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Major famine exhibits for Skibbereen

December 17th, 2017 7:15 AM

By Jackie Keogh

The famine exhibition is travelling from the US.

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AN EXHIBITION featuring the world’s greatest collection of famine-related art is to be showcased in Skibbereen.

The exhibition entitled Coming Home: Art and the Great Hunger will be shown at the Uillinn West Cork Arts Centre from July to October 2018.

The exhibition is to travel from the Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University, which is located in Connecticut in the US.

The Minister of State at the Department of Health, Jim Daly TD, appealed to people from all over West Cork to take the opportunity to view the exhibition, which can justifiably claim to be the greatest collection of famine-related art in the world. 

He said the exhibition will be ‘immense importance’ because the Great Famine is an integral part of our society, and is synonymous with the town of Skibbereen.’

Deputy Daly pointed out that the Great Hunger Museum was founded by the president of Quinnipiac University, Irish-American John Lahey, who is also chairman of the St Patrick’s Day Parade committee in New York city.

It will be the first time that the museum will bring its unique collection of visual art, sculpture, and other materials, to Ireland and will include discussions and debate.

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