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The importance of developing existing economic and cultural links between Germany and Ireland were stressed at a recent event in Cork.
At a Christmas event where relationships past, present and future between the city and Germany were discussed, German Ambassador to Ireland, Deike Potzel, highlighted Ireland’s almost unique position among Germany’s European trading partners in terms of our trade surplus.
She was speaking ahead of a seasonal lecture for members of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society, which had a strong theme about more historic ties between the two countries. It was delivered by Dagmar Ó Rian Raedel, who has been instrumental in developing and maintaining links as part of Cork’s twinning with the German city of Cologne.
The event was one of many held in Cork during 2018 to mark the 30th anniversary of that twinning, and the illustrated lecture focused on Cologne’s medieval history, as home to the relics of the Three Wise Men.
Both cities have benefitted from their locations as ports on large rivers, the banks of the Rhine being where Irish monks oversaw the transformation of a local church to Cologne’s Benedictine monastery in the late 10th century.
At the event in the Crawford Art Gallery, Cork Historical and Archaeological Society president Griffin Murray presented Ms Potzel with a copy of the latest edition of the society’s journal, which coincidentally features an article about Benedictine monks from Rosscarbery in Würzburg, a city in the Germany region of Bavaria.
Deputy Lord Mayor, Councillor Fergal Dennehy recalled the importance of German and other European manufacturing employers in Cork in the decades before the growth of jobs with multinationals in newer technology businesses. He said that such relationships should be particularly remembered as we prepare for the impact of Brexit.
The Cork Historical and Archaeological Society resumes its winter programme of free public lectures tomorrow with a lunchtime talk by Professor Tadhg O’Keeffe from the school of archaeology at University College Dublin. His lecture ‘Home truths about Raleigh, Spenser, Norreys and Boyle’ takes place at 1pm in the Crawford Art Gallery in Cork’s Emmet Place.
Pictured at the Cork Historical & Archaeological Society Christmas lecture and reception (l-r): Griffin Murray, Cork Historical & Archaeological Society, German Ambassador HE Deike Potze, Dagmar Ó Riain-Raedel and Flor Hurley.
Ann Egan and Helen Egar at the Cork Historical & Archaeological Society Christmas lecture and reception Cork.
Flor Hurley, organiser, Griffin Murray, president and Phil McCarthy, treasurer of the Cork Historical & Archaeological Society at the Crawford Art Gallery, Emmet Place, Cork.
Joan and Cal Hyland at the Cork Historical & Archaeological Society Christmas lecture and reception.
Daniel and Michael O’Keeffe at the Cork Historical & Archaeological Society Christmas lecture and reception.