Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD spoke on Tuesday night at Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, at the opening of its Múseam An Ghorta Mór – Ireland’s Great hunger Museum. The Louth TD called on the Irish government to “follow the lead of this US university and establish a similar dedicated project in a University or universities in Ireland. Such a project would help bring greater clarity and understanding to a dark period in Irish history.”
The Sinn Féin leader said:
“This is a significant and invaluable new addition to the efforts of academics and historians and others to tell and understand the history of Ireland and in particular the tragedy of An Gorta Mór.
This museum will provide a unique, informative and gripping account of one of the darkest times in the shaping of modern Ireland and of the Irish diaspora. I want to commend President Lahey and everyone involved at Quinnipiac for the creation of this amazing and impressive project.
It has grown enormously in breadth and depth since my last visit several years ago. The educational and research materials will provide an essential resource for anyone wanting to understand the scale of the human disaster that struck Ireland in 1845.
Hopefully this wonderful project will not only inform those who visit it about the situation in Ireland in the past but will encourage everyone to care about the future and in particular about those countries in the developing world where starvation is a way of life and death for poor people.
The museum is also a wonderful platform for the Irish visual arts. Quinnipiac university, under the leadership of its President John Lahey, has gathered a very unique sample of the work of some of Ireland finest artists.”