LIMERICK, OCTOBER 28, 2022. On October 27 and 28, the Cuban ambassador to Ireland, Bernardo Guanche Hernández, made a working visit to the city of Limerick, in which he held meetings with the Mayor, Francis Foley, in the University, the Chamber of Commerce and with colleagues in solidarity with Cuba, as well as with Cuban residents.
During the visit to the Mayor's Office, the ties of brotherhood that exist between the peoples of Ireland and Cuba were made manifest. The Cuban diplomat explained to the high dignitary the negative impact of the blockade and exchanged on the possibilities of cooperation, in particular, in the rescue and maintenance of the historical heritage and culture that this city and Cuban cities treasure.
On the night of October 27, the ambassador and the Counselor in charge of Consular Affairs, Mabel Rodríguez Morera, met with Cubans residing in Limerick and in solidarity, to whom they explained the situation the country is going through as a result of the pandemic and the strengthening of the blockade by United States. The participants expressed their condemnation of the US policy against Cuba and their support for the presentation of a new draft resolution on this issue at the United Nations General Assembly on next November 2 and 3.
At the University, the Cuban diplomat met with his Vice President, Professor Nigel Healy and other representatives of the house of higher studies. Topics of common interest were analysed, among them, the potential for cooperation with Cuban universities in the field of research in branches such as pharmaceuticals, software, sports, among others. Over the last decade, the University of Limerick campus has expanded significantly, and has become one of the best in Ireland.
Likewise, as part of the program, the Ambassador met with Donal Cantillon, President of the Limerick Chamber of Commerce, in order to exchange ideas regarding the possible increase in trade between this Irish region and Cuba.
Limerick dates from at least the colonization of the Vikings in the year 812; it is the capital city of the county of the same name in the province of Munster, in the west of Ireland. It is also the third most populous city in the country (after Dublin and Cork) and the fourth on the island.