Thursday 20 June 2019

A weekend of culture is promised at PolskaÉire

Cathy Lee

Gorey is getting set for this weekend's PolskaÉire Festival, being organised by Polish Cultural Association, which will take place over three days from June 7 to June 9, finishing with the big reveal of the '400 reasons to love Gorey' mural marking Gorey 400.

'It's all about friendship celebration and mixing of two cultures and having fun,' said Ola Riquet of

The grand opening of the festival will take place from 7 p.m. in Gorey Library on Friday, with the showing of two exhibitions to show case artists work from poles all across Ireland.

The first is 'Polish Artists in Ireland, from landscape to abstract' and 'My home your home' with photography by Joseph Dixon, from an exhibition that was first shown in the Polish Puck District last year.

Justyna Kosmulska will perform music on the night, playing on her Celtic harp, marking the first combination of the two cultures.

Tadeusz Puszkarczuk, the Mayor of Puck District accepted an invitation from Gorey Municipal District and he alongside Przemyslaw Grandicki, the chairman of the Puck District Education, Culture, Sport and Tourism Committee, will be visiting Gorey over the weekend.

The goal of the visit is to exchange experiences, mainly in the field of education and culture, agriculture and business.

During last year's PolskaÉire Festival in Gorey, a letter of intent of cooperation was signed between two districts.

A less formal affair, Irish-Polish Folk night will take place on the Saturday June 9 at 7.30 p.m. in The Couch House.

'It will be a return to our musical roots and an opportunity to strengthen Irish-Polish ties through music. Polish musicians from Puck District are going to perform Kashubian songs and tales, using rare folk instruments,' said Ola.

The Gorey band Aris will play traditional Irish music with instruments like the tin whistle, accordion, uilleann pipes and boghran.

The Circle of Magical White Songs, a group of polish people performing in Ireland, will get involved playing both Polish and Irish folk songs and The Mahon School of Irish Dance will provide further entertainment.

A family fun day will take place from 12 noon to 5 p.m. in Gorey Civic Square on the Sunday, with Polish speciality food being served all day at the barbecue.

There will be a market fair selling local crafts, and activities for the whole family, such as a raffle, live music and a DJ set from Mad Luke. are looking forward to the unveiling of their latest project, 400 reasons to love Gorey, with a mural listing all the reasons in the build up to the Gorey 400 celebrations.

We want to say thanks to everybody who contributed their ideas and made it possible. We were worried that there wouldn't be enough reasons to list, but people of Gorey are amazing and they stood behind the project all the way,' said Ola.

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