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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.

Pic­ture: Dan Line­han

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.

Pic­ture: Dan Line­han

Ann Egan and He­len Egar at the Cork His­tor­i­cal & Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal So­ci­ety Christ­mas lec­ture and re­cep­tion Cork.

Pic­ture: Dan Line­han

Flor Hur­ley, or­gan­iser, Grif­fin Mur­ray, pres­i­dent and Phil McCarthy, trea­surer of the Cork His­tor­i­cal & Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal So­ci­ety at the Craw­ford Art Gallery, Em­met Place, Cork.

Pic­ture: Dan Line­han

Joan and Cal Hy­land at the Cork His­tor­i­cal & Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal So­ci­ety Christ­mas lec­ture and re­cep­tion.

Pic­ture: Dan Line­han

Daniel and Michael O’Ke­effe at the Cork His­tor­i­cal & Ar­chae­o­log­i­cal So­ci­ety Christ­mas lec­ture and re­cep­tion.

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