Scene in Connemara  Oil on canvas. 1828. Photo by Frank Poole.  James Arthur O'Connor Copyright Frank Poole 2012

Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum

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Overview

The world’s largest collection of Great Hunger-related art

Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University investigates the Famine and its impact through art. The museum interprets the Famine visually, allowing artists — both those contemporaneous with the Great Hunger and those working today — to explore the impact of the loss of life, the leeching of the land, and the erosions of language and culture. Through its display of outstanding historical and contemporary images, layers of history are peeled back, to uncover aspects of the Famine indecipherable by other means.

Interior of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University. Photographer Robert Benson.

Images summon the past, and can sometimes be a form of evidence that events written about took place. But they do more. 

The artwork in the museum, by some of the most eminent Irish and Irish-American artists of the past 170 years, such as Daniel Macdonald, James Mahony, Lilian Davidson, Margaret Allen, Howard Helmick, James Brenan, Paul Henry, Jack B. Yeats, William Crozier, Hughie O’Donoghue, Brian Maguire, Micheal Farrell, Glenna Goodacre, Rowan Gillespie, John Behan and Alanna O’Kelly, fulfill one of the obligations of memory — they honor the dead.

“The Irish Famine of 1845 to 1852 was the greatest social calamity, in terms of morality and suffering, that Ireland has ever experienced.”
Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland

Top image: Scene in Connemara, James Arthur O’Connor

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Black '47

Micheal Farrell

Featured Exhibition

Featured Exhibition


Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger

The world’s largest collection of Famine-related art will be on view in Ireland for the first time when Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University sends its acclaimed collection to Dublin, Skibbereen, and Derry in 2018-2019. The exhibition, Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger, is a major cultural, educational and tourist event, worthy of local, national and international interest.