Words: Kilkenny Observer
Photos: jbs photos Kilkenny
The Kilkenny Observer newspaper was delighted to attend a special garden party hosted by John and Svitlana Saseyi in the charming Rosemount estate, in Kilkenny city.
Surrounded by neighbours and friends the lovely couple were celebrating the first anniversary of their arrival in Kilkenny, with their family, from war-ravaged Ukraine.
An animated Svitlana remembers the kindness and generosity of the Irish welcome. “Ukrainian and Irish flags were flying all around Rosemount and we were simply overwhelmed by the support and understanding we received.”
John concurred, “we are happy for the chance to work, raise our children give them a proper education and to be able to look after our elderly parents in a safe secure environment. These little things, so often taken for granted, are precious to us, and we organised this party as a simple way to thank our neighbours for their continued friendship and support.”
As the formalities concluded the guests listened to enchanting Ukrainian music and song from the talented group led by Ukrainian singer and musician Oksana Kurovets-Ovcharenko, as they enjoyed an abundance of cakes and savoury delights.
Ми бажаємо родині Сасейі та всім українським родинам міцного здоров’я на многії літа та молимось за повернення миру до їхньої країни.
(We wish the Saseyi and all Ukranian families continued good health and pray that peace will return to their country soon.)