Museum to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day March 17 with tea and soda bread

Event at the museum
Visitors gather for an event at Ireland's Great Hunger Museum
Feb. 20, 2014Ireland's Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University, home to the world's largest collection of visual art, artifacts and printed materials relating to the Irish Famine, will open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, March 17, in celebration of St. Patrick's Day. A tea service with soda bread will be served to all museum visitors from 1-3 p.m. 

Everyone who visits the museum in March will receive a complimentary copy of the book, "Celebrating 250 Years of the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade."

For more information, visit www.ighm.org or call 203-582-6500.

Ireland's Great Hunger 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 Eamonn 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.