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Shamrock for the President
March 31, 2011   
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On St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, in tribute to the large Polish community in Ireland, the ambassador of Ireland to Poland, Eugene Hutchinson, presented a bowl of Irish shamrock to Jacek Michałowski, head of the Polish President’s Office, who received the presentation on behalf of President Bronisław Komorowski.

“This presentation is a symbolic representation of our strong friendship,” Hutchinson said. “In particular, it is a tribute to the contribution made to Ireland by the many Polish people who have moved there since 2004.”

For many years it has also been a tradition that the Taoiseach (prime minister) of Ireland presents a bowl of shamrock to the U.S. president on St. Patrick’s Day in Washington. This reflects the particularly strong links between Ireland the United States, deriving mainly from a long tradition of Irish emigration and reflecting the deep and diverse involvement of Irish people in the development of the United States.

In recognition of the great number of Polish people who have lived and still live in Ireland, it is appropriate that this tradition of presenting a bowl of shamrock to the head of state takes place in Poland, officials said.
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