This exhibition explores the birth of diplomatic relations and friendship between the young states of Ireland and Poland in the 20th century. This friendship was instigated through the tireless work of Consul-General Wacław T. Dobrzyński—the first Polish diplomat to Ireland.
It is through his life and career that we tell the story of the evolution of Irish–Polish relations, in which he played a crucial part. Dobrzyński was a true patriot whose entire life was dedicated to service of his beloved Poland—service that proved to be very demanding, owing to the many tragedies his country had to endure. From the moment he set foot on the Emerald Isle, however, he became deeply infatuated with Ireland and her people. In total, he spent 33 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.
Follow his footsteps and experience the troubles of 20th-century Europe. We will see his relief at unexpectedly finding a second fatherland across the continent; the first steps of the young Irish Free State in those challenging times; and, last but not least, the birth of friendship between Poland and Ireland—a friendship which is flourishing now more than ever.