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published: 17 Mar 2018 in Customs

Go green for St Patrick's in Poland

Ewelina Nurczyk
Ewelina Nurczyk

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In Poland we do not hold NYC-style parades or dress up as leprechauns, but we do love Ireland and St Patrick's Day. If you can't be on the Emerald Isle on 17 March, make sure you stay in Poland instead!
Photo: Paweł Jagiełło, PKiN

Photo: Paweł Jagiełło, PKiN

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Polish-Irish relations

What are some of the great similarities between the two nations? To start with the obvious ones, both countries share similar values. After all, the Feast of St Patrick’s originated as a Christian holiday commemorating the saint who converted the Emerald Isle. Poles are a largely Catholic nation and this is what they see they have in common with the Irish (as well as the love for countryside and family life). The number of Poles in Ireland reaches 130,000 (to just 4.7 million citizens overall) and seems to prove that the two nations get along. This was also proven when the Irish paid us the largest friendly visit up to this day – during Euro 2012. Irish football fans’ friendliness and impeccable behaviour (despite downing many pints in Polish pubs during the championships) earnt them the reputation of the most endearing group of sports supporters Poland had ever seen. To top it off, for historical reasons Poles have had a great interest in Ireland's struggle for independence and the island's culture. Celtic folk is still a niche, but nevertheless a prominent one, with music and dance festivals organised each year for its Polish fans.

And how do people from Ireland view the life in Poland?
Read about Jonny from Northern Ireland who decided to relocate to Poland.

Global Greening

The Embassy of Ireland in Poland has announced the list of landmarks that are going to be lit up in green on 17 March:

Warsaw Palace of Culture and Science
Bielsko-Biała Hotel President
Gdańsk

Uczniowska Street flyover
Kościuszki Street flyover

Kalisz

City Hall

Katowice Spodek Sports and Entertainment Arena
Kielce Echo shopping centre
Kraków

Father Bernatek Footbridge
Lipska-Wielicka flyover
Tauron Arena

Lublin Centre for the Meeting of Cultures
Łódź Centrum OFF Piotrkowska
EC1
Malbork

Malbork Castle Museum
Latin School
Museum of the City of Malbork

Poznań

City Hall
The Raczyński Library
Poznań Archaeological Museum
Poznań Grand Theatre
Bishop Jordan Bridge
MTP Spire

Przemyśl

Brama Przemyska Bridge
Casimir Castle
City Hall

Rzeszów City Hall
Toruń City Office of Toruń
Włocławek Browar B. Cultural Centre
Wrocław

Centennial Hall
Bank Zachodni WBK Headquarters
Grunwaldzki Bridge
University Bridge
University of Wrocław
Wrocław Opera House
National Museum
Wrocław Stadium

Zabrze

Szyb Maciej

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