at Galway Education Centre will be developing stronger links between China and Ireland and enhancing understanding between Chinese people and Irish people.
Councillor Frank Fahy, the Mayor of Galway, also praised the achievements of Galway Education Centre in hosting a wide range of Chinese culture activities with the strong endorsement given by UCD Confucius Institute.Under the discourse of multiculturalism, the newly launched Confucius Classroom should be expected to host even more cultural events and activities in Galway.
Prof. Liming Wang emphasized the important role of the Confucius Classroom at Galway Education Centre by saying that it will bring more opportunities along with more convenience to people with strong interests in learning Chinese language and culture. The Classroom will be the focal point for promoting Chinese language and culture in the west part of Ireland.
On the day of the launch, the Chinese teachers from UCD Confucius Institute also arranged a series of cultural workshops and hence engaged the local people at Galway to take part in a wide range of cultural activities in person, such as Chinese calligraphy, Guzheng (traditional Chinese instrument) performance, Chinese tea ceremony, Taiji, and paper-cutting, etc. Councilor Frank Fahy and some local audience also participated into the teaching demo for Chinese language class, as well as practicing how to express greetings in Chinese.