According to a 2004 article by The Guardian a UK publication, there were 65,000 legal Chinese workers in Ireland, with half of them residing in Dublin. 4,000 of them lived within a half-mile radius of Dublin's Smithfield. It is now 2018 and that number has greatly increased and I should know as I live close to Smithfield. The selection of Asian Restaurants close to my home is amazing [for those who live in the UK. when I use the word Asian I do not mean Indian because there are actually very few Indian restaurants in Dublin]
Also because of Brexit the Irish Governments are expecting a huge increase in the number of Chinese students studying in Ireland.
DCNYF is a programme of the City Arts Office, part of the Culture, Community & Recreation Department of Dublin City Council (Chief Executive Owen P. Keegan, Deputy Chief Executive Brendan Kenny). The work of the Arts Office is made possible by the support of the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Mícheál MacDonncha, and the members of Dublin City Council.
Established in 2008, the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival (DCNYF) year-on-year celebrates, promotes and deepens the understanding of the Sino/Irish relationship. The 2018 programme celebrates The Year of the Dog and marks the 11th year of this internationally recognised festival. With Chinese New Year’s Day falling on Friday 16th of February 2018, the festival plans to deliver a high profile cultural and celebratory programme to mark this significant date in the Chinese Calendar. Dublin will also continue to build on its twinning agreement with Beijing signed in 2011 and Dublin Airport Authority twinning with Beijing Airport established in 2013.
The DCNYF works closely with an Advisory Panel made up of the following:
Dr. Isabella Jackson: Assistant Professor in Chinese History, Trinity College Dublin.
Luzi Wen: President, Chinese Students & Scholars Association.
Dr Yupeng Liu: Dublin Institute of Technology.
Howard Pau: Honorary President, Chinese Society of Ireland.
Mary Redfern: Curator of East Asian Collections, Chester Beatty Library.
Jianwei Wang: President, Chinese (Bei Fang) Business Association In Ireland.
Liming Wang: Director, UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland.
Yong Wu: General Secretary, Irish Fujian Business Association, Irish Fujian Association.
Duane Byrne: Business in China & Director of Unique Communications.