Portlaoise library and parish centre were transformed into a sea of yellow, red and green as the Laois Lithuanian community extended a colourful welcome to their Ambassador last Wednesday 28th March.
Ambassador Egidijus Meilūnas and his deputy, Ms. Virginija Umbrasiene, travelled to Laois to meet with the local Lithuanian community and recognise their valuable contribution to the county. His visit commenced in Portlaoise Library where he made a donation of a large collection of Lithuanian language books which will be distributed to libraries across the county.
His visit was concluded with a celebration event in the Portlaoise Parish Centre hosted by Mes Is Laois and supported by Laois Partnership Company. The night was a wonderful showcase of Lithuanian culture featuring performances from the local Lithuanian national dancing group, poetry, songs, kickboxing and a special performance from the children of Dancing Jewels Ballet School.
Ambassador Meilūnas thanked everyone present for the warm welcome and hospitality he received during his visit to Portlaoise and extended his gratitude for the cooperation and support that the Lithuanian community are receiving in Laois.