Polish Ambassador makes first official visit to Northern Ireland

 Polish Ambassador makes first official visit to Northern Ireland

Ambassador Arkady Rzegocki greets the Queen’s representative, Lord Lieutenant of Belfast, Fionnuala Jay-O’Boyle CBE DL, Consul General Pawel Majewski and Honorary Consul Jerome Mullen.

Ambassador Arkady Rzegocki greets the Queen’s representative, Lord Lieutenant of Belfast, Fionnuala Jay-O’Boyle CBE DL, Consul General Pawel Majewski and Honorary Consul Jerome Mullen.

The Polish Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Arkady Rzegocki, made a very successful three-day visit to Belfast last week, during which he met the Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly Robin Newton MLA and the head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service David Sterling. He also met, for informal discussion, individual representatives of the five main political parties in Stormont.

The Ambassador went on to give a lecture at Queens University Belfast and the following morning he made a visit to Ulster University Campus in Belfast and had detailed discussions with Professor Alistair Adair, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Rafella Folli and Professor Jan Jedrzejewski.

The Ambassador made a courtesy visit to Belfast City Hall, Titanic Centre and Schomberg Orange Museum Belfast.

The highlight of the Ambassador’s visit was a concert and reception for 150 invited guests on Friday evening to celebrate the Centenary of Poland Regaining its independence in 1918, hosted by the new Consul General to Northern Ireland, Pawel Majeski.

The guest of honour was the Lord Lieutenant for Belfast Fionnuala Jay-O’Boyle representing Her Majesty the Queen, as well as Consul Generals from the US, Chinese and St Vincent and the Grenadines Consulate Generals, Honorary Consuls and political and civic leaders in Northern Ireland.

The Ambassadors final visit before returning to London was to attend the unveiling at the Cenotaph in Newtownards of a memorial to the Polish Airmen of 303 and 315 Squadrons stationed at RAF Ballyhalbert during WW2.

This event had a very large attendance, including the Lord Lieutenant of Down David Lindsay, The Lord Mayor Richard Smart, Air Vice Marshal David Niven, Mr Mike Nesbitt MLA, Lady Sylvia Hermon MP, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson MP, as well as many Councillors, MLAs, MPs and other political and church leaders.

The project was promoted by Maciek Bator, “For Your Freedom and Ours’’, and the event was hosted by the Royal British Legion in Newtownards.

Before leaving, the Ambassador laid a wreath at the graves of three Polish Airmen buried at nearby Movilla cemetery.

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