Lurgan's Polish Community

Donagh McKeown


Donagh McKeown


Lurgan has been a welcoming place for centuries, many will say from it’s inception back in the 1600s, when the town was first formed, and in the many centuries in-between, from Quakers to Huguenots, to communities from Vietnam in the late 70s to present day migrants from war torn countries around the globe.

With the advent of Poland becoming a member of the European Economic Community, we’ve seen a large number come to this area from that country.

Just over three years ago a local group set up the Polish Northern Ireland Community Network. They set up a local cafe at 1 Market Street, including a Polish library and later a Polish language group in the area.

Donagh McKeown, the bookish person that he is, met up with Justyna Tomsa Knox, Chairperson of the group to find out a little more about their work and mission.

You can reach out to the Polish NI Community Network and Cafe Together by their Facebook pages

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