A look at Irish history

HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A lot of folks are celebrating St. Patrick’s day today, but did you know that many of those with Irish decent living in the US came over during a great potato famine?

Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University in Hamden shows us the moving artwork depicting that historic time. The new exhibition at the museum is “In the Lion’s Den. Daniel McDonald. Ireland and Empire.

The main painting in that exhibition is called ‘Irish Peasant discovering the blight of their store. It depicts a family discovering that their potato crop is rotten. Grace Brady, Executive Director of the museum says it is the only known painting painted during the famine depicting the famine scene of discovering blight.

“In Connecticut itself, it amazes me how many people from Irish decent are in Connecticut…on the shoreline in New Haven.” said Brady.

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