News from Executive Director

Fall 2016

Building improvements are proceeding at the museum. While the improvements will take slightly longer than anticipated, we look forward to welcoming you when we reopen on Wednesday, November 2. Please visit our website, for up-to-date information.

Museum Receives Major Award

Great news! The American Alliance of Museums has awarded first place to Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum in the book category of its 2016 publications competition for the museum’s second Famine Folio series released in 2015. This is a huge recognition for the folios and the museum as it is from the leading museum organization in the U.S. If you have not yet gotten a set, I encourage you to do so by visiting and clicking on “store.”

Release of Famine Folios Third Series

We will be launching the third series of Famine Folios in October. The titles are:
Angela Bourke, Voices Underfoot: Memory, Forgetting, and Oral Verbal Art
Tadhg Foley, Death by Discourse? Political Economy and the Great Irish Famine
Paschal Mahoney, Grim Bastilles of Despair: The Poor Law Union Workhouses in Ireland
Mick Moloney, Across the Western Ocean: Songs of Leaving and Arriving (including CD)
Vincent Woods, Leaves of Hungry Grass: Poetry and Ireland’s Great Hunger


We were invited to launch this series as part of the American Conference for Irish Studies being hosted by Glucksman Ireland House at New York University on Friday, October 28. All are welcome to attend. Registration is required, and can be completed at

Folios can be purchased individually or as a set at the museum or online after October 28.

Fall Programming

We are pleased to announce our fall programming schedule. Please take note of where these events will be held. Registration is required for the events noted below, and can be completed at

September 8, 4 p.m.
The Quakers and Irish Famine Relief
A lecture by William Duffney
Quinnipiac University Mount Carmel Campus
Student Center Room 225

September 15, 5 p.m.
An evening with Helena Byrne Irish Storyteller
Quinnipiac University York Hill Campus
Rocky Top Student Center, The Den
$5 admission

September 29, 4 p.m.
Re-framing 1916 Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion
Quinnipiac University Mount Carmel Campus
Mount Carmel Auditorium

October 28, 8 p.m.
Famine Folio Launch at New York University
Part of the Mid-Atlantic Regional ACIS Conference
Eisner and Lubin Auditorium, 4th Floor Kimmel Center for University Life
New York University
60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012

Thank you again for your interest and ongoing support of the museum. For upcoming events at the museum, please visit or 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.
Hoping you had a restful summer, I look forward to seeing you soon at the museum.

Grace Brady
Executive Director


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

Summer 2016

Spring 2016

Winter 2016

Fall 2015

June 2014

Jack B. Yeats ‘Derrynane’ acquisition – January 2014

April 2013

September 2012