St. Patrick’s Festival aims to strengthen the deep cultural connection between Ireland and its diaspora by showcasing the world’s largest collection of Famine-related art never before exhibited on Irish soil.
In a unique celebration of St. Patrick’s Festival, Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, is sending its acclaimed art collection to Ireland in March 2018. The works will go to Dublin Castle, West Cork Arts Centre in Skibbereen, and Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin in 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 Great Hunger has had a significant impact on Ireland’s history, land, politics, culture, character and relations with others. This exhibition documents the scale of the Famine, the horror of it, how it permeated and changed Ireland and its diaspora irrevocably.
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.
Join us in making this powerful artistic, cultural and educational endeavour a memorable one.