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Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum sets course for Fairfield

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Tracy Sweeney
Ireland's Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University
"Leaving VI" by Tracy Sweeney

After months of uncertainty, Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum has found a new home in Fairfield.

Quinnipiac University’s decision to permanently close the 9-year-old museum in August met public outcry at home and abroad, and prompted a still-pending inquiry by the State Attorney General’s Office. Nevertheless, earlier this month the university announced a plan to move the collection to a new space, to be created by the Gaelic-American Club in Fairfield.

This hour, we hear more about the collection and plans for its move from the newly-formed group, Ireland's Great Hunger Museum of Fairfield, Inc., led by John Foley and Amy O'Shea. Foley is the current vice-president of Fairfield's Gaelic-American Club.

Plus, we talk with two of the contemporary Irish artists who are featured in the collection. Tracy Sweeney is a visual artist based in County Mayo, and Kieran Tuohey is a sculptor based in County Galway.


  • John Foley: President, Ireland's Great Hunger Museum of Fairfield, Inc.; Vice President, Gaelic-American Club
  • Amy O'Shea: Vice President, Ireland's Great Hunger Museum of Fairfield, Inc.
  • Ryan Mahoney: Project Manager, Springfield Museums; Volunteer Advisor, Ireland's Great Hunger Museum of Fairfield, Inc.
  • Kieran Tuohey: Sculptor
  • Tracy Sweeney: Visual Artist

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