Exhibition in Dublin hails ‘Polish Hero’ of Great Irish Famine

An exhibition entitled “A Forgotten Polish Hero of the Great Irish Famine: Paul Strzelecki’s Struggle to Save Thousands” by the Polish Embassy at the Royal Irish Academy (RIA) in Dublin explores the “fascinating life and achievements of one of the great humanitarians of the nineteenth century.”

According to the RIA website, the exhibition tells “the captivating story of Count Paul Edmund Strzelecki, a Polish humanitarian thanks to whose efforts around 200,000 children were saved during the Great Irish Famine.”

“As the main agent of the British Relief Association (BRA), Mr Strzelecki developed a visionary and exceptionally effective mode of assistance − feeding starving children directly through the schools. At its peak in 1848, around 200,000 children from all denominations were being fed, many of whom would have otherwise perished from hunger and disease.”

The Polish Embassy in Dublin produced a video about the exhibition and tweeted it.

Born in 1797 near Poznań, western Poland, Paweł Edmund Strzelecki also known as Paul Edmund de Strzelecki, was a Polish explorer and geologist, who also became a British citizen in 1845.

The Great Famine, or the Great Hunger, was a period in Ireland, between 1845 and 1849, of mass starvation, disease, and emigration. During the famine, about one million people died and a million more emigrated from Ireland, causing the island’s population to fall by 20-25 percent.

The exhibition runs from May 9 - August 31.

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