Thomas Toohey of the Irish Ancestral Research Association to lecture July 18

Thomas Toohey
Thomas Toohey

June 12, 2014 - Thomas Toohey of the Irish Ancestral Research Association will present "Irish Genealogy 101: Six Steps to Find Your Ancestral Home" at 3 p.m. on Friday, July 18 in the Mancheski Executive Seminar Room of the Lender School of Business Center on the Mount Carmel Campus.

Toohey, who has studied genealogy since the 1990s, will present an animated explanation of the classic steps of Irish genealogy during the program sponsored by Ireland's Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University.

Toohey holds a master's degree from the University of Hartford and a bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. A member of the Chelmsford Genealogy Club in Massachusetts, Toohey was a teacher for 40 years, and has done many presentations as an adjunct professor, educational consultant and guest lecturer.

This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited, and reservations are required. Reserve your space by visiting www.ighm.org or by calling 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 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.