Their dream is to build a life in Cork.
But despite having their application for asylum here refused in January, The Singh family is once again stepping out to help the local community by handing out free handmade face masks in the city on Sunday.
The Singhs, parents, Raminder and Haminder Kaur, and their three children, Sandeep, Gursewak, and Gurcharan arrived in Ireland from India to seek asylum in 2017.
The family of Sikhs live in the direct provision centre on the Kinsale Road, where they met Roos Demol, one of the founders of Citadel, the centre’s world music band.
Roos has set up a petition to allow the family to remain in Ireland (available here), which has since been signed by thousands of people.
“They have been a very important part of our lives over the last three years,” she said.
“Gursewak Singh, one of the sons is our very talented tabla player who has performed with us throughout the year in Cork and Ireland, he has become our brother and one of the most talented musicians in Citadel.”
His younger brother Gurcharan is a talented member of the cricket team, KRAC-11 and also plays with the Cork County cricket team. He goes to school in Cork and has dreams of becoming a national cricket player for Ireland.
“Their sister Sandeep is a lovely young lady who is studying to become a beautician,” added Roos.
“She has many friends in the college and wants to start her own business in Cork. The parents Raminder and Haminder Kaur, are very loving and always take part in community events, cooking their great curries and socialising with everyone! They have brought up a wonderful family that has made Ireland their home.”
The Singh family will be on Cork’s St. Patrick’s Street this Sunday, September 20th at 12.30pm, when they will distribute 500 free face mask to anyone who needs one.