Exhibition celebrates first Polish diplomat to Ireland

Exhibition celebrates first Polish diplomat to Ireland

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A historical exhibition on the life and career of the first Polish diplomat to Ireland has been opened at DeValera Public Library in Ennis.

‘Friends in Times of Turmoil’ – a historical exhibition on the life and career of Consul-General Dobrzyński reveals how the Polish nobleman initiated diplomatic relations and long-lasting friendship between the young states of Ireland and Poland in the 20th century.  The exhibition is presented by the Polish Embassy in Dublin in cooperation with the Clare County Library. It is in English and is admission free.

From the moment he set foot on the Emerald Isle, Dobrzyński became deeply infatuated with Ireland and her people. In total, he spent 34 years in Ireland, of which 25 years were in diplomatic service, making him the longest-serving foreign diplomat in the history of the Irish State.

Through the innocent gesture of inviting President Douglas Hyde to soccer match between Poland and Ireland in 1938, Consul Dobrzyński – otherwise a very popular and admired personality in 1930s Dublin – unwittingly caused chaos on the Irish political scene. President Hyde’s attendance at the game ultimately led to his resignation as chairman of the GAA.

The exhibition is on display in the DeValera Public Library, Harmony Row, Ennis until October 31 during library opening hours. In conjunction with the exhibition, a lecture on the history of Irish-Polish relations will take place on Tuesday 24th October at 6.30pm delivered by Dr Roisin Healy, NUI Galway.

More information at www.polishconsulexhibition.ie.

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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.

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