Glencree Events Supporting Refugee Week


21/6/2023: This week, Glencree joins in celebrating Irish Refugee Week (19-25 June) - a festival to celebrate compassion and connection, and everyone is welcome.

Glencree ‘Wellness and Relaxation Sessions’

The Glencree Intercultural & Refugee Programme invites refugees, including displaced Ukranians, and volunteers and staff from organisations and community groups supporting refugees in Dublin and Wicklow, to join us for the third in our series of ‘Wellness and Relaxation Sessions’. Focusing on self-care and trauma-healing using Capacitar practices, this event will take place in Glencree on Saturday 24 June from 10am - 1pm.

These sessions, facilitated by Patty Abozaglo and Nadette Foley, include an optional networking lunch for those who have time to stay, connect with others as we mark Refugee Week and enjoy the peaceful surrounds of Glencree. "Glencree’s experience is that these self-care practices provide immediate benefits to participants and support their well-being and integration within local communities. Participants find the sessions very useful to reduce levels of stress and helps them to be more connected, to feel peaceful, calm and positive.” commented Patty Abozaglo.

Glencree's Wellness and Relaxation Sessions are free to attend. To find out more and to join us on Saturday 24 June, please email Sinead from our Intercultural and Refugee team on: We also invite registrations for our next session which will be held on Saturday 22 July at Glencree.

Brian Friel's 'Translations' at the Abbey Theatre

During Refugee Week, Glencree's Intercultural and Refugee Programme hosted a group of Ukrainians at the Lesya Ukrainka National Theatre’s production of 'Translations', the renowned play by Brian Friel. The play, which will be performed in Ukrainian with english subtitles, will be held in the Abbey Theatre from 20-24 June.

Twenty seven people from Ukraine's national theatre will deliver 7 performances of this Irish masterpiece. Exploring the determination of a people to persist and to ensure their culture endures in the most difficult of circumstances, this production of 'Translations' was originally staged in Kyiv in October 2022. (View RTE coverage of the staging in Kyiv >)

“Showing the performance in Ireland is a way to remind the world that we exist, that we are still alive. It is a way of expressing gratitude to the people of Ireland, who were one of the first to open their borders and provide shelter for internally displaced persons. This is an opportunity to remind those who are not at home about home. Translations is about us.” said Assistant Managing Director for International Affairs at Lesya Ukrainka National Academic Drama Theatre, Anastasya Pavlenko.

"Over the years, Glencree has often harnessed the arts as a means of introducing and creating engagement around difficult, sensitive topics and lived experiences. It seemed very fitting to invite our friends from Ukraine to this production by their home theatre in this week which brings to the fore our focus on compassion and connection." commented Nadette Foley, Programme Manager, Glencree Intercultural and Refugee Programme.

This production is supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs.

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