Film screening of 'The Minnitts of Anabeg' Aug. 5

Clarice L. Buckman Theater

June 16, 2014 - Ireland's Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University will present a screening of "The Minnitts of Anabeg" with director Alan Brown at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 5, at the Clarice L. Buckman Theater on the Mount Carmel Campus, 275 Mount Carmel Ave. 

This film tells the true story of the lives of the Minnitt family from Tipperary who owned more than 1,000 acres of land at Anabeg House in Nenagh during the Great Hunger. Frank McGrath plays Joshua Minnitt, an English justice of the peace, disinherited by his father after marrying a Catholic girl. He works to save a community and to save his own family. Made in 2012, the film won the Best Screenwriting Award at the Irish International Film Festival (2012). Following the screening, Brown will discuss the making of the film. 

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by visiting www.ighm.org. For more information, call 203-582-6500.

Ireland's Great Hunger Museum is home to the world's largest collection of visual art, artifacts and printed materials relating to the Irish Famine. The museum preserves, builds and presents its art collection in order to stimulate reflection, inspire imagination and advance awareness of Ireland's Great Hunger and its long aftermath on both sides of the Atlantic.

The collection focuses on the famine years from 1845-52, when blight destroyed virtually all of Ireland's potato crops for consecutive years. The crop destruction, coupled with British governmental indifference to the plight of the Irish, who at the time were part of the United Kingdom, resulted in the deaths of more than 1 million Irish men, women and children and the emigration of more than 2 million to nations around the world. This tragedy occurred even though there was more than adequate food in the country to feed its starving populace. Exports of food and livestock from Ireland actually increased during the years of the Great Hunger.

Works by noted contemporary Irish artists are featured at the museum including internationally known sculptors John Behan, Rowan Gillespie and Éamonn O'Doherty; as well as contemporary visual artists, Robert Ballagh, Alanna O'Kelly, Brian Maguire and Hughie O'Donoghue. Featured paintings include several important 19th and 20th‐century works by artists such as James Brenan, Daniel MacDonald, James Arthur O'Connor and Jack B. Yeats.

The museum is open Wednesdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursdays 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sundays 1-5 p.m.