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Cork City Council honours Vision Centre Director with Civic Reception

John X. Miller, Director of the Cork Civic Trust and Vision Centre at St. Peter’s Church, North Main Street, Cork, was honoured with a Civic Reception by the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Michael Ahern and Cork City Council in the Council Chamber, City Hall, Cork on Wednesday, 25th October 2006.

Addressing the assembled guests, the Lord Mayor paid tribute to Mr. Miller on the success of the Enlargement! Programme in 2005 and in particular the awarding of the
“Pro Cultura Hungarica” Award, the highest Cultural Award the Hungarian nation awards, to Mr. Miller earlier this year.

“It is fitting that a nation so internationally famous for its contribution to the visual arts should see fit to bestow this Award on you for the segment of Enlargement! relating to their country. You bring honour to all the people of Cork in receiving such an Award”.

The Hungarian Government, in close co-operation with the Cork Vision Centre and its Director, Mr John X Miller, expanded the Hungarian part of Enlargement! into a fully fledged Hungarian Cultural Month in Cork city in February 2005. Besides the exhibitions of sculptor Mária Lugossy and painter József Gaál, the programme of the Hungarian Cultural Month included a concert by the Auer Strings Quartet, the screening of contemporary Hungarian films and a performance by the acclaimed Győr Ballet Company. The visit of the President of the Republic of Hungary, Ferenc Mád,l to the closing ceremony of the Hungarian Cultural Month in Cork highlighted the importance Hungary had attached to the whole project.

This Award was presented to Mr. Miller by Dr. János Balassa, Ambassador of the Republic of Hungary to Ireland on behalf of the Minister for National Cultural Heritage, Dr. András Bozóki, at a lunch in the Ambassador’s residence in Dublin earlier this year.


Press Release

25th October 2006

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