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Thursday, March 23 6 p.m.
Helena Byrne Storyteller/Singer Performance

Helena Byrne returns to Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum. For those who missed her visit last year – please take this opportunity to attend!

Combining her love of Irish folklore and passion for the performing arts, Helena regularly performs as a seanchaí (Irish storyteller). Helena 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 has 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.

This event is made possible by the generous support of George Waldron.

This event is currently full. To add your name to the wait list, please call 203-582-6500.

Wednesday, April 26 3:30 p.m.
Pictures vs. Words? Public History, Tolerance, and the Challenge of Jacob Riis: A Lecture by Dr. Edward O’Donnell

Through his pioneering use of photography and muckraking prose (most especially in How the Other Half Lives, 1890), Jacob Riis earned fame as a humanitarian in the classic Progressive Era mold. Yet in recent years some revisionist scholars have denounced Riis as an unreconstructed racist who merely posed as a benevolent reformer. Riis’s words and photos provides the public historian with an extraordinary opportunity to delve into the complex questions of assimilation and Americanization, labor exploitation, cultural diversity, social control, and middle-class fear that lie at the heart of the American immigration narrative.

Edward O’Donnell, Ph.D. is a professional historian, author, speaker, teacher and podcaster. He earned his Ph.D. in American History from Columbia University. He is an Associate Professor of History at Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA.

O’Donnell is the author of several books, including: Henry George and the Crisis of Inequality: Progress and Poverty in the Gilded Age America (2015); Visions of America: A History of the United States (co-author, 2012); and 1001 Things Everyone Should Know About Irish American History (2002).

This event is free, but registration is required.

Thursday, May 18 6 p.m.
“Rebel Rossa” Documentary Screening

Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum will screen the documentary film “Rebel Rossa” on Thursday, May 18  at 6 p.m. on the Quinnipiac University North Haven Campus. Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa is an icon in Fenian Irish revolutionary history. Rossa’s American great-grandsons created the film. Rossa’s life as a member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood and his resistance of the British government ultimately lead to the 1916 Easter Rising. In this documentary Rossa’s great-grandsons return to Ireland to trace their family history and uncover all there is to know about Rossa and wife Mary Jane. The film covers Rossa’s life starting with his childhood in rural Ireland, his experiences of the Great Hunger, time in six different Victorian jails, his exile to the United States and the origin of his nickname “O’Dynamite Rossa.” After the screening Williams Rossa Cole (Producer, Director, Editor) will lead a discussion on the contemporary effects of his Fenian great grandfather’s life.

This event will take place at the Quinnipiac University North Haven Campus, 370 Basset Road, North Haven, CT. Tickets are available for $10.00 each and should be purchased online in advance. The film runs 88 minutes long. Please purchase your tickets HERE.