A day in Citywest: 764 rooms at the heart of Ireland’s response to the refugee crisis
The largest hotel in Ireland used to host political ard fheiseanna and sporting celebrations. Now it is a haven for Ukrainian refugees fleeing war after Russia’s invasion of their home country
Before they came to Citywest in Dublin, Yuliya Bessara, her mother Olena and her four-year-old niece Marguerite were living in Kryvyi Rih, the home town of Volodymyr Zelensky, the Ukrainian president.
They fled to Poland when Russia invaded and spent four months there, but could not find work. One of the members of their Polish host family had lived in Ireland and told them that it was a “really great country to work in”.