Past Programs


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

Saturday, October 21 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Family Day at Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum

Tuesday, October 10 6 p.m.
In the Irish Tenement Kitchen – A Lecture by Sarah Lohman 

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

August 20 1 to 3 p.m.
Afternoon Tea

June 8, July 13, August 10 5:30 p.m.
Blind Contour Sculpture Tours

June 21 3 p.m.
Shores of Amerikay: How Archbishop John J. Hughes and the Sisters of Charity of New York Met the Needs of Ireland’s Famine Refugees – A Presentation by Turlough McConnell

Saturday, June 10
Connecticut Open House Day

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

Tuesday, May 9 5 p.m.
Quinnipiac University Harp Recital

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

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

Thursday, February 23 5 p.m.
The Irish on Elizabeth I: Queen or Conqueror – A Lecture by Dr. Brendan Kane

Tuesday, February 7 3 p.m.
Docent Information Session

Sunday, February 5 11 a.m.
Yours Faithfully, Florence Burke – Lecture and book signing by Ellen Alden


December 4 1 to 5 p.m.
An Irish Christmas Event at Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum

October 28 Friday 8 p.m.
Famine Folio Launch at Glucksman House, New York University

September 29 Thursday 4 p.m.
Reframing 1916: Documentary and Panel Discussion

September 15 Thursday 5 p.m.
An Evening with Helena Byrne, Irish Storyteller

September 8 Thursday 4 p.m.
The Quakers and Irish Famine Relief: A Lecture by William J. Duffney

June 23 Thursday 2 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Famnesia? Famine in Irish Literature at the Great Hunger’s Centenary – A lecture by Dr. Bryce Evans

April 4 Monday 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Twinsome Minds: Recovering 1916 in Images and Stories 

March 3 Thursday 5:30 p.m.
“The Bad Times” book launch and signing by Christine Kinealy and John Walsh 

February 15 Monday noon to 3 p.m.
Children’s Craft Activities 

February 11 Thursday 3 p.m.
Connecticut and The Great Hunger: A Lecture by Neil Hogan 

January 21 Thursday 5:30 p.m.
In the Lion’s Den: A Lecture by Niamh O’Sullivan 

January 20 Wednesday 3 p.m.
Macdonald Exhibition Tour 


December 5 Saturday 4 p.m.
Waterbury Irish: From the Emerald Isle to the Brass City
A Lecture and book signing by Janet Maher

November 12 Thursday 5:30 p.m.
The Irish Bridget:  Irish Immigrant Women in Domestic Service in America
A lecture by Margaret Lynch-Brennan

October 18 Sunday 12:00 p.m.
Artist Talk: Margaret Lyster Chamberlain

October 14 Wednesday 5:30 p.m.
Famine Folios Second Series Launch 

September 12 Saturday 7 p.m.
Larry Kirwan in Concert

August 25 Tuesday 1 to 4 p.m.
Genealogy Lecture and Workshop

June 13 Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Connecticut Open House Day

April 23 Thursday 6 p.m.
Celtic Duo – Ringrose & Freeman 

April 7 Tuesday 3 p.m. & 6 p.m.
Emigration Road

March 17 Tuesday 11 a.m.
Tea Service at Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum

March 17 Tuesday 1 to 5 p.m.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum 

February 16 Monday 2 p.m.
Children’s Art Activity

January 29 Thursday 5:30 p.m.
Lecture and musical performance by George Sprengelmeyer, associate chair of the department of visual and performing arts and associate professor of music at Quinnipiac University

January 22 Thursday 4 p.m.
WQUN Shades of Ireland Tea and Tour Presentation 



December 11 Thursday 5:30 p.m.
Celebration of an Irish Christmas 

December 9 Tuesday 5:30 p.m.
Private Event – CBC Project Team Award Winner Spotlight

October 28 Tuesday 3 to 5 p.m.
Famine Folios: A Symposium

October 2 Thursday 5:30 p.m.
Lecture by Mary Kelly, author of “Ireland’s Great Famine in Irish-American History: Enshrining a Fateful Memory”

September 13 Saturday 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
“The Uneven Failure of Entitlement and the End of Outrage: The Great Famine and its Legacy in County Donegal” A lecture by Breandán Mac Suibhne

August 5 Tuesday 6 p.m.
Film Screening of “The Minnitts of Anabeg” with Director Alan Brown

July 18 Friday 3 p.m.
Genealogy 101

June 14 Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Connecticut Open House Day 

June 15 Sunday 3 p.m.
International Festival of Arts and Ideas – Gallery Tour of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum with Executive Director Grace Brady 

June 12 Thursday 5:30 p.m.
“Light of the Diddicoy” Book Signing 

May 1 Thursday 5:30 p.m.
Forgotten Heroes: Ireland’s WWI Soldiers a lecture and book signing by author Tom Phelan 

April 5 Saturday 1:00 p.m.
The Magic and Music of Ireland

April 3 Thursday 5:30 p.m.  (rescheduled from February 13 due to snow)
“… ‘It is not an everyday matter to see a nation starving’: Captain Robert Bennet Forbes and the 1847 Voyage of the USS Jamestown to Cork, Ireland.” A lecture by Professor Catherine B. Shannon.

March 27 Thursday 5:30 p.m.
Musical Performance by The Kerry Boys

March 20 Thursday 5:30 p.m.
“Famine Echoes” A one-hour dramatic reading of what ordinary men and women told their descendants about Ireland’s Great Hunger

March 17 Monday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum 

March 8 Saturday 10:00 a.m.
Children’s Art Activity

January 30 Thursday 5:30 p.m.
Orphan Train Riders: A presentation by Tom Riley


December 3 Tuesday 6:30 p.m.
Charity and the Great Hunger in Ireland: The Kindness of Strangers

November 14 Thursday 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
“The Great Irish Famine and the invention of modern journalism” a lecture by Michael Foley

November 9 Saturday 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
The Magic and Music of Ireland

November 7 Thursday 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
The People’s Poet: A Tribute to Seamus Heaney

October 29 Tuesday 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Lecture by Sinead McCoole, curator of the Jackie Clarke Collection in County Mayo, Ireland

October 12 Saturday 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum’s One-Year Anniversary Celebration

September 22 Sunday 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Performance by Irish Musician Declan O’Rourke

September 19th Thursday 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Quinnipiac Univeristy Student Night at the Museum

June 6th Thursday 5:30 p.m.
“A Labor of Love: Private Charity during the Great Hunger,” a lecture by historian Christine Kinealy

May 17 Friday 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
“Exploring the Legacies of the Great Hunger: The Cultural, Spiritual, Psychological and Political Consequences for Today’s Ireland from Centuries of Colonization”A symposium with Dr. Christine Kinealy and Dr. Garrett O’Connor hosted by Quinnipiac University

May 9 Thursday 5:30 p.m.
Lecture and Book Signing by Christopher Conway

May 2 Thursday 5:30 p.m.
“A Labor of Love: Private Charity during the Great Hunger,” a lecture by historian Christine Kinealy

April 18 Thursday 5:30 p.m.
Lecture and Book Signing by Tim Pat Coogan, Author of “The Famine Plot”

March 28 Thursday 5:00 p.m.
Reading by Irish Poet Desmond Egan

March 14Thursday 5:30 p.m.
Musical performance by Irish and American Folk Artist Danny Quinn

March 3 Sunday 2:00 p.m.
Lecture on Connecticut’s Irish Regiment During the Civil War at the New Haven Museum

February 7 Thursday 5:30 p.m.
Lecture and Book Signing by John Kelly, Author of “The Graves are Walking”

January 24 Thursday 5:30 p.m.
Fiddle performance by Marie Reilly

January 22 Tuesday 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Business After Hours

January 1st–4 Tuesday–Friday 10 p.m.
Broadcast Blighted Nation


November 8 Thursday 6 p.m.
Lecture An Gorta Mór and ‘The Dismal Science’ of Political Economy