Cultural and humanitarian cooperation of Ukraine and Ireland
Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Ukraine and the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism of Ireland on a Ukraine-Ireland Cooperation in the Sphere of Culture, signed on 08 February 2006
Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the field of Education and Science between the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine and the Department of Education and Science of Ireland, signed on 08 February 2006
On 12 October 2010 the exhibition «Ukraine through the eyes of Irish artists, Ireland through the eyes of Ukrainian artists» was opened in Dublin. The event is organized by the Embassy of Ukraine in Ireland at the premises of the European Commission Representation in Ireland.
The exhibition features paintings by the Ukrainian artists, members of the National Union of Artists of Ukraine, Mrs. Tetyana Tsaryk and Mr. Andriy Ozernyy and ones by Irish artist, Mr. John Murray. Prints of paintings of Ukrainian landscapes by the prominent Irish political figure of 20th century, Constance Markievicz are also on display.
In his speech at the opening ceremony the Ambassador of Ukraine H.E.Mr.Sergii Reva stressed the symbolic meaning of the fact that the exhibition took place under the aegis of the EC Representation in the context of Ukraine’s course towards the European integration. The Ambassador passed to the artists greetings by H.E.Mr.Viktor Yanukovych, President of Ukraine, on the occasion of the Day of artist that traditionally marked in Ukraine on 10th October. H.E.Mr.Sergii Reva also underlined that despite distances between Ukraine, being on the edge of Eastern Europe, and Ireland, being on the edge of Western Europe, «diplomatic» language of art speaks of proximity of both European cultures and does not need translation or «approximation».
The acting head of the EU Representation Mr.Eddie McVeigh noted the importance of the event for further interpenetration of cultures of Ukraine and Ireland, stresses the common features in the art of both European nations.
On 3 December 2010 H.E.Mr. Sergii Reva, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to Ireland, met Ms. Adi Roche, President of «Chernobyl Children’s Project International» organization, who was honoured at the World of Children Awards ceremony with an award presented to civil societies and organisations that conduct philanthropic activities on children support.
Ambassador congratulated Ms. A.Roche with such prestigious award (the relevant ceremony took place on 4 November 2010 at UN Headquarters in New York). He underlined that Ms. A.Roche and her foundations activities’ in the sphere of Chernobyl children rehabilitation are highly appreciated in Ukraine.
Ms. Adi Roche informed on main «Chernobyl Children’s Project International» activities. One of its projects is the missions by highly qualified children heart surgeons to different regions of Ukraine aimed on conducting of surgeons and Ukrainian personnel training.
During the conversation perspectives of commemoration events to be held in Ireland on the occasion of 25th Anniversary of Chornobyl tragedy were also discussed.
On 21 December 2010 H.E.Mr. Sergii Reva, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Ukraine to Ireland, met Ms. Fiona Corcoran, Founder and chief executive of «Greater Chernobyl Cause« foundation.
Ms. Fiona Corcoran informed on main «Greater Chernobyl Cause» activities. One of its projects is the yearly rehabilitation programme for sick Ukrainian children in Ireland.
During the conversation an agenda of joint commemoration events to be held in Cork on the occasion of 25th Anniversary of Chornobyl tragedy has been also discussed.
On 17 April 2011 Ukrainian musician Igor Zavadskyi won an international accordion player competition in Ireland.
The 40th jubilee accordion player festival and competition took place on 16-17 April 2011 in Irish city of Navan. Among the participants were musician from the UK, Ireland, Italy, France and other countries.
For the first time a representative of Ukraine participated at such prestigious international competition and at once he won the main prize «the Golden Lyra». The winner is the Honoured Artist of Ukraine, winner of many international accordion players’ competitions Mr. Igor Zavadskyi.
Ambassador of Ukraine H.E.Mr. Sergii Reva arrived from Dublin to gala-concert of the festival to support his fellow compatriot. The public was delighted by emotional and virtuosic performance by the Ukrainian artists that left no one indifferent.
26 April 2011 H.E.Mr.Sergii Reva, Ambassador of Ukraine, took part at the Chernobyl commemorative events in Cork, organized by the Cork City Council and «Greater Chernobyl Cause» charity organisation. The event was also honoured by the local authorities, members of diplomatic corps, church and civil organisations etc.
The Ambassador expressed gratitude to «Greater Chernobyl Cause» founder Ms.Fiona Corcoran for her activities aimed on realisation of international humanitarian programmes and informed that she was awarded with the Order of Princess Olga of Third Degree. This announcement was warmly welcomed by all attendees.
The ceremony included an upheaval of national flags of Ukraine and Ireland, ecumenical service, roll call victims of Chernobyl and candle light, minute of silence, laying wreath etc.