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.