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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

Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum presents a lecture by Breandán Mac Suibhne, associate professor of history at Centenary College, of New Jersey.  Mac Suibhne will probe Donegal’s peculiar experience in the Famine, explaining why poor agricultural districts did not lose the same proportion of population as ostensibly similarly circumstanced districts elsewhere in the west of Ireland.

Mac Suibhne is a historian of society and culture in 18th and 19th century Ireland. He is a founding editor (with the critic Seamus Deane) of Field Day Review, a journal of political and literary culture. Mac Suibhne is a graduate of University College Dublin and Carnegie Mellon University.

The 4 p.m. lecture is now full. A second lecture will be offered at 6 p.m.

This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited. Please register by calling 203-582-6500 or email

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”

Join us at Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum for a lecture by Mary Kelly, professor of history at Franklin Pierce University. Kelly will present a lecture based on her newly published book, “Ireland’s Great Famine in Irish-American History.” A graduate of National University of Ireland, Galway and Syracuse University, Kelly’s research interests include Irish Famine remembrance, the Boston Irish in the mid-19th century, and a variety of topics related to Irish-American religion, politics and intellectual history. She teaches widely in American cultural, ethnic, intellectual, immigrant and gender history, in addition to foundational offerings in Modern Ireland and Europe.  Kelly is also the author of “The Shamrock and the Lily: The New York Irish and the Creation of a Transatlantic Identity” published in 2005. Books will be available for purchase at this event.

This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited. Please register by calling 203-582-6500 or email

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

Four major scholars, Luke Gibbons, Christine Kinealy, Catherine Marshall and Niamh O’Sullivan, were commissioned by Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University to write essays based on various aspects of the Famine in Ireland. The four essays, the first in a continuing series, will be released on October 28th.

Famine Folios will allow the authors to expand upon their essays in an event open to the public. The symposium also will include a presentation of the Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum database of pictorial news documents. The event will be moderated by Richard Kearney, Seelig Professor of Philosophy, Boston College.

Mark your calendars, and watch your email for more information about this event!