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National Famine Commemoration Day 

The National Famine Commemoration Day ( Lá Cuimhneacháin Náisiúnta an Ghorta Mhóir) is an annual observance in Ireland commemorating the Great Famine on the 3rd Sunday in May.  The commemoration is held in a different place each year, rotating among the four provinces of Ireland that had been affect by the famine.


A local commemoration was held  on May 21st 2023 at Marine Hospital & Quarantine Station Staten Island, New York,  where Irish immigrants were led as the exited the famine ships. Please join us on a walk back in time as we retrace the steps of your Irish ancestors on land and water during the years of The Great Hunger. 


Using historical facts and images, Lynn Rogers (Friends of Abandoned Cemeteries of Staten Island - FACSI)  and Loretto Leary walked you back in time on this inaugural “Famine Walk” to help paint a clearer picture of the Irish Famine emigrant experience in America.

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IGHM of Fairfield and Quinnipiac University Partnership Continues to Make Important Progress

We thank the many people and organizations who have shared with us their support and deep affinity for the beloved collection of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum and the new museum we’re working together to establish in Fairfield. Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum of Fairfield, Inc. (IGHMF) and Quinnipiac University continue to work in close collaboration on the preservation and future display of the IGHM collection. (Read More)

Ireland's Great Hunger Museum of Fairfield and Quinnipiac University Exhibition  Sept 16-Oct 17

We are delighted to announce that after two long years of being behind closed doors, Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum of Fairfield and Quinnipiac University will present the exhibition, “An Gorta Mór: Selections from the Collection of Ireland's Great Hunger Museum,” from Sept. 17- Oct. 16 at the Fairfield Museum and History, Center, 370 Beach Road. (Read More)

Ryan Mahoney Joins Team at
Ireland's Great Hunger
Museum of Fairfield, INC.

Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum of Fairfield, Inc., established by members of the Gaelic-American Club in Fairfield, CT, is excited to announce that longtime museum professional Ryan Mahoney will be joining the association as an advisor. (Read More)

IGHMF President John Foley will attend The Third Big Irish Campfire

The Big Irish Campfire takes place August 19, 2022 on the campus of Irish America’s University, Iona College and will reflect on the current state of play for the Irish American community and aim to shape its future. (Read More)

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IGHMF needs your support

Ireland's Great Hunger Museum of Fairfield is a work in progress and needs your support to see it to completion.  You can help IGHMF along this journey by making a donation and by volunteering your time. ​Please visit the IGHMF Donation Page

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