Proud Ukrainians mark Independence Day far from home

Liza Mutsenko, Vasilisa Sinykova and Anna Oleksiienko, enjoying the Ukrainian cultural event to celebrate Independence Day. at Arthurs Quay. Photo: Brendan Gleeson

THE PROUD colours of Ukraine flew high over Limerick city last week as communities gathered to celebrate Ukraine’s Independence Day.

On Thursday (August 24), City Hall was the venue for a ceremony to mark Independence Day, which featured a ceremonial flag raising.

Mayor of Limerick City and County councillor Gerald Mitchell and other elected representatives were joined by some of the 4,000 strong Ukrainian community who call Limerick home, to mark the occasion.

Also on Thursday, Mayor Mitchell launched an exhibition focusing on Ukrainian culture at the Hunt Museum.

The Art of Ukraine exhibition was held to showcase Ukrainian music, art, jewellery, and Ukrainian culture.

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The event was also held in solidarity with Ukrainian citizens who have had to flee their homes and seek refuge in other countries because of war.

From handmade jewellery, to music, paintings and culture, The Art of Ukraine aimed to bring Ukrainian culture to a wider audience.

The event was not only a celebration of Ukraine’s artistic heritage but also an opportunity to show solidarity and support for Ukrainian people who have had to seek refuge in other countries.

Saturday saw a mini festival and public celebration held in Arthur’s Quay Park, organised by Dóras and Limerick City and County Council.

Over 4,000 Ukrainian people have made Limerick home since the outbreak of the war with Russia, and the Ukrainian community in Limerick wanted to do something to give back to the people of Limerick for welcoming them.