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.
In Cork, the list of events is as follows:
· Saturday 21st March 10am: Children’s football match between the Polish School in Cork and St. Patrick’s Boys’ National School. The match will take place at Mayfield Sports Complex, with kick off at 10 am.
· Sunday 22nd 10.45am: CBS Premier Division match between the Cork Eagles and Healy O’Connor Solicitors at Shanbally, Ringaskiddy; kick off at 10.45 am.
· Tuesday 24th March 11am: Art workshop for pre-school children takes place in Together-Razem Centre
· Tuesday 24th March 7pm: “Tea and Coffee!” Senior Group inviting everyone to taste some traditional Polish snacks and traditions in the Together-Razem Centre.
· Wednesday 25th March at 1pm: Public Lecture on ‘Casimir and Constance Markievicz – Artists in Ukraine’ by Pat Quigley in Crawford Gallery
· Wednesday 25th March 7pm: ‘Ida’ Oscar winning movie in O’Rahilly Building, UCC
· Wednesday 25th March 8pm: Anthology of polish animation – the best Polish animated films produced since 1960s (Borowczyk, Lenica, Baginski & more), at Camden Palace, admission €5
· Thursday 26th March 7pm: Friendly match between UEFA Regions’ Cup Republic of Ireland v Poland, Turner Cross
· Friday 27th March 8pm: ‘The Immigrant’ Movie, at Camden Palace, admission €5
· Friday 27th March 7pm: Information evening for tourists interested in visiting Poland, at the Together-Razem Centre
· Saturday 28th March 8.30pm: Irish-Polish Night with music and poetry, featuring Pinky Trolley, Daria Narbut and Adrian O’Sullivan, at Franciscan Well Pub
The week of events will culminate on 28th of March with a gathering in Cork City Hall for a day packed full of events showcasing the best of what each community has to offer. Starting at 11 am the day will be filled with plenty activities for kids, from games, art workshops and face painting, to competitions and performances. There will also be lots of fun activities to suit people of all ages, including live music from Polish Folk Song and Dance Group Koniczyna, along with The Barrack Street Band, theatre performance, arts and crafts and Polish traditional food. If that’s not enough to whet your appetite there will also be business showcases and lectures on the history and relationships between the two countries, so there will be something for everyone to enjoy!
This promises to be a fun filled family day out, where everyone is welcome from both the Irish and Polish communities, as well as any other communities. Admission is free.
For more information please see www.polskaeirefestivalcork.info or check Cork’s Festival Facebook page @ PolskaÉire Cork Festival