Monday 11 December 2017

Gorey to host Polska Éire Festival launch

Children from the local Polish community recently learnt about Polish folk tales at Gorey Library. Photo by Zaneta Czernyhowska
Children from the local Polish community recently learnt about Polish folk tales at Gorey Library. Photo by Zaneta Czernyhowska

Fintan Lambe

Gorey is getting set to host the national launch of the Polska Éire Festival later this month.

The annual celebration of Polish and Irish people living and working side by side in Ireland is supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Dublin and the office of the Minister of State for New Communities, Culture and Equality. It has been developed to foster mutual respect and understanding between the two cultures.

Dozens of events will take place nationwide, and after its success in locally last year, Gorey will host the national launch of this year's festival. The festival is run locally by Polish Cultural Association, in co-operation with Wexford County Council and the local community.

The launch will coincide with the official opening of the Mikolajandrzej Kalina exhibition at 7 p.m. in Gorey Library on Friday, May 26. It will be officiated by His Excellency, Mr Ryszard Sarkowicz, Polish Ambassador to Ireland, who will be accompanied by Deputy Head of Mission, Mr Piotr Rakowski. They will be hosted by Cllr Pip Breen, cathaoirleach of Gorey Municipal District, and welcomed by local dignitaries and invited guests.

Exhibitions will be held in Gorey Library and in the Market House and run until June 9. Artist Andrzej Kalina has produced works which feature in the collections of museums and galleries such as the British Museum, London, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

Talented art-photographer Mikolaj Kalina studied at the Warsaw Academy, and his work explores human loneliness in today's world.

On Saturday, May 27, from 12 midday, Andrzej will hold a performance event for the public and invited art clubs and schools at the Civic Square. Afterwards the second part of the exhibition will be officially opened in the Market House. invites everyone to a Saturday Night Fever disco with Polish DJ Mad Luke on Saturday at the Loch gCarman Arms. Tickets are available at A Taste of Poland, Esmonde St.

On Wednesday, May 30, there's an Irish restaurant - Polish taste event at the Kitchen restaurant in Gorey. Tickets are available in the restaurant.

On Thursday, June 1, at 5 p.m. in Gorey Library, International Children's Day will be marked with Polish stories in English, followed by arts and crafts.

The highlight of the festival will be a fun-filled family picnic in Gorey Town Park on bank holiday Sunday, June 4, from midday. There will be stalls with food and crafts from local businesses, both Polish and Irish, as well as games and attractions for the whole family. The grand finale will be a soccer game between Polish and Irish teams, with a number of local celebrities rumoured to be taking part.

Special thanks go to the festival's generous sponsors, The Kitchen restaurant and O'Leary Financial Management. For more, email

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