Higgins welcomes first Polish-Irish festival as Galway’s 7,500 Poles get ready to party

The first ever Polish-Irish festival which kicks off this weekend is coming to Galway and has been welcomed by senator Lorraine Higgins who has hailed it as an important acknowledgment of the role that Polish people play in Irish life.

PolskaEire 2015, which kicks off on March 21 and runs for one week, is an initiative of Labour Equality Minister, Aodhan O Riordain, and aims to celebrate the cultural diversity brought to Ireland by members of the Polish community.

A number of events are taking place locally which can be viewed on www.polskaeirefestival.com

Senator Higgins says that the latest figures show us there are approximately 7,500 Polish people living in County Galway.

“They make a valuable cultural contribution to our community, and it is only right that we acknowledge this, which is the reasoning behind the first ever PolskaEire festival.

“I am glad that, as a local community, we are participating in the festival and it will be an opportunity to celebrate the strong Polish-Irish relationships which exist in our locality, and to focus on how we can strengthen them even further. I look forward to attending and participating as best I can over the coming days and would encourage others to do the same,” she said

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