Talks

‘YOU CANNOT REASON IN AN ABSTRACT WAY WHEN YOU SEE MEN DYING IN THE STREETS’: COUNT PAUL STRZELECKI AND FAMINE RELIEF IN IRELAND

with Emily Mark Fitzgerald

Ballyfermot Library

10/10/2019 at 6:30pm

This talk will discuss the fascinating life and work of Paul Strzelecki, a Polish count whose humanitarian work during the 1840s Irish Famine saved the lives of thousands. An explorer, scientist and polymath who travelled the globe, Strzelecki volunteered to assist with relief efforts during the worst years of the Famine crisis, developing an innovative relief scheme to feed children through the school system. His achievements and heroism are recognised in a new exhibition by the Polish Embassy in Ireland, in collaboration with historians from University College Dublin and Queen’s University Belfast.

 

This talk accompanies the exhibition A Forgotten Polish Hero of the Great Irish Famine: Paul Strzelecki’s Struggle to Save Thousands on display in Ballyfermot Library from 1st – 31st October

www.strzelecki.ie

Booking required.