AN EXHIBITION of Polish art that opened in Limerick last week aims to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the birth of the Solidarity Movement in Poland.
The exhibition, Phenomenon of Solidarity, was jointly organised by the Limerick based Polish Art Festival and the Polish Institute of National Remembrance and was opened by Councillor Tom Shortt in St Munchinâ€™s Church, Church Street, last week.
Consul Wojciech Dziegiel, from the Polish Embassy and several representatives of the Polish Institute of National Remembrance and local Polish population in Limerick were on hand to mark the exhibitionâ€™s opening.
Cllr Shortt said it was an interesting coincidence that the â€œexhibition of photographs and information panels, promoted by the Polish Government to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the Solidarity trade union, opened in the same week as the draw for the European Championshipsâ€.
â€œIn June Irish soccer fans will travel to matches in the Polish cities of Poznan and Gdansk which feature prominently in this exhibition,â€ he said.
With 150,000 Polish people living in Ireland, the Polish government is touring this exhibition to promote an appreciation of the historic political struggle in Poland throughout the 1980s leading to democratic elections in 1989.
The exhibition is open in St Munchinâ€™s Church until December 23.