24/11/2016 - 13:06

Outstanding Polish Person in Ireland

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On 13 November 2016 one of our Directors Bozena Cierlik received prestigious award Wybitny Polak w Irlandii - Outstanding Polish Person in Ireland, category Education, presented by the Polish Ambassador in Ireland Prof R. Sarkowicz,  Minister of State in the Office of the Polish President Mr A. Kwiatkowski  and President of the Foundation for the Polish Promotion Emblem Teraz Polska Mr K. Przybyl
Graduate of KUL, Poland (MA in History and Archive Studies) and UCC (PhD). She lectures  Polish and East Central European history. She teaches Polish History Seminar  where students write a dissertation, based on primary sources, on chosen topic in Modern Polish History. It is the only Polish history seminar offered in all Irish universities which is  an integral part of the undergraduate degree BA in History. Each year Dr Cierlik organizes a research trip to Poland for her students where they can participate in lectures in University of Gdansk, have a masterclass in archive materials in IPN,. Students learn complexities of Polish history by visiting Westerplatte, Stutthof concentration camp and Tutonic Knight headquarter in Malbork, as well as the Solidarity Institute in Gdansk. 
The Polish Embassy in Dublin recognizes students efforts in research into Polish history and sponsors a prize for the best dissertation in Dr Cierlik Seminar in Polish History.
Dr Cierlik is also a one of the directors on the Board of Directors of Polish charity in Cork Together-Razem, responsible for education and culture.
She will talk about her current research in Warsaw in December at the Polish Army Museum o (event organised by the Irish Embassy in Poland). After the WWII Ireland became temporarily a home for a number of Poles who fought in the war. They came to study at Irish universities and UCC played important part in this program. It is largely forgotten story about how UCC and its President Prof O’Rahilly help Poles in exile.
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PolskaEire Festival launch in Cork
The 2017 PolskaEire Festival in Cork has been successfully launched at Heron House, at the Blackpool Shopping Center & Retail Park. Lord Mayor Cllr. Des Cahill was on the site to officially launch the festival. Other speakers were: David Stanton TD, Minister of State for Justice with special responsibility for Equality, Immigration, and Integration, and Piotr Rakowski - First Advisor, Head of Political and Economic Section; Political and European integration, Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Dublin. Great musical performance by Natalia Bakula (violin). At the opening we saw a specially prepared photo exhibition by Krzysztof Rosa - "Love doesn’t ask for a passport". Seamus Kirkpatrick from UCC delivered speech about love in Art.
The Craic was dobry again in Cork! Big thank you to Blackpool Shopping Centre & Retail Park for hosting the event!
Photos by Guy Heynen & Jana Šlebodová

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New office opening

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The exhibition ‘‘Love doesn’t ask for a passport’’

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