First St. Patrick’s parade in Poland?
Why Poland 1st time in history will organise St. Pat’s parade?
Irish students who study medicine, pharmacy, dentistry and veterinary in Poland are promoting Ireland during St. Patrick’s weekend. They are organising St. Patrick’s Day celebrations and a parade in cooperation with the Polish local authorities. They will fly the flag for their counties and their country while giving the people of Bydgoszcz a chance to sample the best of Irish culture.
Green fever is well established in Poland, with Irish dancing schools, Irish pubs and Irish music sessions in all the big cities. With an increasing number of Irish students choosing to spend up to 6 years studying in these cities, a day to showcase their history and heritage is welcomed.
That is why this year the 8th largest Polish city – Bydgoszcz (which is the size of Cork) will see the green parade too. The students will welcome friends and family to the city for the occasion, and hope to fill the streets with people from every county.
‘Since Euro2012 especially Bydgoszcz and Poznan developed special ties with Ireland and now it is time to celebrate it. – says Adam Krawczyk, founder of Medical Poland that represents Polish medical universities in Ireland and helps Irish students in Poland. ‘We been helping Irish patients get the best quality treatment in Poland for six years now, for three years we have been bringing students to study in Poland and they all leave a very good impression on Poles here’ Everyone who wants to get involved is more than welcome to join our event in Dublin. Medical Poland will be presenting a full range of medical programmes available to Irish students in Poland and gathering ideas for St. Patrick’s celebrations this Saturday, 30th January, 11 am at Colaiste Mhuire, Ratoath Road, Dublin 7’.
Last year a number of famous Polish buildings went green for a day, including Poznan’s city hall. This year Bydgoszcz is planning to join the celebrations with green city hall, bridge and other buildings. ‘We enjoyed hosting Irish fans in 2012 and we enjoy having them back. We’re also proud of the Irish students working hard at Collegium Medicum. That is the main reason why the city council support the planning and preparations for St. Patrick’s parade in Bydgoszcz. We expect not only a number of Irish to come for the parade but we also want our school kids and adults who live in the city to learn about the Irish culture and tradition’ – encourages Rafał Bruski, Mayor of Bydgoszcz.
The students themselves are involved in everything. Irish students from all over Poland, including Máirín-Rua Ní Aodha who is studying in Wroclaw are making sure everything will be right for the big day. She became the project coordinator on behalf of Medical Poland: ‘It’s a great opportunity to show a bit of Ireland to Poles who I’ve lived among for the past few months’