RED and white lights will light up Cork’s City Hall on Friday evening in honour of Polish independence.
The venue will also host a celebratory free event starting at 5pm. The Polish flag will be flown from the building as part of the event.
An exhibition on Poles who fought in World War II will be unveiled by the Lord Mayor, Cllr John Sheehan, during a special ceremony. It will be displayed in the City Library on Grand Parade. The exhibition is called Fighting and Suffering, and is an international project by the Museum of WW II in Gdańsk and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Warsaw.
The All Together for Independence event in City Hall will be attended by the Minister of State David Stanton, and the Polish Ambassador, Anna Sochanska, as well as representatives from Cork’s Polish community.
“We are delighted to host Polish Independence celebrations here in City Hall for the second year running,” Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. John Sheehan said. “The Polish community in Cork is such a lively and engaged part of our city, and we have so much in common, including great pride in our respective national heritages and history.”
“Voyteck Bialek, Together-Razem CEO said: “The Poles live and work here. Their children were born in Ireland but at the same time they want to maintain their heritage, their mother tongue, culture and traditions. Therefore, it is very important that the City Council supports diversity and helps to organize events like this one. We feel welcome here and wish to maintain good relations with our Irish friends.”
During the event, children from the Razem Academy will give a short performance about Poland, while dancers from Ennis will present traditional Polish dances, dressed in traditional folk costumes.
There are almost 25,000 Poles currently living in Cork. Together-Razem was set up in 2006 to provide support and assistance for Polish immigrants to Cork.