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September 8, 4 p.m.
The Quakers and Irish Famine Relief: A Lecture by William J. Duffney
Quinnipiac University Mount Carmel Campus
Student Center, Room 225
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Using original correspondence, The Quakers and Irish Famine Relief outlines the selfless efforts made by the Society of Friends (Quakers) on behalf of the starving Irish during the Great Hunger. The personal vignettes found within their letters bring us closer to the perspective of the people in their place and time. Political and social history, and maritime and postal history collide in unexpected ways.

Bill Duffney is a retired musician, educator and postal historian, who has travelled extensively in Ireland. Bill served for several years as the editor of the Connecticut Postal History Society Journal. Today, he maintains the website,, and is a member of the American Philatelic Society, U.S. Postal Classics Society, and the Boston Philatelic Group, among others.

September 15, 5 p.m.
An Evening with Helena Byrne, Irish Storyteller
Quinnipiac University York Hill Campus
Rocky Top Student Center, The Den
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Combining her love of Irish folklore and passion for the performing arts, Helena Byrne regularly performs as a seanchaí (Irish storyteller). She interweaves tales of the mysterious fairy folk with traditional Irish songs and wonderful insights into the Irish life of days gone by. Akin to the traditional travelling seanchaí of times past, Helena is renowned for bringing her spellbinding stories and songs to diverse audiences in settings large and small.

Helena created a special program for Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum which tells the story of the Irish and their reliance on the potato, Irish emigration to the “New World” and the growth of the Irish Diaspora. She also tells of the beliefs that Irish people had in times past, including superstitions, belief in the fairy folk and the “Other World,” and stories about these magical creatures. A selection of Irish folk songs are interwoven between these stories.

September 29, 4 p.m.
Reframing 1916: Documentary and Panel Discussion
Quinnipiac University Mount Carmel Campus
Mount Carmel Auditorium
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In the centenary year, as a result of the documentary 1916 The Irish Rebellion, the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at University of Notre Dame is partnering with the Irish government and leading universities and institutions worldwide to host a series of international academic events, entitled “Reframing 1916.”

The documentary 1916 The Irish Rebellion is narrated by Liam Neeson and tells the dramatic story of the events that took place in Dublin during Easter Week 1916, when a small group of Irish rebels took on the might of the British Empire. The documentary – featuring a combination of rarely seen archival footage, new segments filmed on location worldwide, and interviews with leading international experts – also uncovers the untold story of the central role Irish Americans played in the days leading up to the rebellion.

Quinnipiac University is hosting a screening of the feature-length documentary (86 minutes) and panel discussion.

With an introduction by Grace Brady, Executive Director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum, panelists include:

Christopher Fox (Executive Producer for Notre Dame of the documentary), Professor of English and Director, Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, University of Notre Dame

Christine Kinealy, Founding Director, Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University and Professor of History, Quinnipiac University

Bríona Nic Dhíarmada (Originator, Creator, Producer and Executive Producer of the documentary), Thomas J. and Kathleen M. O’Donnell Professor of Irish Studies and Concurrent Professor of Film, Television and Theater, University of Notre Dame

Robert Smart, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of English, Quinnipiac University

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

The museum was invited to launch its third series of Famine Folios at the ACIS Conference at New York University. The folios will also be available for sale at the museum.

The following titles will be released, and the authors will be present to discuss their work:

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

More information to follow at and

This event will be held at the Eiser and Lubin Auditorium on the 4th Floor of the Kimmel Center for University Life at New York University. The address is 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012.

This event is free, but registration is requested. Please register by clicking here.