A ‘Famine’ Story At Galway City Museum!

/A ‘Famine’ Story At Galway City Museum!

A ‘Famine’ Story At Galway City Museum!

Re-discover the captivating story of Paul Strzelecki, a Polish humanitarian who saved over 200,000 children during the Great Irish Famine

A Forgotten Polish Hero of the Great Irish Famine: Paul Strzelecki’s Struggle to Save Thousands”

This exhibition presented by the Polish Embassy in Dublin explores the fascinating life and achievements of one of the great humanitarians of the nineteenth century, whose contributions to Irish Famine relief have yet to be widely known and commemorated.

 Count Paul (Paweł) Strzelecki, a world-renowned Polish explorer and scientist, volunteered to work in Ireland to combat raging Famine over a three-year period (1847-49) as the main agent of the British Relief Association (B.R.A).

 In order to alleviate the critical situation of famished Irish families and especially children, Strzelecki developed a visionary and exceptionally effective mode of assistance: feeding starving children directly through the schools. He extended daily food rations to schoolchildren across the most famine-stricken western part of Ireland, while also distributing clothing and promoting basic hygiene. At its peak in 1848, around 200,000 children from all denominations were being fed through the efforts of the B.R.A., many of whom would have otherwise perished from hunger and disease.

Despite suffering from the effects of typhoid fever he contracted in Ireland, Strzelecki dedicated himself tirelessly to hunger relief. His commitment was widely recognized and praised by his contemporaries, and this exhibition endeavours to bring his achievements and legacy back into the public eye.

The content of the exhibition was commissioned from leading experts in the field – Prof. Peter Gray (Queen’s University Belfast) and Assoc. Prof. Emily Mark-FitzGerald (University College Dublin) – and includes several rarely seen images of Famine relief and charity, drawn from collections of major museums and libraries in Ireland, Britain, Australia and the United States.

The exhibition will run at Galway City Museum as part of a nationwide tour from January to March 2020.  It is presented in English and admission is free.

For further information visit www.strzelecki.ie. For press queries, please contact: Nikola Moroney, Polish Embassy in Dublin, ph.: 087 91 32 086, nikola.sekowska@msz.gov.pl.

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ADMISSION: Free |  OPENING TIMES: Tuesday to Saturday: 10:00 to 17:00 and from Easter to end of September on Sundays: 12:00 to 17:00 (Exhibitions close at 16:45)

Galway City Museum will be closed to the public from Thursday 6th to Saturday 8th February to facilitate essential structural works on the ground floor.  Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
Thank you

 
Beidh Músaem Cathrach na Gaillimhe dúnta don phobal ó Déardaoin 6 Feabhra go dtí Dé Sathairn 8 Feabhra chun oibreacha struchtúracha riachtanacha a éascú ar an mbunurlár. Gabh ár leithscéal as aon mhíchaoithiúlacht.
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