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Famine Folios

Famine Folios

Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University publishes a series of booklets called Famine Folios, a unique resource for students, scholars and researchers, as well as general readers, covering many aspects of the Famine in Ireland from 1845–1852 — the worst demographic catastrophe of 19th-century Europe. The essays are interdisciplinary in nature, and make available new research in Famine studies by internationally established scholars in history, art history, cultural theory, philosophy, media history, political economy, literature and music.

This publications initiative was 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 pamphlets are produced to the highest level, beautifully illustrated with works from the museum and related collections. It ensures that audiences have access to the latest scholarship as it pertains to both the historical and contemporary dimensions of the collection.

All publications are available to purchase online:


2017: Series 4

“Twinsome Minds: An Act of Double Remembrance” by Richard Kearney and Sheila Gallagher

“Ultimate Witnesses: The Visual Culture of Death, Burial and Mourning in Famine Ireland” by Niamh Ann Kelly

“Subjects Lacking Words? The Gray Zone of the Great Famine” by Breandán Mac Suibhne

2016: Series 3

“Voices Underfoot: Memory, Forgetting, and Oral Verbal Art” by Angela Bourke

“Death by Discourse? Political Economy and the Great Irish Famine” by Tadhg Foley

“Grim Bastilles of Despair: The Poor Law Union Workhouses in Ireland” by Paschal Mahoney

“Across the Western Ocean: Songs of Leaving and Arriving” by Mick Moloney (includes CD)

“Leaves of Hungry Grass: Poetry and Ireland’s Great Hunger” by Vincent Woods


2015: Series 2

"Notice to Quit: The Great Famine Evictions" by L. Perry Curtis Jr.

"Death in Every Paragraph: Journalism and the Great Irish Famine" by Michael Foley

"'I Mbéal an Bháis': The Great Famine and the Language Shift in Nineteenth-Century Ireland" by Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh

"Black Roads: The Famine in Irish Literature" by Robert Smart

2014: Series 1

"Limits of the Visible: Representing the Great Hunger" by Luke Gibbons

"Apparitions of Death and Disease: The Great Hunger in Ireland" by Christine Kinealy

"Monuments, Memorials and Visualizations of the Great Famine in Ireland" by Catherine Marshall

"The Tombs of a Departed Race: Illustrations of Ireland’s Great Hunger" by Niamh O’Sullivan 


Other Museum Publications

"Coming  Home: Art and the Great Hunger" edited by Niamh O'Sullivan. Contributions by Ciarán Reilly, Laurence Geary, Breandán Mac Suibhne, and Niamh O'Sullivan (2018)

"In the Lion’s Den: Daniel Macdonald, Ireland and Empire" by Niamh O’Sullivan (2016)

"The Bigger Picture: Jack B. Yeats’ Derrynane" by Niamh O’Sullivan (2014)

"A Guide to Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum: Músaem an Ghorta Mhóir" (2012)