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November 10, 2017

Mahoney tapped to lead QU's Irish famine museum

Former Irish American Heritage Museum head Ryan D. Mahoney is the new executive director of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University, university officials announced Thursday.

Mahoney, executive director of the Albany, N.Y.-based Irish American Heritage Museum since 2013, replaces Grace Brady, who left earlier this year.

“We are so pleased to have Ryan Mahoney join us,” QU Vice President for Public Affairs Lynn Bushnell said in a statement. “His leadership skills and deep understanding of the purpose of our museum bring a distinctive perspective that will enable the museum to flourish and deliver on its mission of educating the public about the Great Hunger and the magnitude of the disaster on Ireland and its people.”

Before taking the helm at the Albany museum, Mahoney was curator/director of collections and historic sites at the Schenectady County Historical Society. He has served as a national board member of the Irish American Cultural Institute and was named an Irish Top 40 Under 40 by the Irish Echo newspaper in 2016.

The museum at 3011 Whitney Ave. in Hamden is noted for its large  collection of visual art and printed materials relating to the Irish Famine of 1845-52.

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