County Clare's first ever Polish Festival will take place later this month in Ennis.

The festival will take place over three weeks; September 20th – October 12th at the Clare Museum in Ennis town.

The organiser of the festival, Jakub Kacprzak spoke about the events, "We are very excited about hosting the upcoming festival, the first of its kind ever to be held in Clare, a county that has been home to hundreds of Polish people for a number of years during which they have become active and valued members of the local community."

He continued, "The upcoming series of events will not only celebrate Poland's rich culture and heritage but also will showcase some of the many connections and similarities between the people of Ireland and Poland. We look forward to welcoming all members of the local community to Clare Museum during the festival."

There will be an array of free public events happening in the museum including lectures on Poland's World War Two experience, screenings of Polish films and exhibitions of Polish modern art.

The festival kicks off on September 20th at 8pm with an art exhibition that will be launched by the Mayor of Clare, Joe Arkins, and His Excellency Patrick O'Sullivan, Honorary Consul of Poland.

Other Events:

Thursday 26th September at 1pm, Mietek Odya will present a lecture focusing on his County Clare descendants who got shipwrecked near Gdansk while en route to enlist with the Russian Navy during the 17th century.

Saturday 28th September at 11am, archaeologist Jakub Kacprzak will present a talk entitled, “Megalithic Idea in Poland and Ireland”. Roman Polanski's holocaust film, The Pianist will be the subject of a special screening at 2.30pm.

3rd October at 1pm a lecture on the Warsaw Uprising against Nazi occupiers in 1944 will be hosted by Jakup Kacprzak, a grandson of one of a Polish insurgent.

5th October at 11am, Folkowisko Association members Marcin and Marina Piotrowski will present a talk titled “Multicultural Poland - Journey Through Centuries.” At 3pm there will be a screening of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s “Short Film About Killing.”

12th October at 11am, Polish World War 2 historian Bartosz Wróbel will present "Project Riese - History of mysterious German structures from WW2." At 2pm, another Kieślowski film - The Double Life of Véronique - will be screened.

Further information on the Clare Museum Polish Festival is available from Clare Museum on (065) 6823382.