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PolskaÉire 2015 Programme for the Irish Polish Society

February 26, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 


PolskaÉire 2015 is a nationwide festival being held during the last week of March (21st – 29th) to coincide with the UEFA Republic of Ireland vs. Poland qualifier (29th of March). Throughout the week there will be cultural and sporting events for everyone to participate in. The full programme of events can be found on

For a full week we have prepared some very interesting and free-of-charge events to attend in the Polish House. Please see our program below. We hope you find something for yourself, family and friends and we look forward to seeing you there. Please spread the word and enjoy!

Edyta Jankowska
IPS Chairperson


Meeting with professor Jan Miodek

On Friday the 20th at 15:30 you are invited to a meeting with a famous Polish linguist professor Jan Miodek. Admission is free. The meeting will be mostly in Polish but we will have a translator available. The event will be recorded by the Polish television station TVP Polonia, program Słownik polsko@polski

Venue: The Polish House, 20 Fitzwilliam Place Dublin 2

– Professor Miodek has been invited to Ireland by the Polish School Równe Szanse from Carlow.

On 21st of March at 18:00 you are invited to a Poetry Evening “Colours of poetry that connects nations…” as part of the Festival PolskaÉire 2015

Poetry will be read by:

Tomasz Wybranowski (poet, literat, publicist, journalist)

Dariusz Adamczyk (poet)

Matthew Crofton (aficionado of Polish language and culture)

Zosia Kuczyńska (Polish person born in England and studying in Ireland)

Between the poetry readings, Tamara Niekludow, a Polish pianist living and studying in Dublin, and The Dulcis Polonia Choir under the direction of Przemysław Łozowski will perform.

We will read the work of poets associated with both Ireland and Poland.




Egg painting

Egg Painting Workshop

This workshop will briefly introduce traditional Egg Painting and then allow the participants to try their hand at creating their own decorative eggs.

Date and Time: Sunday Sun 22 March from 15:00 to 16:20
Venue: The Polish House, 20 Fitzwilliam Place Dublin 2

This workshop is free and open especially to children and teens aged 6 – 14.
All children/teens must be accompanied by an adult.
Maximum number of participants is 20.
There is no pre-booking, first come first served.
Basic materials for egg painting will be provided including paints, brushes, eggs, traditional and modern designs for decorating the egg.
Tea, coffee and juice, will be available to all.

Please bring an old T shirt to cover your clothes, or an apron and optionally bring:
Your own designs for egg painting and brushes.
Examples of painted eggs.

Contact name and number: Marysia 087 685 3452

“Revenge” by Aleksander Fredro

On Sunday, 22nd of March 2015, at 18:00 the music and theatre group ARKAJANA will entertain you with an adaptation of “Revenge” by Aleksander Fredro, directed by Piotr Pietraszek.

Venue: Polish House, 20 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin 2
Admission free.

The concept of this play came about when the writer found some documents which revealed a fierce dispute between the previous owners of his wife’s castle. The aftermath of the dispute resulted in the eventual marriage of the owners’ children to each other.

In a comedic way, “Revenge” describes the people’s flaws and frailties, provides the audience with excitement, laughter, and fun! Witty ripostes, surprising twists and lots of phrases which are now common Polish language, are just some aspects to be enjoyed while experiencing this classical Polish play. We look forward to welcoming all people from all nations to experience our Polish culture!

ARKAJANA was established at the Jesuit Church in Dublin and is made up of a variety of talented group of people. Our objective is to spread Polish culture and tradition in the spirit of Catholic values, to promote the integration of the Polish community in Ireland and to share our national culture with others.

ARKAJANA have had several different music and poetry performances including one for the canonisation of Pope John Paul II and another for the Warsaw Uprising. At the end of last year ARKAJANA presented the play “Ghosts” by Adam Mickiewicz and directed by Jola Dzumyk.

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Best of Short Film Festival “ODDALENIA”

On the 23rd of March at 18:00 you are welcome to join us for a screening of the best short films featured in the festival to date..

Venue: Polish House, 20 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin 2
Admission is free

The Short Film Festival ODDALENIA was originally intended to be a once off event promoting short film “Second Funeral” directed by Dawid Ciślak. Due to the popularity of the festival amongst creators and the audience and with help of the POSK committee, volunteers and the Embassy of Poland SFF ODDALENIA has grown into an annual event since 2009.

This year The Polish Social & Cultural Association in Dublin is preparing another, 7th competition of Short Film Festival ODDALENIA 2015. The final will happen on the 13th of June in the Polish House. The aim of SFF ODDALENIA 2015 is integration of the film creators beyond borders. More on

We are waiting for your films and welcoming you to join us on Monday.

Traditional Polish Paper Cutting Workshop

On Tuesday the 24th at 18:00 you are invited to participate in a traditional Polish paper cutting workshop and find out a little bit about the history of this tradition.
Venue: Polish House, 20 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin 2
Admission is free


Polish Scouts open day and art classes

Scout Group SMARTusie – Polish Scouting Association invites children to a Polish Folk Arts Workshop. The meeting will take place at 16:00 on Wednesday, 25th of March in the Polish House, 20 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin 2. All welcome. Admission is free.

Paul Edmund Strzelecki – world traveller, explorer, scientist, humanist. His life and work during The Great Famine

Thursday, 16th March at 18:30.
Venue: Polish House, 20 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin 2. Admission is free

This talk will cover:
Strzelecki’s life in Poland 1797-1831 circa (Strzelecki family social background, his childhood, education, first jobs, Adyna Turno love story, Sapieha dispute);
His travels (France, England, America, Australia);
Strzelecki’s activities in Australia (exploration of Australia, discoveries, Mount Kosciuszko, etc);
His return to Europe in 1843;
His two years in Ireland during the Great Irish Famine.

Hanna Dowling who will lead the talk told us why and where she became interested in the life and work of P.E.Strzelecki.
“Many years ago I learned that the highest mountain in Australia, Mount Kosciusko, had been ascended and named by a Polish explorer. However, at that time I did not know about Strzelecki’s involvement in the humanitarian relief during the Great Irish Famine. In advance of EU enlargement and the second referendum on Nice Treaty in Ireland, in 2002, we (the Irish Polish Society) organized several events to support Irish “yes” vote. The Nice Treaty was necessary for Poland’s entry into the EU. As good publicity the IPS was looking for Irish-Polish links; there was a lot about Ireland in the Polish press and Gazeta Wyborcza published a short article about Strzelecki. Also the Irish Ambassador to Poland at that time, Mr Patrick McCabe, wrote about him. I found this Irish-Polish connection very interesting and started to read about Strzelecki’s fascinating life and personality. I also contacted a Polish Catholic organisation in Australia and got from them extremely interesting material.”
‘Polglish? English words in the contemporary Polish’.

Friday, 27th March at 18:00.
Venue: Polish House, 20 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin 2
Admission is free

Poglish or Polglish, it is a term describing the product of mixing Polish- and English-language elements within one phrase. This practice is a common phenomenon among persons bilingual in Polish and English, or among Polish diasporas living in an English-speaking environment. Recently, however, we observe more and more cases of such mixing of Polish and English in press and advertisement in Poland, thus among the native speakers of Polish. In this talk, we will examine some examples of lending and adapting English words in the contemporary Polish.

Lecture will be given by Dr Aneta Stępień from Trinity College.

Dr Aneta Stępień is a lecturer and coordinator of Polish Studies in the Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies in Trinity College. She is lecturing in many subjects about Polish culture, Polish language, she is a lecturer at Business and Polish courses and European Studies and Polish course. She is also a lecturer of graduate and bachelor grades in European studies, cultural studies and comparative and postmodern literature.

043 Casi & Con in court dress, 1905
Casimir and Constance Markievicz: the Dublin they knew (guided walk),
Saturday 28th of March 10:30

Casimir & Constance Markievicz lived together in Dublin from 1903-1913. The walking tour on 28 March will begin at Connolly Books, Temple Bar, at 10.30 and proceed to Parnell Square via locations connected with their lives and art. The walk will be about an hour and a half. The route takes in many points of historic interest from Capel Street to Kings’ Inns, the Rotunda Hospital & the Hugh Lane Gallery. It is suitable for visitors to Dublin or residents wishing to learn the history connected with buildings and streets of the city. The main thread will be the story of an important early connection between Ireland and Poland.

All welcome. Please notify Patrick Quigley at if you wish to take part. Admission is free.


Unveiling of Strzelecki plaque

Sunday, 29th of March, 18:00
Location: Sackville Place, side of Clerys building

A plaque to commemorate this famous traveller who helped Ireland during the Great Famine will be unveiled by the Lord Mayor of Dublin and Lord Mayor of Poznan (Poland). The plaque was the brainchild of Mr Wojciech Owsianowski from Poznan who will take part in the event alongside representatives of Irish Culture Foundation and Polish, Irish and Australian Societies and schools. Other notable guests include Dublin City Council, Clerys, the Embassy of Poland et al.

Mixed Media Art Exhibition

As part of the PolskaÉire2015 festival, the Irish Polish Society is delighted to host a mixed media arts exhibition based loosely on the theme of “All Things Polish”.

It contains both digital and film photography by Jason Dolan, Joanna Piechota and Marysia Harasimowicz, vintage postcards from the IPS members, iconic posters from Wojciech Dzięgiel, colourful mosaics by Anna Maria Różańska and
atmospheric paintings by Agnieszka Dzida.

The exhibition can be viewed during all PolskaÉire2015 events present at the Polish House and will be additionally opened on Friday the 20th of March between 17:00 and 19:30 and Saturday the 28th of March between 14:00 to 16:00.

Admission is free.
Venue: Polish House, 20 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin 2

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