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Scientific Seminar – Polish Diaspora in Ireland: Yesterday and Today

June 20, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Local Government College in Żyrardów (Poland)
Faculty of Economics in Dublin

DCU, Business School, Collins Av., Dublin 9

Scientific Seminar

Topic: „Polish Diaspora in Ireland: Yesterday and Today”

Location: DCU, Business School, Collins Avenue, Dublin 9, room Q122
Time: Sunday 26/06/2011, 12.00 – 16.00

Seminar Format: presentations and discussion of academic papers
Language of presentations: in English or in Polish

Co-ordination: Mrs Barbara Rakowska WSRL (Poland) and dr Jarosław Płachecki WSRL (Ireland)

Seminar Hosting: Ms Anna Szewc IPS


Honorary Consul of Poland in Ireland Mr Michael Mulcahy and

Mr President of Local Government College (WSRL) Prof. Witold Rakowski

Speakers and Hosts:

Ms Anna Szewc, Host for the Seminar, economist, Vice-Chairman of the Irish-Polish Society, Member of Ministerial
Council on Integration, President of Cogito Toastmaster Club.
Prof. Witold Rakowski, President and Founder of Local Government College (WSRL), for many years Dean in Warsaw
School of Economics, experienced lecturer and scientist, author of many publications, academic papers and articles.

Mrs Barbara Rakowska, Chancellor at Local Government College, lecturer in European integration and fund rising,
experienced organiser of the College affairs, author of many academic publications.

Mr Patrick Quigley, former public servant, writer and novelist, columnist for magazine “Polish Neighbour “, his first novel
“Borderland” was published in 1994, currently working on novel based on the life and romance of Constance and Casimir
Markievicz, Board Member and Treasurer in Irish-Polish Society.

Mrs Hanna Dowling, interpreter and journalist in Italy and Ireland, for many years Secretary in Irish Polish Society, since
1980 lives in Ireland. Correspondent for “Gazeta Wyborcza” and “Polityka”.

Ms Emilia Marchelewska, Health Advocacy Officer with Cairde and a project leader of the Cairde Balbriggan Integration
Through Common Experience Initiative, leader of Forum Polonia, director of the Centre for Addiction Counselling,
communication specialist, formerly editor of and columnist with the Evening Herald, Metro Eireann and RTE
Mr Tomasz Wybranowski, PhD student UMCS Lublin, journalist and publicist, writes for “Wyspa” and “Kurier Polski”,
correspondent for Polish Radio and IAR, author of poetry booklets “Oczy, które…”, Czekanie na świt”, “Biały”.

Dr Jarosław Płachecki, political scientist and economist, lecturer in Social Sciences at Local Government College in Dublin
(WSRL), author of “Ireland’s Political System: Evolution and Contemporary Challenges”, Warszawa 2010.

Mr Przemysław Kolasiński, PhD student UWr, journalist and publicist, lecturer, assistant editor for “Gazeta Polska” in
Ireland, author of “Male, Macho, Milksop. The image of Man in Polish contemporary culture”, Zabrze 2010.

Wyższa Szkoła Rozwoju Lokalnego, Poland, 96-300 Żyrardów, ul. Waryńskiego 1, tel/fax (+48) 46 855 61 62,,

Local Government College in Żyrardów (Poland)


12.00- 12.30 Welcome and Guests presentation

Mrs Barbara Rakowska Chancellor WSRL- Presentation of the WSRL Agenda for 2012

Prof. W. Rakowski President WSRL; Keynote Speech: Migration as a socio-economic phenomenon

12.30 -13.30 Session I: Polish Diaspora in 20th century Ireland

Mr Pat Quigley IPS – Kazimierz Markiewicz and his times

Mr Tomasz Wybranowski – Prof. Jan Łukasiewicz’s; life and scientific activities

Mrs Hanna Dowling IPS – Polish Diaspora after WW II

13.30-14.00 Coffe Break – (DCU Canteen 2nd floor)

14.00 -15.00 Session II: Polish Emigrants in Ireland after UE enlargement in 2004

Dr Jaroslaw Płachecki WSRL – Polish Organisations in Ireland after 2004

Mr Przemysław Kolasiński – Image of the Emigrant in Polish Media in Ireland

Ms Emilia Marchelewska FP – Return Home; perspectives, chances and threats for Polish Emigrants

15.00-15.20 Discussion on the Seminar Papers and Questions

15.20-16.00 Ceremonial Part

Enter of the College Executives and Graduates in ceremonial robes

Presenting graduates with the diplomas of WSRL; Mrs Barbara Rakowska Chancellor WSRL

Farewell speech; Prof. Witold Rakowski President WSRL

Selected presentations and conference papers will be accessible in bilingual publication and academic journal

Scientific Organising Committee:



Faculty of Economics in Dublin

Dr Jarosław Płachecki, Lecturer in Local Government College (WSRL-Dublin)

Mrs Barbara Rakowska, Chancellor of Local Government College (WSRL-Dublin)

Mr Jan Kamiński, Co-founder and First Chairman Irish- Polish Society

Ms Anna Szewc, Vice-Chairman of Irish-Polish Society

Mr Witold Iżycki, Manager of Polish School (SPK) in Waterford

Mrs Halina Sochacka, Chairman of Polish Educational Association

Ms Anna Paś, Board Member of Forum Polonia

Mr Wojciech Wrona, President of Polish Business Club

Mr Mirosław Karczmarczyk, Group Leader for 87 Polish Scout Group

For invitations please e-mail

Our partners:

Local Government College in Żyrardów (Poland), Faculty of Economics in Dublin, Collins Avenue, Dublin 9, Ireland.,

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