Museum launches Polish translation

The Clare Champion,
Friday, November 22, 2013

Clare Museum is set to become even more accessible to the local Polish community, and hopes are high that their efforts will lead to a boost in tourism also.

The museum will launch a Polish translation of its Riches of Clare exhibition this week. The initiative is an outcome of the recent Festival of Poland which featured the culture and art of Clare-based Polish born immigrants.

A grant from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht was used to employ a translator who produced the text, which will make the museum more accessible to the 2,500 or so Polish-born residents of Clare and 19,000 other Poles in Galway, Limerick and Tipperary.

According to museum curator, John Rattigan, “The Polish community is now the largest ethnic group in Ireland. While many Poles have a good command of English, others do not and as a consequence can be relatively isolated and unable to engage fully in Irish society. The translation will remove this barrier to access at Clare Museum”.

He said the translation is appropriate to Clare County Council’s policy of social inclusion, following the recent announcement by Ryanair of increased connectivity between Shannon and Poland.

The text will join the Irish, French and German translations currently available at the museum. The translation will be launched at Clare Museum on Saturday at 2.30pm. Admission is free and all are welcome.

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