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5 Events for 5 Years Celebrating the Fifth Anniversary of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University

Wednesday, September 27
The Impact of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum––A Lecture by Niamh O’Sullivan
6 p.m., Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum

Curator Niamh O’Sullivan will discuss the impact of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum and its plans for future exhibitions. A small reception will follow the lecture at 6:45 p.m. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required HERE.

Friday, October 6  
Irish Whiskey Tasting
6:30–8:30 p.m., Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum, galleries and outside lawn

The word “whiskey” (or whisky) comes from the Irish (or ‘Gaelic’) uisce beatha, meaning water of life. Enjoy a night of tasting and learning guided by experts from The Wise Old Dog, a boutique bottle shop in West Hartford. Participants will learn what makes Irish whiskeys unique in flavor profile and sample several from the last Irish-owned distilleries, from counties Wicklow, Louth, and Dublin. Surprisingly during the height of the Great Hunger, whisky was still in production, giving this distilled drink centuries of uninterrupted history.

The tasting will be held in an outdoor tent next to the museum. Light food will be served. The museum will be open with live music from Irish music-trio Daymark, and various activities and crafts. Tickets to this event are $50 and must be purchased online HERE. All attendees must be over 21. The ticket cost includes a tasting glass.

Tuesday, October 10
In the Irish Tenement Kitchen – A Lecture by Sarah Lohman  
6 p.m., North Haven Auditorium, 370 Bassett Road, North Haven Campus

Sarah Lohman, an author, blogger, food historian, and museum educator at the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, ate like a tenement dweller for a week in 2009 by following an 1877 pamphlet titled “Fifteen Cent Dinners.” She also lived as a 19th century Irish maid for a day. During her lecture, Lohman will discuss what domestic life looked like for immigrant families in New York City tenements.

Lohman’s book, “Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine,” explores the unique culinary history of America and how immigrant groups shaped the way Americans eat today. Copies of the book will be available for sale.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required HERE.

Saturday, October 21
Family Day at Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A scavenger hunt and various crafts will be offered throughout the day for children and families. The 10 a.m. public tour will be family friendly, focusing on pieces in the collection that feature children. This event is free and open to the public, and no registration is required.

Thursday, November 2
Musical Performance by Declan O’Rourke  
7-8:30 p.m., Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum

Declan O’Rourke released his debut album, “Since Kyabram,” in 2004. The record debuted at No. 5 on the Irish album charts and achieved double-platinum status. His debut single, “Galileo (Someone Like You),” has been covered by numerous artists including Josh Groban. O’Rourke tours internationally and has shared the stage with the likes of Alison Krauss, Paddy Casey, Paul Weller, Gemma Hayes, Damien Rice, Snow Patrol, The Cardigans, Badly Drawn Boy and Bono.

Over the past 10 years, O’Rourke has been on a personal mission writing songs about the Irish Famine. He discovered that his grandfather was born in a workhouse in Kinvara, County Galway. O’Rourke began reading about workhouses and quickly realized he had a story to tell. This fall, he will release his long anticipated Famine album, titled “’45-’51: Chronicles of the Great Irish Famine.” Tickets for this event are $30 and should be purchased HERE.

The museum would be grateful if visitors to these events would bring canned foods that will be donated to the Connecticut Food Bank to help end hunger in our community.