Sunday 22 July 2018

Polish champs to take on locals in historic friendly encounter

The festival is co-organised by approximately 30 different partners in Poland and Ireland, under the auspices of the Department of Justice and the Polish Embassy in Dublin (Stock picture)
The festival is co-organised by approximately 30 different partners in Poland and Ireland, under the auspices of the Department of Justice and the Polish Embassy in Dublin (Stock picture)

Polish and Irish rugby teams will meet for the first time in history for a friendly match on May 21, as part of this year's PolskaÉire Festival.

Arka Gdynia, Poland's champions, will face a Leinster Representative Side in this historic encounter. So witness history in the making and make sure to get down to Donnybrook to support the cream of Irish junior club rugby take on the Polish champions.

PolskaÉire Festival is an annual nationwide celebration of Irish-Polish friendship. The aim of the festival is to further strengthen relations between Polish and Irish communities by means of various cultural, sports, business, academic and community events. It is co-organised annually by different national and local partners, both individuals and organisations, in Ireland and Poland.

The second PolskaÉire Festival will take place all over the island of Ireland from May 16-22 and other festival highlights include: Kayah & Kíla in concert - a unique collaboration between a cult Polish singer (Kayah) and a leading Irish folk band (Kíla), who will present an exclusive programme in Vicar Street (May 22); A Taste of Poland - a Polish food & produce fair in Liberty Hall (May 21); 'Solidarity According to Women' - a screening of this renowned film, followed by a discussion of the role of women at crucial moments in Polish and Irish history. Held in Trinity College Dublin (May 19).

In total, there will be over 70 events organised across Ireland and Poland: in Arklow, Balbriggan, Cork, Dublin, Ennis, Galway, Gdynia, Gorey, Kielce, Kilkenny, Kraków, Limerick, Rzeszów, Swords, Warszawa, Wexford…to name just a few!

The festival is co-organised by approximately 30 different partners in Poland and Ireland, under the auspices of the Department of Justice and the Polish Embassy in Dublin.

For more information and full programme, go to: www.polskaeirefestival.org

Let's celebrate Irish-Polish friendship - the craic will be dobry!

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