Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum In Hamden

It was a great weekend of St. Patrick’s Day parades all over the state and, today, there was a chance to honor the artistry of the Irish.

A new museum off the campus of Quinnipiac University in Hamden takes a serious look at what the Irish have overcome.

Only a year and a half old, “Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum” uses Irish art to tell the story of the suffering of a nation as a result of the great famine in the mid 1800’s.

The potato famine lead to more than a million deaths and caused over two million Irish to flee their homeland.

This St. Patrick’s Day, the museum’s mission is both to reflect and celebrate.

“The mission of the museum is twofold, one is to educate about the great hunger, to  get all the facts out,” said, Grace Brady, the museum’s executive director, “the other part is to showcase first-rate Irish art.”

The museum is usually closed on Mondays but opened on St. Patrick’s Day so visitors could see the original Irish art.

To find out more click www.ighm.org

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