Documentary screening for PolskaEire Festival

Documentary screening for PolskaEire Festival


A documentary on a little known Polish man who helped to provide relief in Ireland during the Great Famine will be shown at Clare Museum during the PolskaEire Festival in Ennis from until Saturday 5 June.

Pawel Edmund Strzelecki, a geologist who became a British subject in 1845, arrived in Ireland at the height of the famine in 1847. He was a volunteer with the British Relief Association which was attempting to provide assistance to famine victims.

The documentary tells the story of his life and in particular an innovative scheme he implemented that saved over 200,000 children from starvation, a deed that has been largely forgotten.

The documentary will be shown on a loop at Clare Museum in Ennis from 9.30am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm, Tuesday to Saturday.

Admission to Clare Museum is free.


Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick.

Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station’s flagship current affairs programme.

He was also the station’s News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day.

As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.