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RCSI students celebrate cultural diversity and showcase talents at annual International Night

10 March 2014

RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) hosted its annual International Night on Friday, 7th March in the impressive Round Room at the Mansion House, Dublin. International Night is one of the most highly anticipated events in the College's calendar and it showcased the impressive cultural diversity and wide range of talents of the RCSI student body. 

Students performed dances and musical pieces from around the globe, from the traditional dances of the Middle East, the Chinese Lion Dance performed by PMCSA (representing Malaysia), to a heartfelt tribute to Nelson Mandela by the Caribbean African Society. The Irish Society delighted the audience with a musical tour through Irish history. Previous two-time winners of International Night PIBS (Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka) performed a fusion of dances from South Asia. Team Canada finished with an energetic tribute to the hockey legends and musical greats who defined their country.

Adding to the event's mix of talent, the Music Society and Choral Society performed musical pieces between acts, lending their voices to this celebration of RCSI's diversity. The audience were also treated to the musical talents of Lenin Ekpotu and Alyssa Verelli. Both are notching up an impressive list of performances at various college events. 

The judges tasked with the difficult decision of choosing the best performance were Emily O'Brien, Student Services; Marie Louise Brennan, SARA Office; Aidan Healy, Student Welfare; Shane Carr, RCSI Student Union President; and Fergus Matthews, RCSI Alumnus. The winners of International Night 2014, PMCSA - Malaysia, were awarded the coveted Parnell Keeling Trophy. 

The MCs for the evening, Aifric Heffernan and Hamza Mahmoud, did a splendid job in keeping the audience amused and entertained for the night. Louise Elliott and Mark Abel from the Societies Union, with the support of Student Services, did a wonderful job in making the event a great success.

Founded in 1784, RCSI's mission is to develop healthcare leaders who make a difference worldwide. RCSI is a not-for-profit health sciences organisation which focuses on education and research to drive positive change in all areas of human health worldwide. RCSI is headquartered in Dublin and is a recognised College of the National University of Ireland.