Two black South African students have spoken out about how they were turned away from a bar in Dublin due to the colour of their skin.
Anathi and Ezile, students living in the capital, were recently refused entry into an unnamed establishment in Temple Bar, with a member of the security staff telling them “no blacks allowed”.
Ezile, who has lived in Ireland for five years and is currently studying for a Master’s in International Development at University College Dublin, told RTE Radio One: “I was denied access to a place because of my skin colour.
“It was my first time experiencing such racism.”
Her friend Anathi added that they thought the bouncer was joking at first before they realised he was “dead serious”. They explained how they asked to see the manager of the pub to challenge the door policy, but the security guard refused.
They also expressed their disappointment that nobody outside the bar confronted the door staff or offered to help them.
“No one intervened, no one said anything,” Ezile said. “It was sad, I felt really let down. I thought someone would eventually get up and say something, but no one stood up, they just watched us. It was so humiliating.”
The pair eventually managed to get an assistant from a nearby shop to get the manager for them. The manager explained the pub’s admission policy and said that they had the right not to disclose the reasons why they deny access to people.
Following the incident, which occurred around 7pm, the students immediately headed to the Garda station and were told to return at a later date to make a statement.