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"A Gift From Estonia": Estonian Ambassador Pays Courtesy Call to Galway City Mayor

Dec 4, 2014

The Estonian Ambassador to Ireland, H.E. Mrs. Kristi Karelsohn, paid a courtesy call to Galway City Hall on Thursday December 4th and met with Cllr. Donal Lyons, Mayor of Galway.

During the visit the Ambassador and the Mayor discussed the links between Galway and Estonia, which will be marked by a free concert on Thursday December 4th, at 8pm in the Aula Maxima, NUI Galway, called "A Gift From Estonia". The event marks the 10th Anniversary of Estonia's accession to the EU and the gift to Galway of the "Two Wildes" Sculpture.

Back in 2004 Galway was chosen as the Irish city that would welcome Estonia into the European Union and to commemorate the occasion the Estonian city Tartu presented Galway with the very popular sculpture of 'The Two Wildes'. Ten years later the Estonian Embassy is marking the occasion with a gala concert featuring gorgeous music from Ireland and Estonia, from some of the leading musicians in both countries.

The outstanding Estonian quartet Clarinette Omnitonique will be joined by Claire McCague, concert harp (Ireland), Maano Maani, violin (Estonia) and Dermot Dunne, accordion (Ireland) in a programme featuring Arnold Bax, Iwan Muller, Arvo Part and James Wilson in a delightful concert of friendship. The evening will also feature short readings by Gerry Hanberry and John Rogers from the works of Oscar Wllde and Eduard Vilde, the two great writers from Ireland and Estonia who sit together in permanent conversation in the heart of Galway.

All are welcome to the Aula Maxima for this free event. The concert is supported by Estonian Embassy in Dublin, Estonian Ministry of Culture, Cultural Endowment of Estonia and Galway City Council.

For more information on the story of the Two Wildes statue see: