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Gorey hosts opening of national Polish festival 30/05/17

| May 30, 2017

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Some wonderful music, fine Polish paintings and a real taste of Poland were the order of the evening when
the Polish community in Gorey had the honour of hosting the opening of The PolskaEire Festival, in Gorey Civic
offices on Friday evening.

The event is an annual celebration of Polish and Irish friendship by people living and working side by side in
Ireland. The Festival is a partnership undertaking between the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Dublin and the
Minister of State for Equality, Immigration and Integration. and has been developed as an initiative to foster mutual
friendship, respect and understanding between the two cultures.

Dozens of events were organised as part of the festival all over the country.. After a successful 2016 edition of the
festival in Gorey, run by Gorey.pl Polish Cultural Association in cooperation with Wexford County Council and
local community, Gorey become one of key locations for events nationwide and was chosen to host the official
PolskaEire 2017 National Launch together with the official opening of the MIKOLAJ AND RZEJ KALINA exhibition..

The launch was attended by His Excellency, Mr. Ryszard Sarkowicz, Polish Ambassador to Ireland,and by
Deputy Head of Mission Mr. Piotr Rakowski,
They heard Councillor Pip Breen, Chair of Gorey Municipal District praise the organisers of the event and the
contribution which the Polish Community in North Wexford made to the wider community..

Exhibitions and a wide range of events are taking place in Gorey until next weekend as part of the festival.
The highlight of the Festival will be a Family Picnic in Gorey Town Park during bank holiday weekend on
Sunday the 4 th of June , commencing at 12 noon. Families are invited to a fun-filled picnic. There will be stalls with
food and crafts from local businesses both Polish and Irish, games and attractions for whole families. The grand
finale of the whole festival will be a football game between Polish and Irish teams, with a number of well-known
local celebrities rumored to be taking part!

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