Irish-Polish Mural Launched on the Grand Canal
Artists Aga Grandowicz from
Poland and Una Woods from Ireland have created a new mural in the Grand Canal in
the Portobello district of Dublin. This project, which celebrates Irish-Polish relations is part of
the PolskaÉire Festival 2021.
The Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu and the
Ambassador of Poland to Ireland Anna Sochańska have officially launched the
mural this morning in the Grand Canal in Portobello.
The project is the initiative of the Embassy of
Poland in Dublin, in celebration of 30 years of the Embassy’s existence, in
partnership with Waterways Ireland and Dublin City Council.
The Lord Mayor of Dublin said: “I am delighted
to launch this mural as a sign of Irish-Polish connection both in the City of
Dublin but also in all the corners of Ireland. Let it be a reminder that the
ties between the Polish community and the Irish people stay strong and will
remain so in the years to come. Over the last 15 years we have welcomed over
100 thousand Polish people here in Ireland – during that time they have
contributed significantly to the prosperity and cultural diversity of our
country – for this we say THANK YOU.
I am sure that the local community of
Portobello also greatly appreciates this new addition to the landscape - this
mural radiates such positive energy and vibrancy that it will lift anyone’s
Ambassador Sochańska said: “I am honoured to
celebrate Irish-Polish relations in the form of this uplifting colorful mural
inspired by Irish and Polish folk art. The Irish shamrock and the Polish floral
motives from folk paper cutouts perfectly symbolize the two cultures and how
they interlink. The two birds, the starling and the robin, taking centre stage
of the design, relate so well to the two countries’ natural heritage. We are
very grateful to our local partners, Dublin City Council and Waterways Ireland,
for their support”.
Watch a short video documenting the creation of
the mural here.