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Polish-Irish Encounters in the Old and New Europe


Edited By Sabine Egger and John McDonagh

The cultural, political, social and economic interaction between Ireland and Poland has a long and complex history. This volume hopes to contribute to an emerging debate around the issues concerned by looking at alternative frameworks for understanding the relationship between the two countries. While the topic has attracted growing interest among researchers from various disciplines in recent years, this is the first book dedicated to exploring this cultural relationship in the context of Polish migration to Ireland. The essays in this collection tease out significant strands that connect the two countries, including literature, visual media, education, politics and history. Examining Polish-Irish relations in their wider historical and cultural context allows for new definitions of Irish, Polish and European identities in the New Europe. Especially important in view of the challenges and opportunities that a multicultural Ireland faces after the hard landing of the Celtic Tiger, this book provides new perspectives on a substantial and vibrant cross-cultural relationship.


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Introduction ix Part I Strands and Connections in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century History 1 JOHN BELCHEM Patterns of Mobility: Irish and Polish Migration in Comparative Historical Perspective 3 RÓISÍN HEALY Religion and Rebellion: The Catholic Church in Ireland and Poland from 1848 to 1867 19 PAUL McNAMARA Sean Lester and Polish Foreign Policy in the Free City of Danzig, 1934–1937 37 JONATHAN MURPHY ‘Common Resolutions to Common Problems?’ Drawing Parallels between Irish and Polish Experiences with Frontier Issues in the Twentieth Century 53 Part Ii Poland and Ireland in Literature and Photography 75 JOHN MERCHANT Universal Identities and Local Realities: Young Poland’s (Mis)readings of Synge 77 vi ROBERT LOOBY Politics and the Reception of Irish Drama in Post-War Poland 89 JOANNA ROSTEK From a Polish in Dublin to Polish Dublin: Retracing Changing Migratory Patterns in Two Recent ‘Dublin Novels’ by Polish Migrants 117 PATRICK NUGENT Ireland’s Symbolic Landscapes: A Polish Perspective 131 Part Iii Educational and Linguistic Encounters 149 BARTLOMIEJ WALCZAK School, Family and EU-migration: Sociological and Educational Implications 151 LILIANA KALINOWSKA Systems in Process: A Historical Review of Polish and Irish Early Childhood Education 167 JOANNA BAUMGART AND FIONA FARR Polish Teenagers’ Integration into Irish Secondary Schools: Language, Culture and Support Systems 179 EWELINA DEBAENE AND ROMANA KOPEČKOVÁ Adult Learners Encountering the Polish Language in Ireland 197 ROZALIA LIGUS ‘Adult Children’ of Emigrants and their Migration Experience 215 vii Part Iv Polish Migrants or the New Irish? Concepts of Identity 229 TOMASZ KAMUSELLA Immigrants,...

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