Monday, November 13, 2017

Ireland's Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University names new leader

Quinnipiac University announced in a release that Ireland's Great Hunger Museum has a new executive director: Ryan D. Mahoney.

Mahoney comes to Quinnipiac "from Albany, New York, where he was executive director of the Irish American Heritage Museum since 2013. Before that,

he was curator/director of collections and historic sites at the Schenectady County Historical Society," the release sais.
 Mahoney earned a dual bachelor's degree in history and political science from St. John Fisher College and a master’s degree in public history from the University at Albany, the release said. "He has served as a national board member of the Irish American Cultural Institute, as well as a board member of the United Irish Societies of the Capital District. He also has been active with the Ancient Order of Hibernians and Albany St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee. In 2016 Mahoney was named an Irish Top 40 Under 40 by the Irish Echo."

At the museum - Helen Bennett

“I could not be happier, or more honored, to join the team at Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University," he said in the release. "The commitment of this university to the preservation and sharing of Irish history and culture, especially related to the Great Hunger, is truly amazing.  I look forward to helping this museum take its next steps toward a bright future.”

Mahoney  is "originally from Indian Lake, New York, and raised in the Adirondack Mountains, Mahoney has a huge passion for the outdoors. In his spare time, he often will be hiking, kayaking or biking."
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