Polish and Irish history and culture come together at Culture Night event in Gorey

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The lives of Poles, who made great humanitarian contributions during the great famine, are the centerpiece of the exhibition curated by the Gory Polish Cultural Society at this night of culture.

Held as part of the national Culture Night celebrations on September 25th, ‘Forgotten Polish Heroes of the Great Irish Famine: Paul Szerecki’s Struggle to Save Thousands’ is about how life is in Ireland. An interesting story about the Poles intertwined with the history of Paul (Paweł) Edmund Strzelecki is a Polish humanitarian who, as a leading agent for the British Relief Society during the Great Famine, was a visionary and extremely supportive person who fed starving children directly through their schools. We have developed an effective support method for At its height in 1848, it fed and clothed about 200,000 children of all denominations. Otherwise many would have died of hunger and disease. Despite suffering from the effects of typhoid fever in Ireland, Strzelecki devoted himself to alleviating hunger. The exhibition aims to bring his achievements and legacy back to the public eye.

The exhibition is a flagship initiative of the Polish Embassy in Dublin. In 2016, the then Polish ambassador to Poland, Richard Sarkowicz, proposed commemorating the service of Count Pawel Stroccelecki to Ireland. The embassy’s public relations coordinator and exhibition curator Galia Tzymiak and Nicola Senkowska Molonyi conducted research to raise funds and get the project off the ground. Through their research, they connected with Professor Peter Gray, Associate Professor Emily Mark Fitzgerald, and designer Gar Garland, who were involved in the development of the exhibition. The outcome of their work is The Forgotten Polish Hero of the Great Irish Famine: Paul Strzelecki’s Struggle to Save Thousands, which explores Paul’s fascinating life and achievements. The exhibition will be held at the Market House on September 25th from 5pm to 10pm.

“We wanted to show the interesting Polish life of saving Irish children from hunger. The exhibition traveled all over Ireland and we felt it was time to make it known in Gorey.” said Ola Rike of the Gorey Polish Cultural Association. .

Excitement for Culture Night is already building thanks to another initiative organized by the Gorey Polish Cultural Association. The ‘Polish Culture Hunt’ invites people to look for various hidden objects around Gorey in hopes of winning two of his vouchers of €200, €100, €50 or €25. Invite A budding detective must find at least 10 of his 15 Polish symbols or items hidden around the town of Gorey to have a chance of winning. The rules are very simple and anyone can participate while strolling around the city. Objects are clearly marked, many of which are in shop windows. Participating stores are also clearly marked and have game cards available for participants to collect. At 9pm during the exhibition, a drawing will be held at his House on the Market and the winner will be announced.

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