News from Executive Director


Winter 2017

Happy New Year! I hope you had a peaceful holiday season and wish you and your family a very healthy and happy 2017.

Staff Update

The museum staff is growing. I am pleased to announce that Claire Puzarne has been promoted to assistant director of the museum. Many of you know Claire so I know you will join me in congratulating her on this well-deserved promotion. On January 4, 2017, Margaret Vaughan joined our team as assistant manager. Margaret comes to us from the New Britain Museum of American Art. She received a BFA from the University of Hartford, and is currently enrolled in a master’s program in American studies at Trinity College.

Elizabeth McGarry, the museum’s visitor services assistant for the past year-and-a-half, recently took a full-time position at Quinnipiac University’s School of Business. Many thanks to Liz for all her work at the museum. Finally, Kathryn Sweeney will join our team as the new visitor services assistant. Kate recently received a BFA in drama and linguistics from New York University. She has been working at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford. Please join us in welcoming Kate and Margaret to the museum.

New Acquisitions

We are pleased to announce the addition of three new paintings to the museum’s permanent collection. Two of the paintings depict country life in Connemara, one of the areas most adversely affected by the Famine. Connemara Girls (c. 1880) by Sir Thomas Alfred Jones and The Connemara Spinner (c. 1840, Irish School). Henry Mark Anthony’s View of the Rock of Cashel from the Village displays the traditional seat of the kings of Munster. The surviving buildings are unique among Irish Romanesque churches.

These paintings are currently in Ireland and England but will arrive soon and be on view at the museum in the spring.

Docent Program

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer docent at the museum? If so, an information session will be held on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, at 3 p.m. at the museum for potential docents to learn more about the program (please rsvp to if you plan to attend). If you are unable to attend this session but would like additional information on the docent program, visit the museum’s website.

Works on Loan

The museum has several pieces of art out on loan to the New Bedford Whaling Museum in New Bedford, Massachusetts, for its exhibition “Famine, Friends & Fenians.” This exhibition runs through August 2017. Please consider visiting the museum if you are in the area. The website is

The Knights of Columbus Museum’s exhibition “Fleeing Famine,” featuring several sculptures from the IGHM collection, is ongoing. More information can be found on the website

Spring Events

Through the generous support of our many donors we are able to continue offering a variety of programs. A special thank you to all donors from September 1, 2015 through December 31, 2016, listed on the attached list. For the spring schedule, please visit the museum’s website.

We are very grateful for your ongoing commitment to Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum. We hope you are able to enjoy the museum in the coming year by attending a lecture, discussion or program or by encountering our new works of art or revisiting a favorite one. For those who are interested in supporting the museum, please visit the museum’s website to complete our online giving form. Or mail a check made payable to “Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum” to Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum, 275 Mount Carmel Avenue, Hamden, CT 06518-1908.

Very sincerely,
Grace Brady
Executive Director

Donors to Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum

Marla Batchelder
Mr. and Mrs. James F. Begina
Brian F. Beirne
Kathleen Bonvicini in memory of Jane Casey Bonvicini
Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Brady in memory of Christopher F. Brady Jr.
Grace Brady in honor of Maureen O. Brady
Mr. and Mrs. Mark Brady
Susan H. Brosnan
Nancy S. Burke
Liam Gerard Carroll
Mr. and Mrs. Edward Cesare
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Cortright
Mr. and Mrs. John R. Coyle in memory of Ray and Barbara Carrington
Colleen Craven
James Crozier
Raymond W. DelGobbo
Lee and David Devine in honor of Grace Brady
Susan Dubois
Sean P. Duffy
Beth-Eireann O’Keeffe Elliott and Mark Elliott in honor of Grace Brady
Diana Tracht Evans
Mr. and Mrs. Marc B. Feeley
Mary K. Fitzgerald-Hoyt in memory of Donald Hoyt
Edward Fogarty in memory of the Fogart Family of Kilkenny 1850
Anne K. Frawley in memory of Kathleen A. Frawley
Meg Gavin
Mr. and Mrs. Brian Heery in memory of Mary Waldron, in honor of George Waldron
Anne Herson-Olive
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Howley in memory of John R. Howley
John and Jo Ingman Jr.
Doug James and Kay Mollick
Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Joslin
Mary Keegan
Laurence Kelly
Terrence J. Kenneally
Mary L. Kirby
Valerie Kirley in memory of the Kirley Family
Douglas Kopp
Ken Kraetzer
Michael Kubeck and Millicent Flynn
Dr. and Mrs. John L. Lahey
Kate and Bob Loftus
John D. Lynch
Frank and Doreen Marino
Francis S. McCarthy in memory of Bridget McDermott McCarthy
Liam McCarthy
Signian M. McGeary
Jeanne M. McHugh
James Monahan and Lynn Hunt Monahan
Jane Morrone
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Mullaney
Eileen Munoz
Francis Murphy in memory of Peter Murphy
Sean O’Connor
Margaret O’Driscoll
Dori P. Papa-Santini
Gregory and Dianna Pategas
Jack Penders in memory of Mark Conway Penders
Jane Petrucelli
Mr. and Mrs. Alan Puzarne in honor of Claire and Aaron Puzarne
Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Puzarne in memory of Francis M. Tynan
Matthew D. Setters
Ellen C. Sheehan
Marie Smith
Gerard Toner
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Tynan in memory of Francis M. Tynan
Mark Varholak
Various Donors
George A. Waldron in memory of David Waldron and Mary Waldron
Ellen Walsh
Nolan and Patricia West

Aging At Home New Haven
Annandale Ales Bard College
The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
CT Humanities
Devine Property
Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund
GE Capital
General Electric
Hungry Hill Neighborhood Council
John P. Holland Division, Ancient Order of Hibernians
JR Crozier & Co.
LDCR Florence Lahey Ollinger USN Foundation
Litchfield Community Center
Lucky Ewe Irish Goods LLC
Prospect Senior Center
The Regan Family Charitable Fund
Screenland Studios Production Inc.
Town of Easton
Whitney Center

Click the links below to read previous issues of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum’s newsletter.

Fall 2016

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Spring 2016

Winter 2016

Fall 2015

June 2014

Jack B. Yeats ‘Derrynane’ acquisition – January 2014

April 2013

September 2012