Last weekend, River Valley parkrun and the Polish Runners Club Ireland organised an Irish-Polish friendship takeover at River Valley parkrun. It is a part of the annual PolskaEire Festival that is supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Dublin.
Artur, who was involved in organising the event, tells us more about the day:
The same event was held last year with the main aim to bring both communities closer, to introduce Polish culture and customs to those living in ROI and to show that we are an integral part of the local community.
Last year we were visited by a famous Polish marathon runner who told us about his running experience all over the world. We also had visitors from Polish Folk Dance Group KONICZYNA dressed in traditional Polish folk clothes. PRCI runners and their families brought some savoury food (PIEROGI !! and BIGOS) as well as plenty of cakes. This is our way of saying “Thank you for accepting us here”.
Event Director and also Run Director on the day Bryan Donovan says “This event is one of the most enjoyable events in River Valley. When you look at the number of people that hang around after parkrun to talk, to share food and to meet new people, you can’t help but feel a wonderful sense of community.
“The Polish Runners Club Ireland went all out to make everyone feel welcome, to share and appreciate the Polish culture and heritage and to form a link with the local community. What started off as a one off event has become an annual parkrun in River Valley and it is one we are already looking forward to next year!’
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