Archive for May, 2021

The Finnegan Clan

Finnegan is an Irish surname coming from the Gaelic Ó Fionnagáin, meaning “son of fair-haired.” James Joyce immortalized the name for all time in his 1939 novel Finnegans Wake. But literary giants aside, Finnegan is one of the most recognizable Irish surnames of our times. The Finnegan clan’s ties to America have only bound more tightlyRead more..

Football for Good
Walk on Weekend

Walk on Weekend June 5 – 6, 2021 The Celtic FC Foundation’s Walk On Weekend will take place on Saturday, June 5 and Sunday, June 6, and we are encouraging supporters to get involved and take on a distance of their choice, no matter where they are in the world. Among those taking part areRead more..

Teaching the Great Hunger in the United States

Professor Maureen Murphy developed the New York State Great Hunger Curriculum and is historian of The Hunger Memorial in New York City. She reflects on teaching the Irish Famine, the Hunger Memorial, and the role of women such as Asenath Nicolson in alleviating hunger and homelessness in the past and present. Please join us for aRead more..

The “Woke” General
Who Launched Memorial Day

By Ray Cavanaugh Tracing the origins of Memorial Day can become rather convoluted. After all, about two-dozen U.S. communities claim to have held the first such commemoration. On a less contested level, Gen. John A. Logan was the man who established an official day to honor military persons who made the ultimate sacrifice. Born onRead more..

From Ireland: Politics, Health, Security, and Recognition

By Deaglán de Bréadún Certainty is always a rare commodity in Irish politics but it has rarely been so scarce as it is these days. Like many other places, we don’t know for sure how things are going to pan out in the immediate future, to say nothing of the longer term. North of theRead more..

Sharing the Tradition:
Irish Munnix Dance Workshops

National Folk Theatre of Ireland Training Academy Centuries ago in Ireland, dancing teachers would tour the land, teaching people the steps involved in jigs, reels, and hornpipes. They would pass on these traditions by dancing beside their students, step by rhythmic step.  Now, thanks to the internet, you can learn from today’s dance masters inRead more..

Speakeasy Jazz Night

Thursday, May 27 at 7:30 pm The New York Irish Center happily opens its door to its first in-person, public event since before COVID-19. It welcomes in the Josh Marcum Trio for an evening of jazz, in celebration of New York City and Long Island City, Queens. These Long Island City-based jazz musicians will playRead more..

Radicals and Widows:
Revolutionary Irish Women in America

Tuesday, May 25th at 7:30 pm EST The Irish Cultural Centre of New England presents Radicals and Widows: Revolutionary Irish Women in America, an online Zoom lecture with Dr. Elizabeth Stack, the Executive Director of the Irish American Heritage Museum in Albany, NY. This lecture will focus on some of the radical women who visitedRead more..

The Man Who
Wanted to Fly

A New York Film Premiere The Irish Repertory Theatre presents a free virtual film premiere of The Man Who Wanted to Fly with three opportunities to watch the film on Tuesday, May 25th and Wednesday, May 26th. Directed by Frank Shouldice Produced by Trisha Canning & Cormac Hargaden of Loosehorse Productions The Man Who WantedRead more..

Strokestown Famine Orphans
in Quebec and New York

Strokestown Famine Orphans in Quebec and New York recalls the harrowing journeys of children from rural Roscommon such as Edward Neary, Patrick and Thomas Quinn, and Daniel and Catherine Tighe who crossed the Atlantic in some of the worst coffin ships in 1847 to start new lives in Canada and the United States. Their descendants recount theirRead more..