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14/07/2015 - 9:36

Mr David Stanton TD visited our Centre on Monday as a special guest of our project "Flying Seniors". In this project we educate Polish senior migrants in terms of voting rights and political processes. Main aim of "Flying Seniors " programme is to increase citizens’ activity and help the migrant communities in Cork City & County to become more politically aware and engaged. David Stanton has been helping Polish migrants in East Cork for many years and as he said he supports Together-Razem Centre work and services provided to Polish and Eastern Europeans. He has been invited to tell our programme participants about Dail, governement legislation procedures, and also a little bit about history of political system in Ireland. In great atmoshere with tea and buscuits on the table our seniors had a lot of questions to Mr Stanton. Our programme "Flying Seniors" is moving smoothly and there is a plan to invite local councillor from Cork City Councill to gain more knowldge about local political system.

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25/06/2015 - 18:17
European Anti Poverty Network Ireland, in partnership with Community Action Network (CAN) invited our Centre members to take part in a workshop in Cork on the 24th June 2015.During the workshop we had an opportunity to reflect with others from our community on our passion for social justice.
This workshop was also a chance for personal reflection on the community issues and was a chance to get to know about models of change. We had an opportunity to participate in a strategic planning exercise. We thank you for invitation and looking forward to conference in November 2015.
 
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02/06/2015 - 11:42

Well done folks. You have made it through a nasty rain and blowing wind. Thank you very much for running for Together-Razem Centre and Pomost Sobriety Club. You are our heroes. Cork City Marathon 2015 runners below.

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22/04/2015 - 22:26
Whether for their  loved ones, friends or simply out of curiosity or passion for unusual languages there are more and more people interested in learning Polish. Here at Together- Razem we provide a 10 weeks long Polish language course for beginners.
There are different reasons why you should learn Polish: 
1. It can help you communicate with your Polish friends or partners and their family. You will also be able to understand their culture better. 
2. Like any other foreign language it will broaden your career opportunities, especially now that Ireland has more links with Poland.
3. Polish is unique – you will learn something new and different that not many people know. Don’t worry, it is not as difficult as you think ;)
 
 You will learn how to talk about yourself and your hobbies, describe your day-to-day activities and have a simple conversation with your Polish friends. The following are some of the topics we will talk about: 
1. Greetings, pronunciation
2. Numbers, first conjugation verbs
3. Describing people and their character
4. Nationalities, professions, second conjugation verbs
5. Family, age
6. Hobbies and interests
7. Food, prices 
8. Day-to-day activities, days of the week, some reflexive verbs
9. Clothes, colours, idioms
10. Months, past tense 
 
The course starts on 9th of May 2015 at 3pm.
Price: 100 €. All are welcome!!
 

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31/03/2015 - 18:31
“You are welcome to Cork!” – This was the clear message of the Deputy Mayor of Cork in his speech at the beginning of the PolskaEire festival on Saturday, 28th.of March. He added: “Cork has always opened its harbour for people from outside the country, Polish included”. Most of the people participating in the festival got that welcoming feeling on this day. Those who spoke at the beginning on the stage, encouraged the Polish people to get involved in community work, even in politics. The Polish consul said in her speech: “I am proud of being Polish in Ireland!” Voyteck  Bialek, one of  Together-Razem director's reminded that there are people out there who feel lonely and who need support. He also recognized the work of many volunteers involved in making this event possible.
In the course of the day, a school girl from Polish School in Cork read a letter about life in her new home in Ireland, differences between her old and new country from a perspective of a child.
Dr. Gabriel Doherty from UCC held a lecture about what Ireland and Poland have in common in history around the early 1980s of last century: Both countries started diplomatic relations in 1973 when Ireland became part of the European Community. Although the relationship to other Eastern-European countries at the period of the Cold War had to be clearly defined, Poland was a different case: Why was that? – Ireland and Poland had the same history. The hunger strikes in Northern-Ireland in 1981 were a response to the Solidarity movement in Poland. When in 1981 Poland was in need of food that same year, Ireland was the no. 1 country in Europe to donate. Dr. Gabriel Doherty went further on to the creation of the Irish-Polish Society in January 1982. Great speech interestingly delivered.
All in all, the festival was very well attended on 28 March, the organizers even experienced the lack of space between all the business stands, entertainment performances, bands, dancing and food sampling. What people enjoyed most was delicious Polish food that was on offer, the music and the fantastic Polish dances in their exotic garments.
You could see people making new friends, enjoying themselves and chatting along with some old work colleagues they haven’t seen for a while. Even though Polish is the biggest minority in Ireland, people know each other, recognize their old flat mates, fellow English course students and neighbours. You could see some mixed couples, people bringing their other half to show off the essence of Poland. You could hear Polish language on the streets of Cork and on that evening the same language was proudly dominating the Cork City Hall.
 
Picture by Jaroslaw Glowa
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23/03/2015 - 19:17
Are you finding it hard to cope?
Has anything happened recently that has made your life that bit more difficult?
Are you feeling low and would like to talk to someone about it?
 
Together-Razem Centre currently offers free-of-charge consultations for Eastern European migrants in Cork in a project called Crisis Intervention Services for migrants. 
By appointments only.
Call us on 021 4967743 during working hours 9.30-13.30 or directly mobile operated by  counsellor 0899444618 from 9.00 do 20.00 or email us on poradnia@together-razem.org or walk in and make an appointment in our Centre at 17 George’s Quay, Cork.
 
This project is co-funded by the National Lottery and Embassy of Poland in Dublin.
This project is run only until 28th August 2015.
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21/03/2015 - 9:32
As both the Polish and Irish men’s international football teams prepare to face off for a most sought after place in the forthcoming UEFA EURO 2016, the Polish and Irish communities have decided to bring together their shared values, and each other’s unique customs and traditions, and celebrate them at the PolskaEire Festival.
The idea came about on the occasion of the UEFA European Championship Qualifying match that will take place on 29th of March in Dublin. It is being led by the Minister of State for New Communities, Culture and Equality, Aodhán Ó Rí­ordáin T.D, along with many Polish organisations, national institutions, local authorities, community groups, sports clubs and schools nationwide.
Throughout the festival week, taking place from the 21st March - 28th March, there will be a whole host of activities to celebrate the important relationship that exists between the Polish and Irish communities in Cork.
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13/03/2015 - 15:39
A Polish Film Festival, curated by director Martin Scorsese, will take place at the Light House Cinema, Dublin from March 30th to April 5th, as part of Polska Eire 2015.  The Festival is supported by Dublin City Council.
The nationwide festival, which coincides with the UEFA Republic of Ireland vs Poland qualifier on the 29th March, is an initiative led by Minister of State for New Communities, Culture and Equality, Aodhán Ó Rí¬ordáin T.D. (Department of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Department of Justice and Equality), the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Dublin and the Football Association of Ireland. 
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29/01/2015 - 20:23

We are publishing an open letter which has been prepared in conjuction with Forum Polonia which also has been sent to Head Editor Mr Garret Harte in relation to recent comments on Poland made by  Mr George Hook in his audition transmitted on the 26th January 2015 available here: http://www.newstalk.com/player/shows/The_Right_Hook/9/16001/26th_January_2015_-_The_Right_Hook_Part_3).

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20/01/2015 - 21:49
The 'Person or Number 2' report launched by Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, the Minister of State for Equality, New Communities and Culture. The report examines issues, including racism, faced by immigrants in accessing social protection services in Ireland.
The 'Person or Number' report found: 
• Rudeness, inappropriate behaviour, inappropriate or abusive language and instances of racism from those serving the public.
• Incorrect refusals of payments where "basic administrative procedures" had not been carried out.
• Particularly poor standards in the Community Welfare Service
• Interpreters not being provided
• "Omission of key pieces of information by officials"

Download full report below.


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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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01/06/2017 - 20:12
New office opening

Together-Razem Centre has moved to a new location and on the 18th May 2017 we have officially opened our new office at Kilnap Business Park with Ambassador of Poland HE Ryszard Sarkowicz, Deputy Lord Mayor Cllr Joe Kavanagh and other members of Polish & Irish community. It was a very special today with warms wishes and on behalf od the Board of Directors we would like to say big thank you to all our friends and supporter for being with us that day.

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

Another great event as a part of PolskaEire Festival in Cork. Opening of the exhibition ‘‘Love doesn’t ask for a passport’’! As part of the 2017 PolskaÉire Festival Krzysztof Rosa has created ten large scale photographic works depicting couples who met each other and found love after moving to Ireland.Thank you to the couples for being a part of the exhibition! Big thank you Triskel Arts Centre for hosting the event! The exhibition is open from Tuesday 30 May to Saturday 3 June. All welcome

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