March 8 Saturday 10:00am
Children’s Art Activity
Children between the ages of 6 and 14 are invited to visit Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum on Saturday, March 8. This event, designed specifically for children, includes an art activity focusing on the importance of emigration from Ireland throughout the 19th century. Children will be introduced to James Brenan’s painting The Finishing Touch (1876) which focuses on the great poverty of Ireland that carried on through the 19th century. Children will then enjoy decorating their “traveling box” as did the local sign-writer in Brenan’s painting.
We request a $5 donation from each family to help supplement the cost of art materials.
Space is limited to 15 children. Limited to 3 children per family. A parent must be present in the museum during the event. Advance reservations are required. Please reserve your spot online by clicking here or by calling 203-582-6500.
March 17 Monday 10:00am to 5:00pm
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum
Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum will be open on Monday, March 17th from 10 am to 5 pm in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.
A special tea-service will be provided in the galleries on a drop-in basis from 1 to 3 pm. Enjoy listening to Irish music while sipping tea and snacking on soda bread.
During the month of March, all visitors to the museum will receive a complimentary copy of the book “Celebrating 250 Years of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade.”
March 20 Thursday 5:30pm
“Famine Echoes” A one-hour dramatic reading of what ordinary men and women told their descendants about Ireland’s Great Hunger
In the 1940s, the Irish Folklore Commission conducted interviews with thousands of elderly people around Ireland who remembered what they themselves had heard from ancestors who had survived the Famine. Their stories were collected and edited by Cathal Póirtéir, social historian and RTE news producer, for the book Famine Echoes in 1995.
Quinnipiac University professors who are also professional actors Brooks Appelbaum, Moira Malone, and Andrew Scott will be directed by Janensch for this dramatic reading at the museum. The dramatic reading covers all aspects of the Great Hunger – including the onslaught of the potato blight, starvation, diseases, disposition of the dead, crime, workhouses, soup kitchens, evictions and emigration.
Thank you to Cathal Póirtéir and the National Folklore Collection, University College Dublin for permission to use this material.
This performance is free and open to the public. This performance is SOLD OUT.
March 27 Thursday 5:30pm
Musical Performance by The Kerry Boys
The Kerry Boys are Connecticut’s favorite Irish balladeers and have been performing together for more than 23 years, dazzling fans of all ages from Maine to New York. Their show will have you clapping and singing along to their wide collection of traditional and original Irish/Celtic songs. Pierce Campbell, CT’s official State Troubadour for 2007/08, will be joined by Paul Neri on banjo.
Tickets for this performance are $15 and must be purchased in advance. This performance is SOLD OUT.
April 3 Thursday 5:30pm (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.
Catherine Shannon, Emerita Professor of History at Westfield State University, will present a lecture on the remarkable story of the voyage of the USS Jamestown, which left Boston on March 28, 1847, loaded with more than 800 tons of provisions and supplies for the starving people of Ireland in the darkest months of “Black 47.” The lecture will describe Captain Forbes’ efforts to ensure that the supplies reached the Irish people in the most efficient and fastest way possible, and his reactions to what he witnessed in Ireland upon arrival there.
This lecture is free and open to the public. This lecture is SOLD OUT.
April 5 Saturday 1:00pm
The Magic and Music of Ireland
Join Tom and Debbie O’Carroll for a repeat performance of their show The Magic and Music of Ireland. The performance introduces children to the many different aspects of Irish culture. They use music, songs, poetry, stories, props, costumes, and traditional Irish stage music to delight and captivate young audiences with the enchantments of the Emerald Isle.
This program is suitable for children aged 3 to 9. All children must be accompanied by an adult. This event is sold out.
May 1 Thursday 5:30pm
Forgotten Heroes: Ireland’s WWI Soldiers a lecture and book signing by author Tom Phelan
Almost a quarter of a million Irish men joined the British army and fought in World War I, and more than 35,000 thousand died. In Mountmellick, the small village where Tom Phelan grew up, it was said that nearly every house in the town had someone in the trenches. Fifty-five local men died in the war.
Tom Phelan will discuss the many reasons Irish men joined the British army to fight in the war, the conditions they faced in the trenches and the reception they received when they returned home to an Ireland where the political landscape had been transformed.
Phelan’s talk will be illustrated with selections from his novel, “The Canal Bridge.” Set in Ireland and France during World War I, “The Canal Bridge” tells the story of two Irish soldiers and the lovers and families they leave behind as they struggle to survive the slaughterhouse that was Europe from 1914 to 1918.