THE POLSKAÉIRE FESTIVAL IS AN ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF THE POLISH-IRISH FRIENDSHIP. THE AIM OF THE FESTIVAL IS TO STRENGTHEN THE TIES BETWEEN POLISH AND IRISH SOCIETY THROUGH COMMON PARTICIPATION OF MEMBERS OF LOCAL COMMUNITIES IN SPORTS, CULTURAL, BUSINESS AND SCIENTIFIC EVENTS. THE FESTIVAL IS HELD ANNUALLY BY A NUMBER OF POLISH AND IRISH PARTNERS OF VAROUS TYPES: STATE INSTITUTIONS, LOCAL AUTHORITIES, ASSOCIATIONS, PRIVATE PERSONS ETC.
The festival was founded in 2015 on the initiative of Irish Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin and the Polish Embassy in Dublin. Organisation of the festival was entrusted to Piotr Rakowski, the then First Counsellor of the Polish Embassy in Dublin, who managed the festival up to and including 2017, and currently it is managed jointly by the employees of the Polish embassy and representatives of the Polish community in Ireland. As part of the first edition of the festival, in March 2015, about 50 events took place throughout Ireland. The second edition of the festival, this time in May 2016, has grown to over 100 events in more than 40 places in Ireland, in which about 27,000 people participated. The festival edition in 2017 covered 140 events, in which over 35,000 people participated. In 2018, more than 150 events took place in Ireland as well as in Poland in Ruda. In Cork, in 2015-2017, the Together-Razem Centre was the leader in organising events within the framework of the Festival.
Polska Eire Festival 2015
"Welcome to Cork" was the slogan of the official opening of the first Polish-Irish PolskaÉire Festival by the deputy mayor of Cork. With the kindness that is specific to the Irish, he encouraged people to participate in the life of the city, to engage in the social and political life. He reminded that Ireland has always welcomed people from outside the island, including Poles. Minister for New Communities, Culture and Equality Aodhán Ó Ríordáin urged people to repeat such events every year and praised the contribution of many organisations in creating this event, which was born on the occasion of the Poland-Ireland match in Dublin on March 29. Consul of the Republic of Poland in Dublin Ms Katarzyna Smoter expressed her appreciation for Polish-Irish cooperation, not only at the governmental level, but primarily at the local level. Not only has Cork City Council offered a prestigious room in the city hall, but also funded many projects and, along with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Dublin, covered part of the costs of organisation of the festival. Wojciech Białek, Director of the Together-Razem Centre, called for the support for many people who barely manage to find their place in the new reality and pointed to the need to take into account the support of migrant workers in the prepared integration strategies at the national level. Volunteers from the Together-Razem Centre shouldered many-week preparation of this event, and with the help of other organisations, the festival was successfully carried out from the beginning to the end. 17 sponsors and organisers took part in the PolskaÉire Festival. Lecturers of the University College Cork, the Polish School in Cork and Clonmel, Polish community organisations such as MyCork, Polish football players Cork Eagels and the Irish Football Association, photographers, Gazeta ie media, printing house, scouts from the Polish Scouting Association, the Camden Palace art centre in Cork and, above all, the Embassy of the Republic of Poland and Cork City Council have made every effort to ensure that Saturday, March 28, was full of attractions. The entire festival, however, lasted over a week
Polska Eire Festival 2016
Polska Eire Festival 2017
Polska Eire Festival 2018
In 2018, the Together-Razem Centre organised the Table Quiz on May 25, 2018 at 7:30 PM.