Book Launch in MIC

The Polish Ambassador, His Excellency Marcin Nawrot, visited Mary Immaculate College on the 22 November to launch a book entitled Polish‐Irish Encounters in the Old and New Europe, edited by Dr.Sabine Egger and Dr. John McDonagh.
The essays in this study tease out significant strands that connect the two countries, including literature, visual media, politics, history and education. Examining Polish‐Irish relations in their wider historical and cultural context allows for new definitions of Irish, Polish and European identities in the New Europe. Especially important in view of the challenges and opportunities that a multicultural Ireland faces after the hard landing of the Celtic Tiger, this book provides new perspectives on a substantial and vibrant cross‐cultural relationship.
Speaking at the launch, Dr. Eugene O’Brien, Head of the Department of English Language and Literature at MIC, remarked: "One of the challenges facing the academy in the current climate is to reimagine the relationships between Ireland and Europe in new and interesting ways. If we are to progress as a society within Europe, we must re‐imagine and negotiate our position within Europe, socially, economically and culturally. This excellent book addresses an eloquent silence in terms of the relationship between Ireland and Poland, two countries from the Catholic tradition who share a troubled history. As such it is a significant achievement in that process of re‐imagining the Europe of the future, and of our place in it."
Officially launching the publication the Ambassador said “Despite the changed economic climate, the Polish community in Ireland is still a substantial one. The issues discussed across a range of disciplines in this fine publication are thus of ongoing importance, also in the wider context of Polish‐Irish relations”.
The President of the College, Prof. Michael A Hayes, welcomed the Ambassador to the College and
congratulated all involved in the project saying “This publication is a wonderful achievement for the College as an organisation and for each individual who has contributed to it and we are especially proud of your creative collaboration, which has yielded this valuable and exciting result. I want to wish you all heartfelt congratulations on behalf of the College community”.
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