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Craig Moore, originally from Romania, Tshi Tshi Mbaya, originally from Brazil, and Michael Richards, from Dublin, at a  multicultural sports day in Pearse Park, Crumlin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

Craig Moore, originally from Romania, Tshi Tshi Mbaya, originally from Brazil, and Michael Richards, from Dublin, at a multicultural sports day in Pearse Park, Crumlin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

There are few better ways to see what the country is going to look like in a generation than from the sideline of an underage football, GAA or rugby match. Children’s sports, alive and well across all codes in this country, give a wonderful snapshot of the different ethnicities living in this large suburban nation.

My son’s football team, on its various travels, has come across outfits made up of well-drilled Lithuanians. They have played against a squad of all-African boys, save for the solitary white goalie – a boy from a Serbian family. And they have togged out against a predominantly Arab club where the back four were all called Mohammed.

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