President officially opens an Irish-Polish Exhibition on the Great Famine

Wed 8th May, 2019 | 18:30
location: (Dublin) Royal Irish Academy

(Dublin) Royal Irish Academy

Wednesday, 08th May, 2019

President officially opens an Irish-Polish Exhibition on the Great Famine

President Higgins opened an exhibition highlighting the life and achievements of Count Paweł Strzelecki, a Polish explorer and scientist, who volunteered to work in Ireland to assist in the Famine relief efforts. 

Strzelecki developed a new mode of assistance, feeding starving children through the schools network. He extended daily food rations to schoolchildren across the most famine-stricken western part of Ireland, while also distributing clothing and promoting basic hygiene.