Curator to discuss impact of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University

HAMDEN – Niamh O’Sullivan, founding curator of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University, will discuss the museum’s impact, its first five years and its plan for future exhibitions when she kicks off the museum’s celebration of its fifth anniversary on Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 6 p.m. at the museum, 3011 Whitney Ave.

The lecture is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Go to to register.

A reception will follow the lecture at 6:45 p.m. Guests to this lecture are asked to bring canned foods to be donated to the Connecticut Food Bank.

O’Sullivan holds a PhD from the University College Dublin and a master’s degree from the University College London. She also is professor emeritus of Visual Culture at the National College of Art and Design in Ireland.

Formerly head of education at the National Gallery of Ireland, she curated “The Eyes of a Child” (National Gallery of Ireland, 1979) and the first retrospective exhibitions of Aloysius O’Kelly (Hugh Lane, 2000), and Daniel Macdonald (IGHM, 2016).

Among her various accomplishments, O’Sullivan is also an award-winning scholar. Her publications include “Aloysius O’Kelly: Art, Nation, Empire” (2010), “The Tombs of a Departed Race: Illustrations of Ireland’s Great Hunger” (2014) and “In the Lion’s Den: Daniel Macdonald, Ireland and Empire” (2016).

Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University 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 to stimulate reflection, inspire imagination and advance awareness of Ireland’s Great Hunger and its long aftermath on both sides of the Atlantic.

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 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1-5 p.m. Museum admission is free.

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