News from Executive Director


Fall 2014

Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University recently published Famine Folios, a unique resource for students, scholars and researchers, as well as general readers. Famine Folios covers many aspects of the Famine in Ireland from 1845-52––the worst demographic catastrophe of 19th-century Europe.

The essays are highly visual and interdisciplinary in nature, and they make available new research in Famine studies by internationally established scholars in history, art history, cultural theory, media history, political economy, literature and music.

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This publications initiative is devised to augment the museum experience and is part of the museum’s commitment to making its collection accessible to audiences of all ages and levels of educational interest.

The folios are beautifully illustrated with works from the museum and related collections, ensuring that audiences have access to the latest scholarship as it pertains to both the historical and contemporary dimensions of the collection.

The following folios are the first in a continuing series and are currently available for purchase:
Luke Gibbons, “Limits of the Visible: Representing the Great Hunger”
Christine Kinealy, “Apparitions of Death and Disease: The Great Hunger in Ireland”
Catherine Marshall, “Monuments, Memorials and Visualizations of the Great Famine in Ireland”
Niamh O’Sullivan, “The Tombs of a Departed Race: Illustrations of Ireland’s Great Hunger”

The cost of each folio is $15; if you purchase a set of four, the cost is $55. Stop by the museum or visit to purchase the folios.

These forthcoming titles are under way as part of the Famine Folios series:
L. Perry Curtis, Jr., “Notice to Quit: The Great Famine Evictions”
Michael Foley, “Read All About It”: Newspapers and the Great Hunger”
Mick Moloney, “Across the Western Ocean: Songs of Leaving and Arriving” (including CD)
Gearoid Ó Tuathaigh, “I mBéal an Bháis”: The Great Famine and the Language Shift in nineteenth-century Ireland”
Robert Smart, “Black Roads: Famine in Irish Literature”

Future titles include:
Angela Bourke, “Telling of Hunger: Memory, Forgetting, and Oral Verbal Art” (2016)
Tadhg Foley, “An Angel of Death?: Political Economy and the Great Irish Famine” (2016)
Richard Kearney, “Famine, Trauma and Recovery” (2016)
Fintan O’Toole, “The Map of It on Your Face: The Great Hunger and the American Imagination” (2016)
Vincent Woods, “The Piper in the Snow: Poems of the Great Hunger” (2016)

Thank you for your continued support and interest in the museum. Your support has accomplished a great deal in two years, and we continue to further our mission because of our friends and donors. To offer your support, please visit the museum website to complete our online giving form or mail a check payable to “Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum” to:

Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum
3011 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518-0198

Wishing you and your families a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Grace Brady
Executive Director