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Introduction

Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, is sending its acclaimed art collection to Ireland in 2018. The works will go to Dublin Castle and Skibbereen—diametric epicenters of the Great Famine (1845-52)— as well as Derry, for the exhibition Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger. The museum’s collection, the only one of its kind in the world, constitutes an incomparable direct link to the past of almost 6.5 million Irish and 40 million Irish-American people.

The death and dispersion of 2 million people, followed by a further 2 million emigrations to the end of the century, makes the exhibition an important gesture of cultural reconnection. The Irish diaspora defines Ireland’s place in the world today. The impact of the Famine is still with its descendants—both at home and abroad.

A photo of a sculpture entitled "The Victim" by artist Rowan Gillespie

The Victim

Rowan Gillespie

This major undertaking aims to strengthen the deep cultural connection between Ireland and its diaspora by showcasing the world’s largest collection of Great Hunger-related art never before exhibited on Irish soil. Please join with us in making this powerful artistic, cultural and educational endeavor a memorable one.

Visit the Exhibition

8 March - 30 June 2018

Dublin Castle - The Coach House
Dame St
Dublin 2
Ireland
dublincastle.ie

Open daily
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Highlights Tour - every Tuesday at 1 pm
Family Tour - every Sunday at 11 am (excluding June 10)
Space is limited for these tours, and they are first-come, first-serve.

20 July - 13 October 2018

Uillinn: West Cork Arts Centre
Skibbereen
Co. Cork
Ireland
P81 VW98
t: +353 28 22090
e: info@westcorkartscentre.com
westcorkartscentre.com

Open Monday to Saturday
10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

18 January - 16 March 2019

Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin
An tSeaneaglais (Glassworks)

37 Mórshráid Shéamais
Derry, BT48 7DF
Northern Ireland
t: +44 2871 264132
e: eolas@culturlann.org
culturlann-doire.ie

Open Tuesday to Saturday
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Painting

The painting entitled "The Finishing Touch" by artist James Brenan

The Finishing Touch

James Brenan

Art and the Artists

Through the museum’s collection, layers of history are peeled back to uncover aspects of the story indecipherable by other means. Above all, the artworks stand proud as powerful, reflective and inspirational expressions of who the Irish once were, and how they became the people they are today—each piece chosen for its quality as art.

Fifty pieces of art have traveled from Quinnipiac University to Ireland to create this exhibition.

Gallery of Exhibition Art

Painting

Painting of an Irish countryside landscape entitled "Derrynane" by artist Jack B. Yeats

Derrynane

Jack B. Yeats

Programming

Schedule of Events


Upcoming


Saturday, 19 May 2018

National Drawing Day: Sketching the 19th Century
Coach House, Dublin Castle, noon
Tickets: free

For National Drawing Day, be inspired by the art and architecture of the 19th century, and by the temporary exhibition Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger. Follow this tour and sketch your own masterpieces along the way. Materials provided.

This event is sponsored by the Office of Public Works and is suitable for all ages. Registration is required.

Monday, 21 May 2018

Green Fields of America Concert
Printworks Building, Dublin Castle, 7 p.m.
Tickets:
€15

2018 marks the 40th anniversary of The Green Fields of America. The group formed in 1978 in Philadelphia, and is led by musician and folklorist Mick Moloney. The band has toured some of Irish America's finest musicians and dancers. The Green Fields of America was the first group on either side of the Atlantic to bring together Irish vocal, instrumental, and dance traditions on the concert and festival stage. The group has played such venues as Carnegie Hall, Wolf Trap, The Smithsonian Institution, The Festival of American Folk life (now the Smithsonian Folk life Festival), the Milwaukee Irish Fest, and The National Folk Festival.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Exhibition Tour
Coach House, Dublin Castle, 1 p.m.
Tickets:
€5

Join Assistant Director of Ireland's Great Hunger Museum, and Project Manager for the Coming Home exhibition, Claire Puzarne, for a lunchtime tour of the exhibition. This exclusive tour will take place on May 22nd at 1pm.

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Exhibition Tour
Coach House, Dublin Castle, 5 p.m.
Tickets:
€5

Join Assistant Director of Ireland's Great Hunger Museum, and Project Manager for the Coming Home exhibition, Claire Puzarne, for an after hours tour of the exhibition. This exclusive tour will take place on May 24th at 5 p.m.  

Sunday, 27 May 2018

Family Tour of  'Coming Home' with Marita Conlon McKenna
Coach House, Dublin Castle, 11 a.m.
Tickets: 5 euro per family of four

This event is waiting list only. Visit ifidublin.com for more information.

Reading Workshop with Marita Conlon McKenna
Bedford Hall, Dublin Castle, 3 p.m.
Tickets: 4-8 euros

As part of the International Literature Festival, Dublin, a children’s reading workshop and Family Tour with Marita Conlon McKenna will be held at Dublin Castle. Marita Conlon McKenna is an Award-winning Irish writer of adult and children’s fiction. Her book Under the Hawthorn Tree is Ireland’s top-selling children’s book, and is the first in her trilogy of Famine books for young readers.

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Margaret Allen Lecture
Poddle Room, Printworks Building, Dublin Castle, 5 p.m.
Tickets: free

A lecture by Derville Murphy on 19th Century artist Margaret Allen will be held on June 14th, 2018 at 5 p.m. Margaret Allen's "Bad News in Troubled Times" is part of the Coming Home exhibition. Derville Murphy is a practicing Irish artist, architect and art historian.

Saturday, 16 June 2018

Family Activity: Painted Places
Coach House, Dublin Castle, noon
Tickets: free

Inspired by the temporary exhibition Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger, discover many ways in which artists have portrayed the west of Ireland and create your own Irish landscape artwork.

This event is sponsored by the Office of Public Works and is suitable for families with children aged six and over. Registration is required.

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Famine Reflections - Christine Kinealy
President's Room, Dublin Castle, 11 a.m.
Tickets: free

Christine Kinealy will give a lecture entitled “Frederick Douglass and Ireland — a transatlantic view of poverty and oppression” as part of the Famine Reflections speaker series. Christine Kinealy is an Irish historian, author, and founding director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute at Quinnipiac University.

This event is sponsored by Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum and the Office of Public Works.

This event is sold out.

Please check back often as more programs are posted.

Past Events


Thursday, 15 March 2018

Artist’s Panel
Coach House, Dublin Castle, 5 p.m. and Chester Beatty Library, 6 p.m.
Tickets: €7

An artist’s panel featuring four of the artists represented in the exhibition will be held on 15th March, 2018 as part of Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Day Festival. An optional tour of the exhibition at Dublin Castle’s Coach House, led by Claire Puzarne, assistant director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum, will begin at 5 p.m.

The panel will take place at 6 p.m., and will be held at the Chester Beatty Library. Artists Rowan Gillespie, Bobby Ballagh, Brian Maguire, and Geraldine O’Reilly will discuss their works (on view in Coming Home) with Sheila Pratschke, the Chair of Arts Council, moderating the discussion.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Irish Premier of 'The Hunger Times' and 'Black '47'
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Dublin  2, 8 p.m.
Tickets: €9.50  

Screening of ‘The Hunger Times’ (15 minutes), followed by ‘Black ’47’ (95 minutes).

Exploring the legacy of the Great Irish Famine and its relevance in a modern context, 'The Hunger Times' is a short film aimed at 10-13 year olds, produced by Tile Media. This is the first time that a Famine story has been told on film through the eyes of children. Filmed on location in Ireland and United States, the film was commissioned through an open competition by Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum (IGHM) at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, USA. It was funded by The Ireland Funds.

‘Black ‘47’ is a new major motion picture directed by Lance Daly. Set in Ireland during the Great Famine, the drama follows an Irish Ranger who has been fighting for the British Army abroad, as he abandons his post to reunite with his family. Despite experiencing the horrors of war, he is shocked by the famine’s destruction of his homeland and the brutalization of his homeland and the brutalization of his people and his family.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Famine Reflections - Laurence Geary
Poddle Room, Printworks Building, Dublin Castle, 11 a.m.
Tickets: free

A lecture by Laurence Geary, entitled “'The Living Were Out of Their Feeling': A Socio-Cultural Analysis of the Great Famine in Ireland," will be presented as part of the Famine Reflections speaker series. Laurence Geary is a researcher of the political and social history of nineteenth-century Ireland. His essay “‘Frightful and fearful is the havoc around me’: The Great Famine in Cork City and County” is featured in the “Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger” catalogue.

This event is sponsored by Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum and the Office of Public Works. Advanced registration is requested.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

William Crozier Tour
Irish Museum of Modern Art, 6 p.m.
Tickets: free

Sean Kissane, curator at the Irish Museum of Modern Art will give a tour of the exhibition William Crozier: The Edge of the Landscape at IMMA at 6 p.m. on March 28th, 2018. Crozier’s work is also featured in Coming Home. The tour will be followed by a wine reception hosted by Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum.

Thursday, 29 March 2018

Tour with the Curator
Coach House, Dublin Castle, 1 p.m.
Tickets: €5

Niamh O’Sullivan, curator of Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger, will lead a tour of the exhibition on March 29th and May 9th, 2018 at 1 p.m. in the Coach House at Dublin Castle. Niamh O’Sullivan is Professor Emeritus of Visual Culture at the National College of Art and Design.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

The Great Famine in Word and Song
Notre Dame Dublin  Gateway, O'Connell House, 58 Merrion Square, Dublin, 6 p.m.
Tickets: free. registration required.  

The Great Famine in Word and Song will feature readings, poetry and song relating to the impact of the Famine on Irish people and their cultural heritage. Topics range from contemporary experience of the disaster to more recent reflections on the catastrophe, and poems about the power of song to console and reshape the culture. Performers will include award-winning actors, musicians, writers and poets:  Barry McGovern, Catriona Ní Mhurchú, Brian and Diarmuid Mac Gloin (of Ye Vagabonds), and Moya Cannon.

Convenor: Catherine Marshall

This programme, followed by a reception, is co-sponsored by the Notre Dame Dublin Gateway.

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Famine Reflections - Ciarán Reilly
Gothic Room, Dublin Castle, 11 a.m.
Tickets: free

Ciarán Reilly will give a lecture entitled “Murder and the Great Famine” as part of the Famine Reflections speaker series.  Ciarán Reilly is one of Ireland’s leading researchers in the area of the Great Irish Famine and Ireland’s historic houses and estates. His essay “Feasting in a Time of Famine: Dublin Castle & the Great Hunger” is featured in the “Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger” catalogue.

This event is sponsored by Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum and the Office of Public Works. Advanced registration is requested.

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Specialised Tour of "Coming Home"
Coach House, Dublin Castle, noon
Tickets: free

An insight into what life was like in Dublin Castle at the time of the Great Famine, and an exploration of the famine-related art in our temporary exhibition “Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger."  

This event is sponsored by The Office of Public Works. Advanced registration is required.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Famine Reflections - Luke Gibbons
Bedford Hall, Dublin Castle, 11 a.m.
Tickets: free

Luke Gibbons will present a lecture titled "The Matter of Memory: The Great Famine, 1916 and Redemption of the Past" as part of the Famine Reflections speaker series Dr. Luke Gibbons recently published “Joyce’s Ghost: Ireland, Modernism, and Memory.” 

This event is sponsored by Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum and the Office of Public Works.

This event is sold out.

Tour with the Curator
Coach House, Dublin Castle, 1 p.m.
Tickets: €5

Niamh O’Sullivan, curator of Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger, will lead a tour of the exhibition on March 29th and May 9th, 2018 at 1 p.m. in the Coach House at Dublin Castle. Niamh O’Sullivan is Professor Emeritus of Visual Culture at the National College of Art and Design.

This event is sold out.

Educational Resources

The Hunger Times

Exploring the legacy of the Great Irish Famine and its relevance in a modern context, The Hunger Times is a short film aimed at children between the ages of 10 and 13, produced by Tile Media. This is the first time that a Famine story has been told on film through the eyes of children. Filmed on location in Ireland and the United States, the film was commissioned through an open competition by Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum (IGHM) at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, USA. It was funded by The Ireland Funds.

Educational materials

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Scoilnet – The Department of Education and Skills portal for Irish education. Scoilnet has produced curriculum-related digital resources to support Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger.

Free presentations and worksheets related to the exhibition are available at Scoilnet’s website:

School visits

To book for a school visit, please e-mail DublinCastleEducation@opw.ie, indicating your preferred date and time and the number of students in your class.

Support Us

Support the exhibition


Make a donation

To support this major endeavor, please contact:

Ryan Mahoney
Executive Director
ryan.mahoney@qu.edu
203-582-6573
ighm.org

Adopt an Artwork

Fifty pieces from Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum’s collection will be making the journey to Ireland for the Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger exhibition. To assist with professional fine art shipping costs, as well as any conservation needs, the museum has created an Adopt an Artwork program to connect prospective donors with specific and tangible needs. 

As part of the adoption process, participants will receive many benefits, including a print of the piece suitable for framing, an invitation to the collection send-off party, and a credit line on the gallery label giving recognition to the adoptive sponsor throughout the exhibition’s run in Ireland. 

Thank you to the following donors who have supported the exhibition by adopting atwork:

  • Rainbow’s End – Barry, Jaclyn and Bailey Bestle
  • Cottages, West of Ireland – Lynn Bushnell
  • Lest we Forget – O’Herron Family Foundation
  • Gorta – Barry, Jaclyn and Bailey Bestle
  • Irish Peasant Children – Doug James and Kay Mollick
  • The Irish Piper - George and Monica Dunn
  • A Young Man’s Troubles – Whyte’s
  • Connemara Woman – Patricia Vitanza  
  • The Victim – The Ryan Family
  • Feeding Chickens – George Waldron
  • Scene in Connemara – Katie and Michael Regan
  • Returning from an Irish Funeral – Lev and Ivan Nussberg
  • The Irish Mother – Alan and Wendy Puzarne
  • The Farewell – Janet Corcoran and Francis John Dwyer III
  • Famine Funeral – Terrance Kenneally
  • The Vigil – Lev and Ivan Nussberg
  • Famine - Jean Husted and Becca Main  

Our Partners

Exhibition Venues

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Office of Public Works logo

Erected in the early thirteenth century on the site of a Viking settlement, Dublin Castle served for centuries as the headquarters of English, and later British, administration in Ireland. In 1922, following Ireland’s independence, Dublin Castle was handed over to the new Irish government. It is now a major government complex and a key tourist attraction. Dublin Castle is administered by the Office of Public Works. The OPW's aim is to maintain a high standard in managing and conserving Ireland’s buildings and heritage. For more information visit dublincastle.ie.

West Cork Arts Centre logo

West Cork Arts Centre was established in 1985 in Skibbereen, Co. Cork. It is a publicly funded arts facility that creates opportunities for the people of West Cork to have access to, and engagement with, local and global arts practice of excellence. It supports a multi-disciplinary arts programme with a focus on contemporary visual art . It is a resource and development agency, providing expertise and physical and human resources to assist artists, other arts organisations, groups and individuals to realise arts projects. It is committed to exploring new and innovative ways of combating the challenges facing audience development and participation, and the development of opportunities for artists, especially in relation to those located in rural communities. For more information visit westcorkartscentre.com.

Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin logo

Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin is Derry’s primary Irish language, arts and cultural organization. Established in 1984, the organization is now one of the most dynamic, innovative and award-winning Irish language organizations anywhere in the country, delivering a range of cultural initiatives.

Our Sponsors

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade logo
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The mission of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is to serve the Irish people, promote their values and advance their prosperity and interests abroad, and to provide the Government with the capabilities, analysis and influence to ensure that Ireland derives the maximum benefit from all areas of its external engagement. The Irish Government Emigrant Support Programme is focused on supporting cultural, community and heritage projects that foster a vibrant sense of Irish community and identity.

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht logo

The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht oversees the protection and presentation of Ireland’s heritage and cultural assets. Our goals are to promote and protect Ireland’s heritage and culture, to advance the use of the Irish language, and to support the sustainable development of the islands. The Department funds a number of State Bodies and Agencies with responsibilities relating to various aspects of the Department’s remit and works with these bodies and agencies to ensure a co-ordinated approach to fulfilling the Department’s mandate.

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The Ireland Funds is a global philanthropic network established in 1976 to promote and support peace, culture, education and community development throughout the island of Ireland, and Irish-related causes around the world. With chapters in 12 countries, The Ireland Funds has raised over $550 million for deserving causes in Ireland and beyond, benefiting more than 3,000 different organizations.

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For over a half century FIP Construction has earned the trust and confidence of our clients by providing the highest level of professional service to meet project challenges and to exceed performance expectations. Effective communication, creative solutions and core philosophy of living up to our commitments drive the skilled FIP project teams’ performance in the delivery of complex and sophisticated facilities for the healthcare, industrial and commercial marketplaces. The entire FIP organization focuses on our clients’ needs and the implementation of our proven process to create predictable results.

Morgan O'Driscoll logo

Morgan O’Driscoll is one of Ireland’s premier specialist art auction houses and is delighted to be associated with Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum’s exhibition in Ireland.

Kenny Gallery logo

Situated in the heart of Galway, Kennys was established in 1940 by Des & Maureen Kenny. Kennys has a renowned stock of books on Irish history, culture, literature and language, as well as a comprehensive selection of non-Irish material that covers all aspects of the human experience.

Merrion Hotel logo

The Merrion Hotel occupies one of the finest, most beautifully restored and best located Georgian buildings in Dublin City Center.

Cork County Council logo

County Cork is renowned for the quality and intrinsic value of its Arts and Heritage. Cork County Council through its Arts Office and its Heritage Unit, has for many years been offering a range of different services to ensure the promotion and enjoyment of the arts and protection of the people, places and cultural activities that make County Cork what it is today.

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The Arts Council of Ireland is the Irish government agency for developing the arts. We work in partnership with artists, arts organisations, public policy makers and others to build a central place for the arts in Irish life.

Media Partners

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Each year, RTÉ supports many local and national arts events throughout Ireland through media partnerships and widespread cultural content on Radio 1, 2fm, lyric fm, Raidio na Gaeltachta, RTÉ One and Two, across RTÉ.ie, and via RTÉ Orchestras, Quartet and Choirs.

Cultural Collaborators

St. Patrick's Festival Dublin logo
West Cork Literary Festival logo
Skibbereen Heritage Centre logo
Skibbereen Arts Festival logo
2018 European Year of Cultural Heritage logo
Notre Dame Dublin Global Gateway logo
Irish Film Institute logo
International Literature Festival Dublin logo

Contact Us

Contact us

Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger is curated by:

Niamh O’Sullivan
Professor Emerita of Visual Culture (National College of Art and Design)
Curator of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum
+353 (0)876879348
nosullivan18@gmail.com

Media inquiries should be directed to:

Niamh Mongey
Stillwater Communications
+353 (0)1 6770630
niamh@stillwater.ie

General inquiries should be directed to:

Claire Puzarne
Assistant Director and Project Manager
Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger
Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum
+001 203-582-6574
claire.puzarne@qu.edu

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