Sharon Murphy

> Singer/Songwriter

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"My vision for 2020 would be to live in a country, my country, where skin colour is not used as an excuse to justify ongoing discrimination in housing or in employment."

Work

I am a singer-songwriter. My music could be described as Irish-soul-folk music with reggae influences, due to my Caribbean heritage. Much of my music and songwriting comes from my personal experiences growing up in Ireland. I am also a diversity-activist at the Galway One World Centre (GOWC), where I’ve been working for over ten years as an anti-racism facilitator. I am also currently working on diversity performance dialogues and anti-racism and diversity workshops, which explore racism as a system of power and privilege.  

Visions for 2020

My vision for 2020 would be to live in a country, my country, where skin colour is not used as an excuse to justify ongoing discrimination in housing or in employment, where black people will see a future for themselves and their loved ones and begin to feel that it’s possible to be a part of society in Ireland. A place where opportunities for them and their loved ones will open up and where their contribution and achievements will be recognised and celebrated. I would like for Galway to be a place that can see how these contributions and achievements benefit all of us in Galway City and County.  

Impact on Galway

I would love to inspire people through my music. I would also love to come together and work for one year with a group of people from different cultural musical backgrounds who have a passion for acting, singing and dancing, to tell this, our human story, through drama, song and dance.