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President Papadopoulos opens Cypriot exhibition in Irish Museum
2005-11-30 11:53:13

by Athena Arsalidou

Dublin, Nov 30 (CNA) ---- Cypriot President Tassos Papadopoulos officially opened last night an exhibition of ceramics and glass from ancient Cyprus, at The National Museum of Ireland.

In the presence of Irish Minister of Arts and Sports John O'Donoghue and Museum officials, diplomats and other people, President Papadopoulos said that the exhibition adds an additional quality to the relationship between Cyprus and Ireland through a cultural dimension.

''The exhibition offers to all who visit the Museum the opportunity to see a wonderful sample of the richness and importance of the cultural heritage of Cyprus, Ireland's sister island in the Mediterranean'', he said.

The President referred to the destruction of the cultural heritage in the Turkish occupied areas of Cyprus, saying that this affects not only Cyprus but also the whole humanity.

The Irish Minister noted the excellent relations between Cyprus and Ireland as well as the importance of the exhibition, which will be permanent and will include pieces of ceramics and glass from ancient Cyprus dating 2.500 BC to 300 AD.

Director of the Cyprus Antiquities Department Pavlos Flourentzos said that in two years the National Museum of Ireland will also include a six month exhibition of Cypriot pieces from the Neolithic until the Roman times.

The exhibition includes around 500 pieces, some of them given as a donation to the Museum in the 19th century.

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