University to open “Great Hunger” museum

Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn., is opening the largest collection of visual art, artifacts and printed materials related to the Irish famine of the mid-19th century.

“This is the only museum anywhere in the world dedicated to Irish art on the Great Hunger,” University President John Lahey told the Hartford Currant. “There is nothing like this in Ireland. The educational piece is that this was an avoidable tragedy.”

The 4,750-square-foot “Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum,” opens to the public Oct. 11.

Here’s the museum’s website.