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‘Lublin Trio’ Ambassadors Visit TUS Athlone Campus

Ambassadors of Ukraine, Lithuania and Poland visit TUS Athlone C
  • 26th March 2024

Three distinguished ambassadors from the ‘Lublin Triangle’—a regional alliance comprising Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania—visited Technological University of the Shannon (TUS), Athlone Campus, recently to discuss the economic, social, and political future of Europe in the context Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Led by Ambassador of Ukraine to Ireland Larysa Gerasko, the trio engaged in enriching dialogues with students and faculty and also fostered connections with local authorities and Athlone’s Ukrainian community.

A highlight of the visit was an insightful panel discussion held in the Douglas Hyde lecture theatre where, joined by Ambassador of Poland to Ireland Arkady Rzegocki and Ambassador of Lithuania to Ireland Marijus Gudynas, Ambassador Gerasko delved into pressing issues such as the importance of international security.

Pictured: (L to R) Ambassador of Poland to Ireland Arkady Rzegocki, Ambassador of Ukraine to Ireland Larysa Gerasko, and Ambassador of Lithuania to Ireland Marijus Gudynas. Photo: Nathan Cafolla.

The lecture was part of a series of talks, delivered annually, to the students of International Economics, lectured by Henry Joyce, enabling them gain a practical understanding of global economic issues

The three ambassadors emphasised the significance of solidarity in supporting Ukraine’s quest for victory, underlining the enduring bonds between Ukraine and Ireland.

The discussion also explored the economic ramifications of the conflict, shedding light on the strategic responses of the involved nations.

Pictured: (L to R) Brian Toolan, TUS lecturer; Ambassador of Poland to Ireland Arkady Rzegocki; Henry Joyce, TUS lecturer; Ambassador of Ukraine to Ireland Larysa Gerasko; Head of Department, Business & Management, Dr Alison Sheridan; Ambassaor of Lithuania to Ireland Marijus Gudynas; Alison Hough, TUS lecturer & discussion moderator. Photo: Nathan Cafolla.

Amid concerns about the UN Security Council’s efficacy and potential political and donor fatigue, the ambassadors reiterated their commitment to upholding the international legal order and supporting Ukraine’s journey towards peace and stability.

The visit culminated in a meaningful exchange of gifts, symbolising the strengthened ties between Ukraine, Poland, and Lithuania and Ireland.

Acting Dean of the Faculty of Business and Hospitality Dr Michael Tobin remarked, “We are honoured to host the esteemed ‘Lublin Trio’ at TUS Athlone Campus. Their insights and perspectives have enriched our discussions, reinforcing the importance of international cooperation in addressing global challenges.”