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Ireland 2016 in the USA

The 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising will have particular resonance in the United States. Five of the seven signatories to the Proclamation of Independence spent periods of time in the U.S. that significantly influenced their thinking and actions. The U.S. is the only foreign country specifically mentioned in the Proclamation; it has the greatest concentration of our Diaspora; and the contemporary ties are of extraordinary depth and breadth. Whilst the anniversary will be particularly significant for the 33.3 million U.S. residents who claim Irish ancestry, the narrative of the Rising also resonates with a broader American public who hold dear the principles of freedom, independence and self-determination.


The Embassy of Ireland in Washington D.C. and our six Consulates General in Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, New York & San Francisco, working with a wide range of local partners, have developed a rich and inclusive programme of commemorative and celebratory events right across the United States throughout the centenary year. The defining character of the year’s events will be to present modern twenty first century Ireland - with 1916 as the point of departure, the emphasis will be on the 100 year journey and the point of arrival, as well as setting our compass for the future.

An outline of fully confirmed events by geographic area follows below. New events are being added regularly so check back for further updates.

Culture Ireland, the body responsible for promoting Irish arts worldwide, has also developed a programme of international artistic events, entitled “I am Ireland” to commemorate the centenary. Full details are available on the I am Ireland website and individual events will be incorporated into the regional calendars below as details regarding performance dates and venues become available.

Are you organising an event? If so, let us know!

Washington D.C., the Nation’s Capital

Ireland 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts and Culture 

The centrepiece of the commemorative events in the USA will be a three-week Irish arts festival from 17 May to 5 June 2016 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC. ‘Ireland 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts and Culture’ will showcase the best of traditional and contemporary Ireland across the full range of the arts, including theatre, literature, music and dance. The festival programme was launched by the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny TD, during his St Patrick’s Day visit to Washington, DC in March 2015.

Visit the Kennedy Center website for more information about the festival.

February 12, 2016: Áine Phillips: “Performance Art in Ireland”

Aine Phillips looks at the evolving practice and challenges of writing and researching Irish performance art and how this informs new art historical studies of contemporary performance and live art, both nationally and internationally. Part of Culture Ireland’s I Am Ireland programme. Maryland Institute College of Art, 1300 West Mt. Royal Ave., Baltimore, 12.00 noon. Part of Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

February 18, 2016: Security Challenges in a Changing World: Where Ireland Fits into a Coordinated Multilateral Response

Part of the Irish Network-DC / Embassy of Ireland 1916 Centenary Speaker Series sponsored by KPMG, Europol Senior Representative and former Garda Commissioner Patrick Byrne will talk about Ireland’s role in modern national and international security. Dupont Circle Hotel, 1500 New Hampshire Avenue NW, 6.30 p.m.

February-December 2016: Irish Network-DC and the Embassy of Ireland 1916 Centenary Speaker Series sponsored by KPMG

Irish Network DC, in association with the Embassy of Ireland and with the support of KPMG is organising a series of lectures around the themes of remembering the past, reflecting on Ireland’s 100 year journey since 1916, and re-imagining our future. Further details will be announced on Irish Network DC’s website.

March 3-6, 2016: 2016 Capital Irish Film Festival

One hundred years after the Rising, Solas Nua’s 10th Annual Capital Irish Film Festival asks the question “What does it mean to be Irish?” and explores the issue of Irish identity through the best of contemporary Irish film—live action features, documentaries, animations and shorts, as well as discussions with the film makers. E Street Cinema, 555 11th Street NW. Part of Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

March 10, 2016: Conversation on The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero

Author Timothy Egan in conversation on his latest book The Immortal Irishman, which covers the life of Irish revolutionary Thomas Francis Meagher, who escaped from a Tasmanian prison colony, joined a brigade in the American Civil War and served as territorial governor of Montana. Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Avenue NW, 7.00 p.m.

March 10-May 27, 2016: “Sworn to be Free: Irish Nationalism, 1860-1921”

To mark the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising, the University Libraries at Catholic University present this exhibit, which spotlights artifacts and documents from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries related to the many threads of Irish nationalism preserved in the libraries’ collections. Opening reception, with a celebration of Irish culture, on March 10, 5-7.00 p.m, open to the public. Mullen Library, 620 Michigan Avenue, NE.

March 14, 2016: The Shadow of a Gunman

Staged reading of the classic Sean O’Casey tragicomedy about a case of mistaken identity regarding a building tenant who is thought to be an IRA assassin. Directed by Dr. Patrick Tuite, chair of the Catholic University drama department. This reading is “pay what you can”. Busboys and Poets, 625 Monroe Street, NE, 6.00 p.m.

March 15, 2016: Lost Revolution? The Abbey Rebels of Easter 1916

The first in a three-part lecture series sponsored by the Irish studies faculty at Catholic University, featuring Queen’s University, Belfast historian Fearghal McGarry. Reception to follow. McMahon Hall 201, 620 Michigan Avenue, NE, 6.00 p.m.

March 17, 2016: Solas Nua’s Irish Book Day

A celebration of contemporary Irish fiction and poetry that will include distribution of thousands of copies of Solas Nua’s annual compilation book. Partnering with legendary Irish literary magazine The Stinging Fly, writers in this year’s compendium examines the state of the Republic today, responding to the Proclamation of Independence and the story of the Rising. Part of Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

March 17, 2016: St. Patrick’s Day Reception and Discussion with Ambassador Kevin O’Malley

United States Ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’Malley speaks about the evolving relationship between Ireland and the United States in a reception with Irish Network DC. RSVP required. The University Club of Washington, DC, 1135 16th Street NW, 5.30-7.30 p.m.

March 18, 2016: Celtic Crossings Concert

A night of Irish music presented by Father Mychal Judge, O.F.M. AOH Division, featuring Phil Coulter, Andy Cooney and Geraldine Branagan. Forest Park High School, Woodbridge, VA 8.00 p.m.

March 21, 2016: Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching to the Somme

This play by Frank McGuiness and directed by Matt Ripa of Doorway Arts follows a group of Irish volunteers from joining up until their deaths on the fields of France during World War I. This staged reading is “pay what you can”. Callan Theatre, 620 Michigan Avenue, NE, 7.30 p.m.

March 24, 2016: Éirí Amach na Cásca 1916

Let’s Learn Irish hosts a special class, as Gaeilge, where discussion and learning will circle around the 1916 Easter Rising. Chevy Chase Pavilion, 5335 Wisconsin Avenue NW.

March 24, 2016: “America and the Rising” lecture

Professor Joe Lee, Professor of Irish Studies, Glucksman Chair of Irish History and Director of Glucksman Ireland House at New York University, offers a lecture into the connections between Ireland and America, the only foreign country mentioned in the 1916 Proclamation. Part of Irish Network DC’s 1916 Centenary Speaker Series. The University Club, 1135 16th St. NW, 6.00-8.30pm.

March 28, 2016: Chancers

Staged ready of Robert Massey’s Chancers. Part of Solas Nua’s Rising programme. Kelly’s Irish Times, 14 F Street NW, 7.00 p.m.

March 28, 2016: Centenary Mass

A mass to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, the Irish American Club of Washington, DC, the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Emerald Police Society of Washington, DC. St. Aloysius Church, 19 Eye Street NW, 12.00 noon.

March 28, 2016: Mass for Intention of Irish Commemorations

Celebrated by Father Hurley, State Chaplain for the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Washington, for the special intention of 1916 commemorations. St. Matthew’s Cathedral, 1275 Rhode Island Avenue NW, 12.10 p.m.

March 29, 2016: Timothy Meagher, Irish-American Involvement in Nationalist Politics in Ireland, 1916-1923

Catholic University of America professor Timothy Meagher will give a talk at Georgetown University on Irish-American involvement in nationalist politics around the time of the 1916 Rising and the creation of the Irish Free State. Murray Room of Lauinger Library, 6.30pm.

March 31, 2016: Yeats and Kipling: Easter 1912, 1914, 1916

The second in a three-part lecture series sponsored by the Irish studies faculty at Catholic University, featuring Queen’s University, Belfast literary critic Fran Bearton. Reception to follow. McMahon Hall 201, 620 Michigan Avenue, NE, 6.00 p.m.

April 7, 2016: Dr. Eunan O’Halpin, “The Dead of the Irish Revolution and the Role of the Intelligence Services in Ireland 1916-1921”

Irish Network DC, in collaboration with the Trinity College Mid-Atlantic Alumni Network, will host a talk by Trinity Professor of Contemporary Irish History Eunan O’Halpin on the part the intelligence services played in the years between the 1916 Rising and the establishment of the Irish Free State. Dupont Circle Hotel, 1500 New Hampshire Avenue NW. Reception 6.30-7.00 p.m., lecture 7.00-7.45 p.m., question and answer period 7.45-8.00 p.m.

April 7, 2016: Irish American Nationalism and the Emergence of an Independent Ireland: 1900 to 1923

The third in a three-part lecture series sponsored by the Irish studies faculty at Catholic University, featuring historian and CUA professor Timothy Meagher. Reception to follow. McMahon Hall 201, 620 Michigan Avenue, NE, 6.00 p.m.

April 8, 2016: Jan Carson Reading and Discussion

As art of Solas Nua’s Rising programme, Belfast-based writer Jan Carson will read from her newest work in progress, a novel set in today’s East Belfast that explores the life of a young man in Northern Ireland in 2016. More details to follow.

April 10, 2016: The 1916 Easter Rising: The Causes, Events and Consequence

The Ancient Order of Hibernians Maryland State Historian J. Allen Byrne will present a lecture examining the causes and events leading up to the Rising from an Irish, British and American perspective, as well as the Rising’s influence on Irish history in the 100 years since. C. Burr Artz Public Library, 110 East Patrick Street, Frederick, MD, 2.00-4.30 p.m.

April 16, 2016: Maryland Ancient Order of Hibernians Evening of Irish Culture, Music and History

In conjunction with the Maryland Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Maryland Ladies’ AOH. Immaculate Conception Auditorium, 200 Ware Ave., Towson. 6.30-10.30 p.m.

April 17, 2016: 1916 Easter Rising Centenary Remembrance

Commemorative mass followed by brunch. St. Patrick’s Church and Parish Hall, 317 S. Broadway, Baltimore. Mass 12.30 p.m., brunch 2.00 p.m.

April 18, 2016: The Rising of the Moon

Part of Solas Nua’s Rising programme. Staged reading of The Rising of the Moon by Lady Gregory. Kelly’s Irish Times, 14 F Street, NW, 7.00 p.m.

April 23, 2016: Dinner Dance for the 100th Anniversary of the Easter Rising

Knights of Columbus Council 5547 hosts a dinner and dance in recognition of the 100th Anniversary of the Easter Rising. $25 ticket includes dinner, beer/wine, and entertainment by the Sean Fleming Band. 9450 Cherry Hill Road, College Park, MD, 6.30-11.00 p.m.

April 24, 2016: 100 Years: "A Commemoration of the Easter Rising" through Dance

The O'Neill James School of Irish Dance will hold a commemoration of the 1916 Easter Rising through dance, performing outside (location to be determined). Irish dancing schools from across the Washington area are invited to take part in the event, which will last approximately one hour. More details to follow. Contact the O'Neill James School at adcrg@aol.com for more information.

April 25, 2016: 1916: The Irish Rebellion Screening—E Street Cinema

The Embassy, together with Solas Nua and the Notre Dame Club of Washington DC, will present 2 screenings of the new Liam Neeson-narrated documentary, an initiative of the Keough-Naughton Institute of Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame. This landmark documentary tells the dramatic story of the events of Easter Week 1916 and features new archival footage, segments filmed on-location worldwide, interviews with leading international experts and a new in-depth look into the role of Irish America in the lead-up to the Rebellion. Registration required, walk ins cannot be accommodated. E Street Cinema, 555 11th Street.

April 26, 2016: We Banjo 3 in concert

This award-winning quartet from Galway delivers a ground breaking mixture of Irish Music and Old Time American and Bluegrass influences. Part of Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme. The Hamilton, 600 14th St. NW, doors 6.30 p.m., show 7.30 p.m. Part of Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

April 27, 2016: Restoration of Robert Emmet Statue Park

Robert Emmet, an admirer of George Washington and the American struggle for independence, led an effort to restore independence for Ireland in 1803. His actions motivated future generations and served as inspiration for the 1916 Easter Rising. And his words, particularly the famous “Speech from the Dock,” gave courage to future generations who sought an independent and democratic future.

The Emmet statue was commissioned by the Smithsonian in 1912, funded by a group of Irish Americans, completed in 1916 by sculptor Jerome Connor, and installed in the Smithsonian’s U.S. National Museum in 1917. President Woodrow Wilson spoke at the dedication ceremony, which was attended by many dignitaries. On the 50th anniversary of these events, in April 1966, the Smithsonian lent the Emmet statue to a small National Park Service site near the Irish Embassy and it was rededicated. To mark the concurrent centenaries of the National Park Service, the 1916 Easter Rising, and the Emmet statue, the National Park Service is undertaking a major refurbishment of the park site this Spring, and re-dedication event organised by the Embassy of Ireland, the National Parks Service, the Smithsonian Institution, the Ancient Order of Hibernians and the Irish American Unity Conference will take place at 12 noon on April 27th.

April 28, 2016: 1916 Easter Rising Commemoration through Music and Poetry

A commemoration in poetry and song to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising, with special guests including National Book Award winner Alice McDermott, award-winning poet Terence Patrick Winch and professors and singers from throughout the region. Co-sponsored by the Catholic University Irish Studies Program and the O'Neill-Malcom Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. April 20, The Lab Theatre (enter downstairs from Callan Theatre), Catholic University, 7.30-9.30 p.m. For further information please contact: oriordan@cua.edu

April 28-May 15 2016: Wild Sky by Deirdre Kinahan

Part of Solas Nua’s Rising programme. An immersive, site-specific production of Deirdre Kinahan’s Wild Sky, a rich, powerful and moving theatre experience that explores the extraordinary energy and complex events in Ireland in the lead-up to the 1916 Rising.

May 2016: The Stinging Fly—In The Wake of the Rising

Part of Solas Nua’s Rising programme, Declan Meade, founder and global editor of The Stinging Fly, accompanied by two authors who contributed to the special 1916 Rising edition of the magazine, will conduct a series of discussions, readings, workshops and events that respond to the Proclamation of Independence, the story of the Rising, its place in our cultural memory, the current state of Ireland and the horizon it’s aiming for. More details to follow.

May 10, 2016: “A Poet’s Revolt? The 1916 Rising: the Irish Cultural Revival”

Professor PJ Mathews of University College Dublin, co-editor of the "Handbook of the Irish Revival: An Anthology of Irish Cultural and Political Writings 1891-1922”, will discuss the relation between the Irish artistic, cultural and intellectual resurgence and the political movement of the times. Part of Irish Network DC’s 1916 Centenary Speaker Series. Dupont Circle Hotel, 1500 New Hampshire Ave., 6.30-8.00pm.

June 20, 2016: The Cambria

Part of Solas Nua’s Rising programme. Staged reading of The Cambria by Donal O’Kelly. Kelly’s Irish Times, 14 F Street, NW, 7.00 p.m.

June 3-25 2016: Repression-Resurgence-Re-emergence: 100 Years of Repossessing and Re-appropriating Irish Identity

Part of Solas Nua’s Rising programme, ten leading Irish painters explore the cultural landscape in Ireland today, which is rich, diverse and quite different from that of 1916. Who are the Irish in 2016? Opening reception, June 3, 6.00-9.00pm. Hillyer Art Space, 9 Hillyer Court, NW, Washington DC 20008.

August 15, 2016: Bogboy

Part of Solas Nua’s Rising programme. Staged reading of Bogboy by Deirdre Kinahan. Kelly’s Irish Times, 14 F Street, NW, 7.00 p.m.

September 2016: On Triumph and Trauma

Part of Solas Nua’s Rising programme, contemporary dancer Luke Murphy develops bold choreography and a constantly shifting visual environment to poetically explore this critical turning point in Irish history, its nationalism, sacrifice, violence and memory in his newest work, On Triumph and Trauma. More details to follow.

October 2016: Visionaries and their Words

Part of Solas Nua’s Rising programme. Drawing from the writings and words of the 1916 leaders, Lorcan MacMathuna, singer, composer and arranger, interprets the vision of the revolutionaries and explores their legacies and contemporary resonance in a performance of his acclaimed Visionaries and their Words. More details to follow.

Fall 2016: Commemorating 1916 at Georgetown

In the Fall 2016 semester, Georgetown University will host several events to mark the Centenary of the 1916 Rising, including an Irish film series, a poet visit to the Lannan Center, and public lectures on Irish culture.

January 4, 2016: Dr. Lucy McDiarmaid, “Sexuality and Flirtation in 1916”

Columbia Irish Studies Seminar, Columbia Faculty House, 400 W. 117th St., 8 p.m. Donations accepted. Mary.McGlynn@baruch.cuny.edu.

January 8–17, 2016: The Last Hotel produced by Landmark Productions and Wide Open Opera

A new opera by Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh. Presented by St. Ann’s Warehouse with Prototype and Irish Arts Center. 45 Water St., Brooklyn. Part of Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

January 19–31, 2016: The Man in the Woman’s Shoes by Mikel Murfi. Loco and Reckless Productions

Award-winning Irish playwright/performer Mikel Murfi’s one-man show The Man in the Woman’s Shoes follows a few hours in the life of the full-time cobbler, occasional farmer and all-around stand-up guy Pat Farnon as he walks the five miles from his white cottage to his small Irish town and back again. Irish Arts Center, 553. West 51st. St. Part of Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

January 20, 2016: Centenary Commemoration of the Death of Captain Edward O’Meagher Condon

Lecture on the biography of Captain O’Meagher Condon by Bob O’Brien. Commemoration and reception. American Irish Historical Society, 991 Fifth Avenue, 7.00 p.m.

January 23, 2016: Annual Neil Shanahan Educators Seminar

Irish American Heritage and Culture Committee of the NYC Department of Education, American Irish Historical Society, 991 Fifth Avenue, 9AM registration, 10 AM lectures. Amgarvey1@aol.com

January–December 2016: Consulate Historical Lecture Series

In association with New York GAA, the Ancient Order of Hibernians and Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, New York State. This Historical Lecture Series, open to all, will continue throughout 2016, at 345 Park Avenue.

February 4, 2016: “Her Exiled Children”: Poetry in America and the 1916 Easter Rising

Featuring a new poem by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon. Kimmel Center for University Life, Room 914. 60 Washington Square South. Sponsored by Glucksman Ireland House, NYU. 7 p.m. ticketed event.

February 5, 2016: Dr. Terry Byrne, “Strumpet City and the Media Mainstreaming of Irish Social Realism”

Columbia Irish Studies Seminar. Columbia Faculty House, 400 W. 117th St., 8 p.m. Donations accepted. Mary.McGlynn@baruch.cuny.edu.

February 9-10, 2016: Áine Phillips: “Performance Art in Ireland”

Aine Phillips looks at the evolving practice and challenges of writing and researching Irish performance art and how this informs new art historical studies of contemporary performance and live art, both nationally and internationally. Part of Culture Ireland’s I Am Ireland programme. Feb. 9th, Howl! Happening Gallery, 6 East 1st St., 7.00 p.m. Feb. 10th, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, 721 Broadway, 6.00 p.m. Part of Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

February 9-June 12, 2016: “’A terrible beauty is born’: The Easter Rising at 100”

The University of Delaware Library will present an exhibition examining the events and attitudes before and after the events of Easter Week 1916, including the Celtic Revival period, the rise of Irish Nationalism, the Civil War (1922-23) and Irish literature produced in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland during the Troubles. Literary texts, such as a rare first copy of W.B Yeats’ poem “Easter, 1916”, will be on display along political broadsides, manuscripts, letters, periodicals and graphics. On exhibit at the Special Collections Gallery, Morris Library, University of Delaware, 181 South College Avenue, Newark, DE.

February 14, 2016: Friendly Sons of St Patrick, Jersey Shore Communion Breakfast

27th Annual Communion Breakfast in conjunction with the “Road to the Rising” programme, featuring Consul General of New York Barbara Jones as guest speaker. 10.00 a.m. Kevin Dwyer, (732) 223-0798

February 15, 2016: Ulster University Choir at Carnegie Hall

Ulster University Choir will participate in the concert Mozart, Mealor, Martin: Music of Joy and Sorrow alongside the Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International. Carnegie Hall, 7.00 p.m. Part of Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

February 17–20, 2016: LEAR

Featuring New York Downtown dance legend Valda Setterfield, and created by John Scott, artistic director of Dublin-based John Scott Dance. Lear is a timely and tender exploration of aging, loss and regret that gets to the very heart of who we are. New York Live Arts, 219 West 19th Street. Part of Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

February 18, 2016: Larry Kirwan discusses the 100th Anniversary of the Easter Rising

Sponsored by Neumann University, the lead singer of the band Black 47 discusses the centenary of the 1916 Rising. Barnaby’s Restaurant and Pub, 5501 Pennell Road, Media, PA, 7.00pm. Tickets required; email mckenzpj@neumann.edu

February 18 – 20, 2016: Symposium: Irish Language Literature and the History of Ireland (Bilingual format)

Bilingual readings, guest speakers, writing workshops, social gatherings. Music Building, Lehman College, Institute for Irish American Studies, CUNY.

February 24 – March 6, 2016: Camille O’Sullivan in concert

Irish musician, Camille O’Sullivan, returns to the Irish Arts Center with her 3-piece band for 8 encore performances. Irish Arts Center, 553. West 51st Street. Part of Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

February 27, 2016: Irish Film Retrospective

Supported by the Consulate General of Ireland, New York. Screening of a film retrospective of the Easter Rising and its aftermath, including Ryan’s Daughter, Mise Eire, Saoirse?, and Korea. Curated by Conn Mac Aogain. Studio Theatre, Lehman College, 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Deirdre.oboy@lehman.cuny.edu

February-May 2016: Cahoots NI presents Egg

Join three madcap birds on an adventure of a lifetime as they grapple with growing up and giving in to their natural instincts to take flight. This funny, delightful and sometimes bittersweet tale resonates as strongly with adults in the audience as it does with children.

February 21-22: Theatre at Raritan Valley Community College, 118 Lamington Road, Branchburg, NJ.
February 24: Ware Center at Millersville University, 42 North Prince Street, Lancaster, PA.
February 29-March 5: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Clark Studio Theatre, 165 West 65th Street, New York.
May 12-15: EQT Children’s Theater Festival, Trust Arts Education Center, 805-807 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA.

Part of Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

March 1–October 31, 2016: Proclamation led by artist Andrew Duggan

Artist-led project by visual artist Andrew Duggan, Proclamation is a multi-venue exhibition of new lens-based works from Irish artists, from various disciplines, engaging with the centenary of the 1916 Rising, redefining definitions of ‘proclamation’ and what it is ‘to proclaim’. Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street, New York. Part of Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

March 3, 2016: St. Patrick’s Society of Brooklyn, “1916: The New York and Ireland Connection”

Guest speaker John T. Ridge, Irish New York Historian, speaks on the connection between New York and Ireland during the 1916 Rising. The Proclamation will be read and music will be provided by the Brooklyn Bards. A dinner buffet will be provided and proper attire is required. Bay Ridge Manor, 476-76th Street, Brooklyn, NY. 6:30 p.m. Ticketed event - space is limited.

March 4, 2016: Dr. Justin Stover, “The Environmental Impact of the war on the Irish city and landscape”

Columbia Irish Studies Seminar, Columbia Faculty House, 400 W. 117th St., 8 p.m. Donations accepted. Mary.McGlynn@baruch.cuny.edu

March 5, 2016: Casadhan an tSúgáin-Irish-Ireland, Education and Politics: Athbeochan na Gaeilge agus Éirí Amach na Cásca

Panel discussion with keynote by the President of Conradh na Gaeilge, Cóilín Ó Cearrbhail followed by the annual Barra Ó Donnabháin Lecture. Exhibition by Connradh na Gaeilge. Glucksman Ireland House, NYU, 1 Washington Mews, all day. RSVP required.

March 9 & 13, 2016: We Banjo 3 in concert

This award-winning quartet from Galway delivers a ground breaking mixture of Irish Music and Old Time American and Bluegrass influences.

March 9, Club Café, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
March 13, Mountain Stage Radio, West Virginia.
Part of Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

March 10, 2016: Áille na hÁille– A Terrible Beauty

Charlie Lennon and Friends present a performance of a suite of music on the theme of the 1916 Rising. Siena College, New York. Part of Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

March 14–19, 2016: AiR by ARTlifeCULTURE

Representing Irish youth, AiR weaves songs and rhythms from a traditional repertoire through electro-acoustic composition. These are framed by a multi-media installation of Irish natural soundscapes, cinematography, stills photography and youth participants’ expressions inspired by the dramatic personality and natural heritage of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. The David Rubenstein Atrium, Lincoln Center, 61 W 62nd St. Part of Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

March 15, 2016: Lecture by Dr. Anne M. Boylan, “20th Century Ireland—A Family Odyssey”

Dr. Anne M. Boylan, professor of History and Women and Gender Studies at the University of Delaware, will present a lecture on “20th Century Ireland—A Family Odyssey”, with a reception to follow. Morris Library Reading Room, University of Delaware, 181 South College Avenue, Newark, DE, 4.30 p.m.

March 19, 2016: Bay Ridge Commemorations

Bay Ridge, Brooklyn will commemorate the 1916 Rising through the unveiling and dedication of a remembrance stone and a reading of the Proclamation, along with special guest speakers. St. Patrick’s Church Courtyard, 9511 4th Avenue, Brooklyn, 2.00pm.

March 20, 2016: Philadelphia Artists Remember 1916

An exhibition of the work of four Philadelphia artists consists of portraits of Ireland’s historical figures from 1916 and the newly commissioned portrait of Joseph McGarrity, an important Philadelphia connection to the Rising. Actors from the Irish Heritage Theatre will present readings of “Last Words” of the 16 executed leaders, and music will be provided by harpist Mark Carroll. Commodore Barry Club, 6815 Emlen Street, Philadelphia, 2.00 p.m.

March 21, 2016: “To Strike for Freedom!”

Villanova University’s Falvey Library will hold a special commemoration ceremony and celebration of Irish culture, featuring readings and music performed by members of the University’s community. The ceremony opens an exhibit showcasing documents and items held in the Joseph McGarrity collection, exploring the events that influenced the Rising, the resurgence of Irish culture at the turn of the century, Ireland’s involvement in World War I, the events of Easter week and its aftermath. Speaker’s Corner of Falvey Library, 800 Lancaster Avenue, Villanova, PA, 4.00pm. Digitized exhibit available online from March 16.

March 22, 2016: Twinsome Minds: Recovering 1916 in Images and Stories

Through an interplay of storytelling, animation, music and poetry, Twinsome Minds—which takes its title from a phrase in the James Joyce novel Finnegan’s Wake—re-imagines a series of micro-narratives surrounding 1916 in Dublin and on the World War I battlefields of Belgium. Performed by Richard Kearney and Sheila Gallagher, with original music composed and performed by Dana Lyn. Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street, New York, 7.30.

March 23-April 2, 2016: The Seagull and Other Birds presented by Pan Pan Theatre

The Seagull and Other Birds is a reimagining of Anton Chekhov’s comic masterpiece. Pan Pan is the longest-established contemporary theatre company in Ireland. Abron Arts Center, 465 Grand Street, 7.30pm. Part of Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

March 23-September 30, 2016: “The Seed of the People”

Hosted by Ireland’s Great Hunger Institute, this exhibition brings together a number of original documents, including an original copy of the Proclamation and letters, medals and newspapers reflecting how the events of Easter week were received. Opening reception, March 23. The Lender Room, Arnold Bernhard Library, Mount Carmel Campus of Quinnipiac University, 275 Mount Carmel Ave., Hamden, CT.

March 27, 2016: New Haven Gaelic Players present “The Freedom Proclamation”

New Haven Gaelic Players will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Rising with a dramatic reading of “The Freedom Proclamation”, a story of the uprising told by actors portraying the signers of the Proclamation and those who joined them in execution for their deeds. 9 Cenice Place, East Haven, CT.

March 27, 2016: Easter Sunday Commemoration Mass

A mass to commemorate both Easter Sunday and the 1916 Rising, preceded by a reading of the Proclamation and march to church. St. Patrick’s Pro-Cathedral, 91 Washington Street, Newark, NJ. Proclamation reading, Military Park, 51 Park Place.

March 28, 2016: 37th Annual Nassau County Easter Rising Memorial Monument Commemoration

Courthouse Drive behind the Nassau County Court House, 12:00 noon. Reception following the commemoration hosted by the Irish-American Society of Mineola. donalmm@aol.com.

March 29-April 23, 2016: James Connolly: Labor & Dignity in America

An exhibition curated by Professor Marion R. Casey and Daphne Dyer Wolf focusing on the influence James Connolly had on the labor movement in the United States and Ireland, and his leadership in Irish nationalism. New Jersey Historical Society, 52 Park Place, Newark, NJ. Panel discussion and reception, April 7, 6.00pm.

March 29-April 2, 2016: Wild Sky

Wild Sky is a rich, powerful and moving theatre experience that seeks to explore the extraordinary energy and complexity of events in Ireland in the lead up to Easter 1916. Written from a uniquely rural perspective by award-winning playwright Deirdre Kinahan. Irish Arts Center/ Meath County Council 2016 Commission. Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street. Part of Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

March 2016: Launch of an Exhibition and Photo Essay highlighting key figures and their links to 1916

In association with Turlough McConnell Communications with contributions from New York based historians and writers. Consulate General of Ireland, 345 Park Avenue.

April 1, 2016: Wreath-laying at Captain Edward O’Meagher Condon’s gravesite

Calvary Cemetery, Third cemetery, 37, R2, Plot cc, Grave 8. Queen’s Blvd and 52nd St. Woodside, 2 p.m. Edward O’Meagher Condon Commemorative Committee. www.eomcondon.com; RSVP to rpedersen@bryancave.com

April 1, 2016: Dr. Nelson O’Ceallaigh Ritschel, “Socialism in the 1916 Rising”

Columbia University Irish Studies Seminar, Columbia Faculty House, 400 W. 117th St., 8:00 p.m. Donations accepted. Mary.McGlynn@baruch.cuny.edu

April 5, 2016: Dr. Eunan O’Halpin, “The Dead of the Irish Revolution and the Role of the Intelligence Services in Ireland 1916-1921”

The Trinity College New York Alumni Network presents a lecture by Trinity College Professor of Contemporary Irish History, Eunan O’Halpin, on the part the intelligence services played in the years between the 1916 Rising and the establishment of the Irish Free State. Consulate General of Ireland, 345 Park Avenue, 6.30pm.

April 6, 2016: Dr. Eunan O’Halpin, “The Dead of the Irish Revolution and the Role of the Intelligence Services in Ireland 1916-1921”

The Trinity College Philadelphia Alumni Network presents a lecture by Trinity College Professor of Contemporary Irish History, Eunan O’Halpin, on the part the intelligence services played in the years between the 1916 Rising and the establishment of the Irish Free State. In conjunction with the Irish Immigration Center and the Catholic Philopatrian Literary Institute. Stotesbury Mansion, 1923 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, 6:00p.m.

April 6-7, 2016: Mac Pearse I bPictúir - Pearse in Pictures, a collaboration with bi-lingual theatre company Fibín

Written by journalist Harry McGee and artist Dara McGee and produced by Fibin, Ireland’s largest Irish language theatre company. New York Irish Center, 1040 Jackson Avenue #3, Long Island City, April 6th, 2 p.m. and 80 p.m., April 7th, 8 p.m.. jbtmccarter@gmail.com Part of Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

April 6-16, 2016: Camille O’Sullivan in Residence

One of Ireland’s most thrilling musical performers, Camille O’Sullivan will take up residence at the Irish Arts Center for a special encore engagement with pianist Feargal Murray and his band. April 6-9 and 12-16, Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street, 8.00 p.m. Part of Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

April 7-19, 2016: Casadh an tSugain

Bilingual exhibition telling the story of Conradh na Gaeilge up to 1916. On display at the Consulate General of Ireland, 345 Park Avenue #1700, New York, NY.

April 8–24, 2016: A Moon for the Misbegotten

Presented by Waterford-based Theatre Royal Productions in association with Geva Theatre Rochester. The production is a twin city business and culture initiative to celebrate the great Irish-American dramatist, Eugene O’ Neill. The initiative will also have an educational element with the involvement of both Waterford Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College in Rochester. Geva Theatre Center, 75 Woodbury Boulevard, Rochester, New York 14607. Part of Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

April 10, 2016: Women of the 1916 Easter Rising

Presented by the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, this community cultural event honours the brave women involved in the 1916 Rising. Guest speakers include National LAOH President Mary Hogan and Irish Historian for the New York LAOH, Regina Begley. Knights of Columbus Hall, 18 Hallock Drive, Washingtonville, NY. 1.00 p.m.

April 10, 2016: The Irish in New York Walking Tour

A tour of the New York sites associated with the 1916 led by the historian of Irish New York John T. Ridge. More details to follow.

April 11-May 29, 2016: CUALA

The first annual Irish Cultural Festival in New York City, CUALANYC, curated by Susan McKeown, honors the part the city played in the 1916 Rising and features film, literature, music, theatre, history and dance events in cultural venues across the city with artists, musicians and writers such as Saoirse Ronan, Eimear MacBride, Paul Muldoon, Ciaran Hinds, Luan Parle, Mickey Coleman and many more.

April 13, 2016: Charles Cushing Lecture: Robert Monteith and Roger Casement

On the occasion of the centennial celebration of the 1916 Rising, Dr. Charles Cushing will make a presentation on “Casement, Monteith and the Easter Rising.” Captain Robert Monteith was Dr. Cushing’s grandfather. American Irish Historical Society, 991 Fifth Avenue. 6 p.m. RSVP to aihis@aihs.org

April 14, 2016: “The 1916 Rising and its Relation to Newark”

Panel discussion with Fr. Augustine Curley, Alan De Lozier, and Jonathan Curley on the influences and reactions of Newark to the 1916 Rising. New Jersey Historical Society, 52 Park Place, Newark, 6.00pm.

April 14, 2016: Rebels, Romantics & Revolutionaries: The Songs and Stories of the 1916 Easter Rising

A Concert with Dramatic Readings featuring Andy Cooney and Special Guests. St. John’s University, 8000 Utopia Parkway, Jamaica, 7.30pm. browneb@stjohns.edu

April 14–16, 2016: Return to Absence by Arcane Collective

The Irish Arts Center and New York Live Arts present Arcane Collective founded by independent dance artists, Morleigh Steinberg and Oguri. Return to Absence embodies the resonant images and wrought emotions characteristic of Samuel Beckett’s trilogy Molloy, Malone Dies, and The Unnamable. New York Live Arts, 219 West 19th Street. Part of Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

April 15-17, 2016: Pittsburgh Remembers

A public awareness and education project and 3-day weekend of activity – including educational, theatrical and sporting events. Pittsburgh Remembers is organised by a broad-based committee comprising representatives of 20 Irish organisations in the city. Supported by the Consulate General of Ireland, New York.

April 17, 2016: 1916 Ireland and 1916 New York: Paul Van Wie and Charles Howlett

Molloy College Irish Studies Institute. Public Square, Larini Hall, 3 p.m.

April 18, 2016: “The 1916 Rebellion in a Wider Perspective”

Kevin Whelan will present an illustrated lecture considering the international, imperial and military contexts of the 1916 Rising, and its place as the military culmination of a larger political, social and cultural revolution. American Irish Historical Society, 991 Fifth Avenue, 6.30pm.

April 18, 2016: “The Different Perspectives of the 1916 Rising”

University of Pennsylvania professor of political science Dr. Brendan O’Leary will present a lecture on “The Different Perspectives of the 1916 Rising”, with a Q&A to follow. Presented by the Brehon Law Society, the Irish American Business Chamber and Network, the Irish Immigration Center and the Philadelphia Alumni Branch of Trinity College. Catholic Philopatrian Literary Institute, 1923 Walnut Street, Philadelphia. Lecture begins around 6.25 p.m., networking begins at 5.30. Registration required.

April 19, 2016: Women’s Shebeen

Noted Irish women writers, storytellers, musicians and academics gather to share stories, songs, poems and discoveries. Guests include writers Eimear MacBride (winner of the Goldsmith’s Prize and the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction), Belinda McKeon (Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize winner), writer and storyteller Tara Clancy, Professor Geraldine Downey and more. Heyman Center for Humanities, Columbia University, 74 Morningside Drive, 6.15pm. Part of Cuala NYC.

April 19, 2016: Screening of A Terrible Beauty

A screening of the new feature docu-drama A Terrible Beauty, which tells the story of the 1916 Rising from both the Irish and British perspectives, showing the human cost of fighting on both sides. Cantor Film Center, 36 East 8th Street, 7.00 p.m.

April 19-August 1, 2016: ’Her exiled Children’: the American Irish Historical Society 1916 Archive Exhibition

Official opening April 19 2016, introduction by Christopher Cahill, reading of the Society’s original copy of the Proclamation, remarks by Francis M. Carroll, Ph.D., Curator. American Irish Historical Society, 991 Fifth Avenue, 6 p.m., aihs@aihs.org

April 20, 2016: The Cohens & The Kellys

This classic 1926 silent comedy movie tells the story of a Jewish family and an Irish family in New York City, accompanied by a live score from klezmer and Irish musicians. Museum of Jewish Heritage, 36 Battery Place, 7.00pm. Part of Cuala NYC and Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

April 20, 2016: Screening of A Terrible Beauty

A screening of the new feature docu-drama A Terrible Beauty, which tells the story of the 1916 Rising from both the Irish and British perspectives, showing the human cost of fighting on both sides. Commentary by producers Keith and David Farrell and a discussion of the oral history that informed the project. Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, 24 West 12th Street. Sponsored by Glucksman Ireland House, NYU. 7 p.m. Ticketed.

April 20-30, 2016: A Girl is a Half-formed Thing

Annie Ryan’s adaptation of Eimear McBride’s award-winning novel A Girl is a Half-formed Thing follows the inner narrative of a girl from the womb to twenty with vivid intensity and originality. A Girl is a Half-formed Thing is also winner of The Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award 2015 and a Scotsman Fringe First Award. The Corn Exchange Theatre Company in association with Cusack Projects Ltd at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, 450 West 37th St, NY, in association with the Irish Arts Center. Part of Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

April 21, 2016: Little Green Cars

Dublin indie rock band Little Green Cars were still in their teens when they were spotted and signed to Glasnote and recorded their widely acclaimed 2013 debut Absolute Zero with producer Markus Drays. This show is part of a US tour for their new album Ephemera. Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street, 8.00pm. Part of Cuala NYC.

April 21-22, 2016: Independent Spirit: America and 1916 Easter Rising

This Glucksman Ireland House NYU symposium will focus on the role of Americans and of New York in the 1916 Easter Rising. This symposium brings together twenty scholars who offer new research to enlighten, interrogate, and locate the Rising in a transnational context. This is a ticketed event. Glucksman Ireland House, 1 Washington Mews.

April 22, 2016: Commemorative Centenary Concert

A concert curated by Grammy-award winning composer Bill Whelan and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon featuring Liam Neeson, Colm Tóibín, Zadie Smith, Panti, Cassandra Wilson and more, backed by an incredible orchestra. Symphony Space, Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, 8.00 p.m.

April 22, 2016: Reading of the 1916 Proclamation by Fionnuala Flanagan

Washington Square Arch, 5 p.m. Glucksman Ireland House, 1 Washington Mews. Free.

April 22, 2016: 1916: The Irish Rebellion Screening—New York Irish Center

A screening of the new Notre Dame-produced, Liam Neeson-narrated documentary reflecting on the events surrounding the 1916 Rising, followed by a question and answer session with the film’s creator, writer, and producer, Briona Nic Dhiarmada, the Thomas J. and Kathleen M. O’Donnell Professor of Irish Studies and Professor of Film, Television and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame. Social hour begins at 7.30 with the screening to follow at 8.15. New York Irish Center, 1040 Jackson Avenue, Queens, 7.30-10.00 p.m.

April 22–May 1, 2016: The Buffalo Niagara Centenary Commemoration Committee presents The Rising: 1916-2016

From Friday, April 22 to Sunday, May 1, the Buffalo Niagara Centenary committee presents a varied programme of centenary events, the highlights of which include Irish films on April 24 and 29, a lecture on Irish language and the 1916 Rising on April 26, all at the Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road, Buffalo, a bilingual reading of the Proclamation on April 25 at Erie County College City Campus, 121 Ellicott Street, Buffalo; and much more.

April 23, 2016: Ancient Order of Hibernians U.S. National Commemoration

The Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) and Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians (LAOH) national commemoration will take place in New York on 23 April and will include a mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, a procession to the plaza of Ireland House at 345 Park Avenue and a reading of the Proclamation, in partnership with the consulate General of Ireland.

April 23, 2016: Newark Irish Heritage Celebration

A family-friendly celebration and festival highlighting local Irish music, dance, food, sports and art, with 1916 Rising poetry and films showing throughout the day at the New Jersey Historical Society, and Irish language Mass and a performance of Riverdance at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. Festival, Military Park, 51 Park Place. Films and poetry, New Jersey Historical Society, 52 Park Place. Mass, St. Patrick’s Pro-Cathedral, 91 Washington Street. Riverdance, NJPAC, 1 Center Street.

April 24, 2016: Official Irish Government and Irish Community Centenary Commemoration

The ceremony will include a reading of the Proclamation, the laying of a wreath, a minute’s silence, the flag raising and the national anthems. Wagner Park, Battery Park City, New York. 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM.

April 24, 2016: Welcome Ireland!

A day-long celebration of the very best of Irish music, drama and culture—free and open to the whole family! Featuring screenings of films and documentaries, lectures, food stands, theatre, poetry, dancing and more. Pier A Harbor House and Wagner Park, Battery Park City, New York, 12:30-5:30 p.m.

April 24, 2016: Launch of the United Irish Counties Association booklet on the support of the Irish County Associations for the Easter Rising

Antun’s 96-43 Springfield Blvd, Queen’s Village, 3.00-7.00 p.m. Chair: Jgarvey386@aol.com; unitedirishcounties@gmail.com;

April 24, 2016: Philadelphia 1916 Anniversary Programme

Flag raising at the Irish Memorial, with Citations from the Philadelphia City Council and Pennsylvania State Legislature marking the Centenary. 100 S. Front St., Philadelphia. A pipe band-led procession to Independence Hall, 520 Chestnut St., will follow, where Mayor Jim Kenney, Congressman Brendan Boyle and Dr. Brian O’Murchu will read the Proclamation in English and Irish, as well as a Citation from Congress. Flag raising at 10.00 a.m., Independence Hall event at 12.00 noon. Lunch at the Commodore Barry Club, 6815 Emlen Street, to follow. lizvkerr@aol.com

April 24, 2016: Dedication of the Gaelic American Club Memorial Fairfield CT 1916 Memorial

Dedication mass at St. Thomas Aquinas Church officiated by Bishop of Bridgeport, 1719 Post Road, Fairfield, CT., followed by dedication and unveiling of the Gaelic American Club memorial in front of the Gaelic American Club, 74 Beach Road, Fairfield, CT. jimgall98@juno.com

April 24, 2016: Pearl River 1916 Commemoration and Family Day

A centenary commemoration community event, including a mass, parades, and ceremonies at the Gaelic Athletic Complex, 1 Third Avenue, Orangeburg, NY. Luncheon to follow at the Pearl River Hilton, 500 Veteran’s Memorial Drive, Pearl River. Jim McDonnell, AOH, Jimac786@verizon.net

April 24, 2016: The Life and Legacy of Catherine Wheelwright, Éamon de Valera’s mother

Speakers will include Patricia Carey from the Irish American Cultural Institute and a number of College and Irish community contributors; a website on Catherine Wheelwright will also be launched after the event. St. John Fisher College, 3690 East Avenue, Rochester, New York 14618

April 28, 2016: Drums and Guns, a concert of music, poetry and song

In a unique collaboration, artists from Dublin’s Royal Irish Academy of Music join London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama and The Juilliard School, New York for a presentation which explores conflicts in different eras through music, poetry and song. Rosemary and Meredith Willson Theater, The Juilliard School, New York. Part of Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

April 29, 2016: Poets & Patriots—The Easter Rising 1916

The 1916 Rising was preceded by a cultural revolution; some of those same poets and playwrights were among the group that led the Rising itself. The Poetry Society of America presents an evening of Irish and American poetry, featuring Louis de Paor, Paul Muldoon, Susan McKeown, The Murphy Beds and more. Cooper Union, 30 Cooper Square, 7.00pm. Part of Cuala NYC and Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

April 30, 2016: New York Ireland 1916 Ceiliúradh Celebration

A free family event honouring New York Irish heritage, featuring Grammy-winner Susan McKeown, Mick McAuley, Dana Lyn, The Murphy Beds, Cheryl Ann McCullagh, Eva Doyle, Solas An Lae dancers and special guest poets from Ireland. Celtic facepainting and other crafts will be available for children, an exhibition on James Connolly in America will be displayed, and a Ceili will take place at 5.00pm. Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Avenue, Queens, 3.00-6.00pm. Part of Cuala NYC.

April 30-May 1, 2016: Dánta—Irish Poetry

Enjoy Irish poetry on the NY Waterway’s East River Ferry read by poets, actors and musicians. The trip starts at Wall Street and travels north to Long Island City before stopping for lunch at the New York Irish Center and returning to Wall Street. Hosted by Irish poet Theo Dorgan. 12.00-3.00pm, NY Waterway Ferry. Part of Cuala NYC and Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

May 3, 2016: Teanga Shebeen

An evening of poetry, talks and discussions in the Irish language with live translation, featuring Louis De Paor, Theo Dorgan, Anthony Duffy, Ailbhe Fitzpatrick, Úna McGillicuddy, Maura Mulligan and Daithí MacLochlainn. Heyman Center for Humanities, Columbia University, 74 Morningside Drive, 6.15pm. Part of Cuala NYC and Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

May 3, 2016: Dedication of the Suffolk County 1916 Memorial

Suffolk County Cohalan Courthouse, Carleton Avenue (County Road 17), Central Islip, 12:30-2 PM. The Memorial will be dedicated on the centenary of the execution of Thomas Clarke who lived in Manorville, Suffolk County in 1906-7. Chair: Chris Thompson; Vice-Chair, Judge Michael Mullen. ctalawman@aol.com

May 3-20, 2016: Portrait of a Century

Photographer Kim Haughton’s “Portrait of a Century” is a reflection of one hundred years of Irish identity, history, culture and achievement through portraits of one hundred people who have a connection to Ireland in some significant way, each born in a different year over the past century. Consulate of Ireland, 345 Park Avenue, Floor 17. Part of Salon Eire 100 and Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

May 4, 2016: Poems of Repossession

A book launch and poetry reading to mark the first comprehensive critical anthology of modern Irish language poetry with English translations, entitled Leabhar na hAthghabhála/Poems of Repossession (edited by Louis de Paor). Kray Hall, Poets House, 10 River Terrace, 8.00pm. Part of Cuala NYC.

May 5, 2016: John Montague

One of Ireland’s best known poets and writers, Brooklyn-born John Montague, talks with fellow poet Theo Dorgan and reads from his work. American Irish Historical Society, 991 5th Avenue, 6.30pm. Part of Cuala NYC and Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

May 6, 2016: Dr. Miriam Nyhan, “Emigration to London and New York”

Columbia University Irish Studies Seminar. Columbia Faculty House, 400 West 117th St., 8:00 p.m. Donations accepted. Mary.McGlynn@baruch.cuny.edu

May 7, 2016: Annual Harbor in Bloom Festival

An historic collaboration of six local Irish-based organizations transform Carpenters House with live music, refreshments, books and literature, and a special dedication to the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. Presented by the Columcille Cultural Center, Friends of Abandoned Cemeteries, Staten Island Pipes and Drums and Richmond County Pipes and Drums. Columcille Irish Cultural Center located inside Snug Harbor, 1000 Richmond Terrace #1, Staten Island, 11.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m.

May 7-8, 2016: On Baile’s Strand

Having performed the show on the beach of Sligo’s Coney Island, Blue Raincoat Theatre Company brings its production of W.B. Yeats’ On Baile’s Strand—a tale of the epic Irish hero Cúchulainn-- to the Rockaways and Coney Island, New York.

May 10, 2016: Rebel Rebel

Abandoning a matinee of Cathleen Ni Houlihan, leading Abbey Theatre actor Helena Molony takes her revolver from beneath the Abbey stage and fires the first shots of the rebellion. Commissioned by RTE as part of their Reflecting the Rising programme. American Irish Historical Society, 991 Fifth Avenue, 7.00pm. Part of Salon Eire 100 and Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

May 12, 2016: James Connolly’s New York

New York Irish musicians, writers and storytellers perform in tribute to James Connolly on the stage where he spoke in 1902. Cooper Union, 30 Cooper Square, 7.00pm. Part of Cuala NYC.

May 12-13, 2016: “A Poets’ Revolt? The 1916 Rising and the Irish Cultural Revival”

P.J. Mathews, co-editor of the Abbey Theatre’s Handbook of the Irish Revival, will give a public lecture on the book and the 1916 Rising at the University of Delaware. May 12, 118 Purnell Hall, 7.30pm. May 13, 203 Munroe Hall, 2.00-3.15pm.

May 13, 2016: Poetry 100

Join poets, singers and authors including Sinead Morrissey, Nick Laird, Iarla O Lionáird, Alvy Carragher, Ciaran Berry and Fanny Howe through a journey of one hundred years of Irish poetry. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center—The Café at LPA, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza, 7.00pm. Part of Salon Eire 100 and Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

May 13, 2016: Victor Herbert’s Ireland: Music of the Emerald Isle

The Grand Street Band will perform a selection of Irish music from the past century, featuring music by Dublin-born Victor Herbert—musician, composer, conductor and co-founder of ASCAP. This concert remembers one hosted by Herbert at Carnegie Hall on May 15, 1916. Gerald W. Lynch Theatre at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, 524 West 59th Street, 8.00pm. Part of Cuala NYC.

May 14, 2016: Commemoration of the life and work of James Connolly

The James Connolly Irish Republican Club will hold a ceremony at the site of Connolly’s former residence, including music, speeches, a reading of the Proclamation and of Connolly’s last words, a flag dipping ceremony and the unveiling of a new historic marker to serve as a permanent memorial to Connolly in the working-class neighbourhood where he lived. 447 10th Street, Troy, NY, 1.00 p.m.

May 14, 2016: New York Irish American Women and the Easter Rising

Battery Heritage Foundation and Glucksman Ireland House/ NYU. Watson House, 7 State Street. 10 AM. Maureen.o.murphy@hofstra.edu

May 14, 2016: Victor Herbert: Nationalism and Musical Expression

When musician, composer and conductor Victor Herbert was named president of the Friends of Irish Freedom in March 1916, few could have predicted that he would emerge as the spokesperson for Irish independence in the weeks before the Rising. Professor Marion Casey of NYU’s Glucksman Ireland House explains Herbert’s relationship to nationalism and the ways in which he expressed that musically. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts—LPA Café, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza, 7.00pm. Part of Cuala NYC.

May 16, 2016: The People Speak: Ireland

Bringing to life, through words and song, the dramatic history of political struggle and protest in Ireland and beyond, from its earliest history to the present day, with a slate of guest speakers. The New School Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street, 7.00pm. Registration required. Part of Cuala NYC.

May 17, 2016: Theatre 100

A musical jaunt through Irish theatre of the 20th and 21st centuries with Conor Linehan and mezzo soprano Clare O’Malley, featuring original music for The Plough and the Stars, Deirdre, The Dead, Aristocrats, Last Days of a Reluctant Tyrant and The Cordelia Dream. American Irish Historical Society, 991 Fifth Avenue, 7.00pm. Part of Salon Eire 100 and Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

May 18, 2016: Walking On Cars & Old Hannah

Irish bands Walking On Cars, from Kerry, and Old Hannah, from Sligo, play a joint concert. Music Hall of Williamsburg, 66 North 6th Street, 8.00pm. Part of Cuala NYC.

May 19, 2016: Out of the Ashes

In this informal concert, Conor Linehan performs music from the 1916 Easter Rising era, up to contemporary music from Ireland. Linehan will play and discuss music by Irish and Irish-related composers. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center—Bruno Walter Auditorium, 6.00pm. Part of Salon Eire 100 and Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

May 19, 2016: Union Square Soapbox & Union Pipers at Union Square

Union Pipers remember James Connolly at the site of his 1908 May Day address, and guest speakers, led by author Lisa Keller, will talk about the history of soapboxes in New York. Union Square, 3.00pm. Part of Cuala NYC.

May 19, 2016: An Evening of Irish History in New York

Professor Matt Guterl, lecturer Ruán O’Donnell and author Catherine Morris discuss links between New York and Ireland in the early 20th century—“Roger Casement’s Ghost in Harlem”, “America and the Rising”, and “Alice Milligan and the Irish Cultural Revival”. American Irish Historical Society, 991 Fifth Avenue, 6.30pm. Part of Cuala NYC.

May 20, 2016: Songlives: Luan Parle, Mickey Coleman

Irish singer-songwriter Luan Parle and former GAA all-Ireland medallist Mickey Coleman come together for an evening of song and stories. Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street, 8.00pm. Part of Cuala NYC.

May 20-23, 2016: Alice Milligan: A Girl of Genius

This show portrays the life of Alice Milligan, a vital figure in the Irish cultural revival who knew some of the most well-known figures of the time—Casement, Connolly, Yeats, Maud Gonne—and brought people together in cultural clubs she founded in Belfast. Milligan biographer Catherine Morris will host a talk prior to the performance. Part of Cuala NYC.

May 20: Theatre Upstairs at the Route 66 Smokehouse, 46 Stone Street, 8.00pm
May 21: An Béal Bocht, 445 West 238th Street, 8.00pm
May 23: New York Irish Center, 1040 Jackson Avenue, 2.00pm and 8.00pm

May 21, 2016: LGBT Craic

Award-winning Irish LGBT short films followed by Q&A with the filmmakers and a reception. Irish Voice Arts editor Cahir O’Doherty hosts a panel of filmmakers, including award-winning Irish filmmaker Barry Dignam, exploring LGBT life in Ireland since 1916 and how the culture has changed since then with particular reference to the recent marriage equality referendum. Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street. 6.00pm pre-show reception, 7.00pm screening. Part of Cuala NYC.

May 24, 2016: Irish American Writers and Artists Salon

A lively evening of showcasing newly minted Irish art—featuring literature, art and song by John Kearns, Tom Phelan and Geraldine O’Sullivan. Glucksman Ireland House, New York University, 1 Washington Mews, 7.00pm. Part of Salon Eire 100 and Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

May 24-26: Two Sore Legs

Set in 1950s and 60s Belfast, the one-woman show Two Sore Legs tells the true story of playwright Brenda Murphy’s mother Bridget, and explores the complex and often comical emotions raising from their family arrangement, where Bridget had six children with a married man.

May 24: Theatre Upstairs at the Route 66 Smokehouse, 46 Stone Street, 8.00pm
May 25: An Béal Bocht, 445 West 238th Street, 8.00pm
May 26: New York Irish Center, 1040 Jackson Avenue, 2.00pm and 8.00pm

May 25-June 26, 2016: 16 Letters at the Irish Repertory Theatre

Geraldine O’Sullivan’s art exhibition of multi-layered paintings based on letters written during the Easter Rising and World War I portrays personal and subjective testimonies inspired by the “1916 Letters Project”. Irish Repertory Theatre, 132 West 22nd Street, 12.00pm-7.00pm except Mondays. Part of Salon Eire 100 and Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

May 26, 2016: Tiny Plays for Ireland and America

In celebration of the Kennedy Center’s Ireland 100 festival, Fishamble: The New Play Company presents an acclaimed series of twenty “tiny plays” that portray contemporary Irish life, which will be accompanied by six new tiny American plays selected from an open call for submissions to honour President Kennedy’s legacy. Donaghy Theatre, Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street.

May 26, 2016: Deargdhuil: Anatomy of Passion—Poems of Máire Mhac an tSaoi

This new documentary explores the life, work and poetic imagination of the poet Máire Mhac an tSaoi, who helped revolutionize Irish poetry by drawing on a native tradition to express a passionate sensibility and taboo emotions at a time when women’s voices were on the margins of literature and society. American Irish Historical Society, 991 Fifth Avenue, 8.30pm. Part of Cuala NYC.

May 27, 2016: No Country for Old Men: 21st Century Irish Writers on Transformations Personal & Public

This wide-ranging conversation is hosted by publishing icon Richard Nash, with the next generation of Irish writers including Liz Nugent and Danielle McLaughlin, sorting out what it means to be Irish, to be a writer. New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center—The Café at LPA, 40 Lincoln Center Plaza, 7.00pm. Part of Salon Eire 100 and Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

May 28, 2016: Long Island City Newgrange Festival

Join the New York Irish Center’s Dawn Chorus in song, learn about the culture of henges with astrophysicist Jackie Faherty, and enjoy an evening of Irish music as the sun goes down over Manhattan. Gantry State Park, Long Island City, 7.00pm.

June 2, 2016: Bronx Belfast Shebeen

Susan McKeown, Larry Kirwan, Geraldine Hughes and more join in an evening of talks, poetry and literature. Fordham University—Lincoln Center, 113 West 60th Street, 7.00pm. Part of Cuala NYC.

June 2–4, 2016: Theatre Lovett presents The Girl who Forgot to Sing Badly

Presented by one of Ireland’s leading children’s theatre companies, The Girl who Forgot to Sing Badly tells a tale of love, loss, adventure and courage. Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Part of Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

June 3-4, 2016: Buffalo, New York marks the 150th Anniversary of the Fenian Invasion of Canada

The Ancient Order of Hibernians and Black Rock Historical Society present “Muster the Troops!: A Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Fenian Invasion of 1866”, with a musical and speaking program on June 3 (Buffalo Irish Center, 245 Abbott Road, Buffalo, 6.00pm) and a commemorative ceremony on June 4 (Tow Path Park, 12.00pm) with a reception to follow at the Black Rock Historical Society Museum, 1902 Niagara Street.

June 11 - 12, 2016: Staten Island Irish Fair Dedicated to the lives lost in the 1916 Rising.

Featuring traditional bagpipe bands, local Irish dance schools, special entertainment for young children, and local food and craft vendors. Grounds of Mount Loretto, 6581 Hylan Boulevard—Prince’s Bay, 12.00-7.30pm.

June 25, 2016: Passport to Ireland: A Celebration of the Past, Present and Future at the Bergen County Irish Festival

The Bergen County Irish Festival features a 5K Fun Run, an outdoor Mass, a pipe band competition, literature, children’s activities, Gaelic games and dance performances.
Overpeck County Park, Ridgefield Park, NJ, 7.00am-7.00pm.

July 1, 2016: Songs from Ireland

The New Dublin Voices are delighted to bring their new “I Am Ireland” tour to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, featuring music from Irish artists and composers among others. 460 Madison Avenue, New York, 4.00pm.

September 23, 2016: 1916: The Irish Rebellion Screening—Glucksman Ireland House

Produced by Notre Dame’s Keough Naughton Institute of Irish Studies. NYU’s Cantor Film Center, 36 E 8th St. Sponsored by Glucksman Ireland House, NYU. Ticketed.

October 12-23, 2016: Abbey Theatre Production of The Plough and the Stars

Set amid the tumult of the Easter Rising, The Plough and the Stars is the story of ordinary lives ripped apart by the idealism of the time. The residents of a Dublin tenement shelter from the violence that sweeps through the city’s streets. A revolution that will shape the country’s future rages around them. What kind of Ireland awaits them? The Plough and the Stars was first performed at the Abbey Theatre in 1926. Now regarded as a masterpiece, this provocative play is an essential part of our understanding of 1916. October 20-23 at Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey. The tour is presented in association with Cusack Projects Limited and is part of Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

October 12-16, 2016: Abbey Theatre Production of The Plough and the Stars

As above. Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, University of Pennsylvania.

Boston and New England

January 21, 2016: Lecture by Prof Mike Cronin on The Enemy in Dublin 1916: Who were the British?

Connolly House, Boston College, 5.00 p.m.

February 6 - June 5, 2016: Opening of Making it Irish Arts and Crafts exhibition

McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College.

February 6-8: Áine Phillips: “Performance Art in Ireland”

Aine Phillips looks at the evolving practice and challenges of writing and researching Irish performance art and how this informs new art historical studies of contemporary performance and live art, both nationally and internationally. Part of Culture Ireland’s I Am Ireland programme. Feb. 6th and 7th, Mobius, 55 Norfolk Street, Cambridge, 7.00 p.m. February 8, School of the Museum of Fine Art, 230 Fenway, 10.30 a.m. Part of Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

February 9, 2016: Lecture by Dr. Paul Larmour on The Arts and Crafts Movement: Making it Irish

McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College, 3.00 p.m.

February 22, 2016: Lecture by US Representative Richard E. Neal and Mayor Martin J. Walsh

Congressman Neal and Mayor Walsh will speak on the topic of the 1916 Easter Rising. Gasson Hall, Room 100, Boston College, 6.00 p.m.

February 27, 2016: Lecture by Fintan O’Toole on Culture and Society in Ireland in 1916: Contexts for the Arts and Crafts Movement

Devlin Hall 101, Boston College, 2.00 p.m.

March 8-May 22, 2016: Easter Rising: Springfield’s Response to the 1916 Rising

This exhibition will include photographs, newspapers of the day, and memorabilia related to the Easter Rising and its impact on Springfield. Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History, 21 Edwards St., Springfield, MA.

March 10–13, 2016: The 16th Annual Irish Film Festival, Boston

A special edition of this annual festival which will screen over 40 Irish films in the historic Somerville theater in Davis Square. Part of Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

March 16, 2016: The Knowledge and the Power: Writing and Violence by Colm Tóibín

Author Colm Tóibín delivers this Lowell Humanities Series lecture. Boston College, Gasson Hall, Room 100. 7.00 p.m.

March 16–20, 2016: The Outside Track

Traditional music group The Outside Track performs as a headline act at the St. Patrick’s Celtic Sojourn Festival in New Bedford, Massachusetts. Part of Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

March 17, 2016: Springfield Parade Committee St. Patrick’s Day Mass

The Springfield Parade Committee will hold its annual Mass, followed immediately by a rising of the Irish flag at Springfield City Hall and reception. Sacred Heart Church, 395 Chestnut Street, Springfield, MA, 9.00am.

March 17, 2016: Charitable Irish Society St. Patrick’s Day Dinner & Lecture

The Charitable Irish Society will host a dinner on 17 March 2016 at which Diarmaid Ferriter, Professor of Modern History at University College, Dublin will speak on the meaning and legacy of the Easter Rising of 1916. Omni Parker House Hotel, Boston.

March 18–20, 2016: A Terrible Beauty is Born Conference hosted by Boston College

Speakers include: Colm Toibín, Prof. Keith Jeffery, Dr. Fearghal McGarry, Prof. Diarmuid Ferriter, Prof. Alvin Jackson, Dr. Roisín Higgins, Prof. Emily Blum, Prof. Jim O’Toole and Dr. Elaine Sission. Events are free, but registration is required.

March 20, 2016: Holyoke St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The annual St. Patrick’s Day parade will feature several floats commemorating the 1916 Rising, and regularly attracts over 400,000 spectators. Northampton Street, Holyoke, MA, 11.45am.

March 21, 2016: Of Terrible and Splendid Things: A Commemoration of the Easter Uprising 1916

A word and image exhibit researched, compiled, and created by students in the Spring 2016 Exhibition/History class. Mary Dooley College Center, Elms College, 291 Springfield Street, Chicopee, MA, 5.00-7.00 p.m.

March 27, 2016: Annual Commemoration of the Easter Rising of 1916

A procession will take place to the graveside of Irish Volunteer Patrick Hagerty followed by a short ceremony. The annual presentation of the Hagerty Award for Selfless Dedication to the Cause of Irish Freedom will take place at the graveside. The ceremony will be followed by an evening of entertainment at the John Boyle O’Reilly Club. Ceremony, 4.00 p.m., St. Michael Cemetery, 1601 State St., Springfield; Reception, 33 Progress Ave., Springfield.

March 28, 2016: Easter Monday Commemorative Concert

Including performances by The Murphy Beds, Regina Delaney, Charlie Lennon, the Boston College Chamber Music Society and the Boston College Chorale Gasson Hall, Boston College 6.30–8.45 p.m.

April 2, 2016: The Éire Society of Boston’s 79th Annual Gold Medal Dinner honouring Mary McAleese

Including an address by the former President of Ireland at the Omni Parker House Hotel, Boston, 6.00 p.m.

April 3, 2016: 1916: The Irish Rebellion Screening—Springfield

A screening of the Notre Dame-produced, Liam Neeson-narrated documentary reflecting on the events surrounding the 1916 Rising. Presented in cooperation with WGBY and the Consulate General of Ireland. Symphony Hall, 34 Court Street, Springfield, 2.00 p.m.

April 5, 2016: Irish Arts and Crafts Connections at Boston College Panel Discussion

Burns Library, Boston College, 3.00 p.m.

April 9, 2016: James Joyce and the Easter Rising

Conference hosted by Boston College. Speakers include Clair Wills, Joe Valente, and Richard Kearney.

April 12, 2016: Lecture by Kelly Sullivan on The Illustration and Stained Glass of Harry Clarke

McMullen Museum of Art, Boston College, 3.00 p.m.

April 22, 2016: We Banjo 3 in concert

This award-winning quartet from Galway delivers a ground breaking mixture of Irish Music and Old Time American and Bluegrass influences. The Shalin Liu Performance Center, Rockport, Massachusetts Part of Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

April 23, 2016: Ancient Order of Hibernians Raising of the Irish Flag, Mass and Reception

A raising of the Irish flag will take place at Holyoke City Hall, (536 Dwight Street, 1.00 p.m.) followed by a mass at St. Jerome’s Church, (169 Hampden St., 4.00 p.m.) and a reception at the Wherehouse (109 Lyman Street, 6.00 p.m.) with music by the Noel Henry Band from Boston.

April 24, 2016: The Irish Cultural Centre of New England Community Event

The centenary will be marked by a special gathering of the Irish community of New England. Irish Cultural Centre of New England, Canton, Massachusetts.

April 24, 2016: Ceili at the Club in Commemoration of the 1916 Uprising

Music will be provided by Jimmy McArdle, Barney McElhoe, Jerry Sullivan and John Joe Martin, and refreshments will be served. John Boyle O’Reilly Club, 33 Progress Avenue, Springfield.

April 30, 2016: Trace Your Genealogy

This introductory overview will cover the basics of how to conduct genealogical research, becoming a genealogy detective, genealogy websites and how to get the best out of them, and much more. Springfield Science Museum, Springfield, 21 Edwards Street, 2.00pm.

May 14-15, 2016: Official Opening of 1916 Garden of Remembrance in Forest Park, Springfield, Massachusetts

Reception from 4.30-5.30 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, followed by a Mass of Remembrance honouring Ireland and the Diaspora at St. Michael’s Cathedral, 260 State Street, at 6.00 p.m. A community celebration, “Fáilte Abhaile—Welcome Home 1916-2016”, will take place from 7.30-11.00 p.m. Reception and celebration to take place at the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History, 21 Edwards Street.

On Sunday, May 15, Congressman Richard E. Neal and Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno will dedicate the new 1916 Remembrance Garden in Springfield’s Forest Park, the first garden of its kind in the United States. The ceremony will include a flag raising, a period of reflection, and an unveiling of the engraved granite proclamation from Ireland. Forest Park, Springfield, 11.00 a.m. Reception at the John Boyle O’Reilly Club, 33 Progress Street, to follow.

June 1–October 31, 2016: “South of Hy-Brazil” by Caoimhghin Ó Fraithile

In conjunction with ‘Medicine Wheel Productions’. Outdoor art installation showcasing ink drawings on handmade paper, combining text in the Irish language with an imagined topography that refers to the sacred land and seascapes influenced by the hermitage island of Skellig Michael off the coast of Kerry. Frederick Law Olmstead’s Emerald Necklace Parks, Boston, Massachusetts. Part of Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

June 17-19 2016: Conference on the Irish Language

Glór na nGael is organizing a Summer School to give an opportunity to Irish speakers and learners in North America to celebrate the influence the 1916 Rising had on the language and culture. The program of events planned for the weekend includes a welcoming reception at the Consulate General of Boston, panel discussions, and sean-nos singing and dancing workshops.

September 26, 2016: The Irish Rebellion Screening - Boston College

A screening of the Notre Dame-produced, Liam Neeson-narrated documentary reflecting on the events surrounding the 1916 Rising followed by a panel discussion with the film’s executive producer, Christopher Fox, Director of the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies; and the film’s creator, writer and producer, Briona Nic Dhiarmada, the Thomas J. and Kathleen M. O’Donnell Professor of Irish Studies and Professor of Film, Television and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame. More details to follow.

September 28, 2016: The Irish Rebellion Screening - Elms College and Irish Cultural Center of Western New England

A screening of the Notre Dame-produced, Liam Neeson-narrated documentary reflecting on the events surrounding the 1916 Rising., followed by a panel discussion with the film’s executive producer, Christopher Fox, Director of the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies; and the film’s creator, writer and producer, Briona Nic Dhiarmada, the Thomas J. and Kathleen M. O’Donnell Professor of Irish Studies and Professor of Film, Television and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame. Elms College (auditorium details to follow), 291 Springfield Street, Chicopee, MA, 7.00-9.00pm

September 28 – October 9, 2016: Abbey Theatre Production of The Plough and the Stars

Set amid the tumult of the Easter Rising, The Plough and the Stars is the story of ordinary lives ripped apart by the idealism of the time. The residents of a Dublin tenement shelter from the violence that sweeps through the city’s streets. A revolution that will shape the country’s future rages around them. What kind of Ireland awaits them? The Plough and the Stars was first performed at the Abbey Theatre in 1926. Now regarded as a masterpiece, this provocative play is an essential part of our understanding of 1916. American Repertory Theater, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

September 29, 2016: The Irish Rebellion Screening - Quinnipiac University

A screening of the Notre Dame-produced, Liam Neeson-narrated documentary reflecting on the events surrounding the 1916 Rising., followed by a panel discussion with the film’s executive producer, Christopher Fox, Director of the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies; and the film’s creator, writer and producer, Briona Nic Dhiarmada, the Thomas J. and Kathleen M. O’Donnell Professor of Irish Studies and Professor of Film, Television and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame. Quinnipiac University Mount Carmel Campus, Center for Communications and Engineering, 275 Mount Carmel Avenue, Hamden, CT, 4.00-6.30pm.

September 30, 2016: Reframing 1916—Irish Cultural Center, Grafton, Connecticut

To coincide with the release of the documentary 1916: The Irish Rebellion, the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies is partnering with the Government of Ireland and leading universities worldwide to host a series of academic events with an aim to engage in a scholarly response and reassessment of the events of 1916. Events will include day-long lectures, panels, and screenings of the documentary along with input by local historians and institutions. Local details to follow.

November 2016: Gare St. Lazare Ireland present performances of the works of Samuel Beckett

Part of Gare St. Lazare’s International Beckett Season 2016. Further details TBA. Part of Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

Lecture Series with American Conference of Irish Studies (ACIS)

Throughout 2016, the Consulate General in Boston will partner with several universities and colleges affiliated with the American Conference of Irish Studies in organising series of 1916-themed lectures and seminars.

 

Chicago and the Mid-West

January 28, 2016: Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati Irish Film Night

Screening of the film A Terrible Beauty - the story of the 1916 Rising told from different viewpoints. 7.00 p.m.

February 13, 2016: Áine Phillips: “Performance Art in Ireland”

Aine Phillips looks at the evolving practice and challenges of writing and researching Irish performance art and how this informs new art historical studies of contemporary performance and live art, both nationally and internationally. With Roberto Sufeuntes and Robin Deacon. Part of Culture Ireland’s I Am Ireland programme. IN>TIME Festival, Chicago Cultural Centre, 78 E. Washington St., 12.30 p.m. Part of Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

February 25, 2016: 1916 Centenary presentation by Dr. Ray Hebert

Hosted by the Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati. Dr. Herbert is the former Dean of Thomas More College and chair of History and International Studies specializing in History and Literature of Irish Nationalism. 7.00 p.m.

February 27, 2016: A reading of author Larry Kirwan’s Blood–A story from 1916

Hosted by the Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati. Larry is a writer and musician, most noted as the lead singer of Irish band ‘Black 47’. 4.00 p.m.

March 2– 5, 2016 Téada–reAwakening

Inspired by the remarkable artistic flourishing of the Irish at home and abroad in the 100-year period from 1916 onwards, reAwakening sees leading Irish band Téada set historic musical and song material beginning from the early 20th century to a backdrop of archival video footage and still images from the 1916 Rising.

March 2: Gamble Music Hall, Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, Ohio
March 5: Crooked Tree Arts Center, Petoskey, Michigan
Part of Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

March 3, 2016: 1916: The Irish Rebellion Gala Premiere

Produced by the University of Notre Dame and COCO Television and narrated by Liam Neeson, this landmark documentary tells the story of the 1916 Rising through a combination of archival footage, new segments filmed on location worldwide, and interviews with leading international experts, and also uncovers the story of the central role Irish Americans played in the lead-up to the rebellion. University of Notre Dame William and Mary Ann Smith Ballroom, The Morris Inn, and the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, 5.30–9.00 p.m.

March 3-6, 2016: 17th Chicago Irish Film Festival

Since 1999, the Chicago Irish Film Festival has been dedicated to presenting the works of Irish filmmakers in the Chicago community and has screened over 500 features, documentaries and short films by many of Ireland’s most talented and award-winning filmmakers. Logan Theatre, 2646 North Milwaukee Avenue, and the Gallery Theatre, 1112 North Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago.

March 4, 2016: The Murphy Beds and The Map is Not the Territory

Irish music duo The Murphy Beds—Jefferson Hamer and Eamon O’Leary— present traditional and original folk songs with close harmonies and deft arrangements on bouzouki, guitar and mandolin. Ticket holders may also enjoy an Irish dance workshop at 7.00 p.m. The concert is held in conjunction with the exhibit The Map is Not the Territory: Parallel Paths—Palestinian, Native American, Irish, which examines relationships and commonalities within the experiences of invasion, occupation and colonization. Arab American National Museum, 13624 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn, MI, 8.00 p.m. Exhibit runs until May 15.

March 4, 2016: 1916: The Irish Rebellion Book Launch

The launch of a companion book to the film, titled The 1916 Irish Rebellion, published by the Notre Dame. Press Union League Club, Chicago. All day.

March 4–18, 2016: We Banjo 3 in concert Link to:

This award-winning quartet from Galway delivers a ground breaking mixture of Irish Music and Old Time American and Bluegrass influences.

March 4: The Ark, Ann Arbor, Michigan
March 5: The Midland Theatre, Newark, Ohio
March 6: Musicbox Supper Club, Cleveland, Ohio
March 11: Live at the Ludlow Garage, Cincinnati, Ohio
March 16: Chief O’Neill’s, Chicago, Illinois
March 18: Irish Cultural Heritage Center, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Part of Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

March 5, 2016: Special concert: Derek Warfield and The Young Wolfe Tones

Hosted by the Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati. 7.00 p.m.

March 8, 2016: Siamsa na nGael Concert Choir

Siamsa na nGael has become a well-known event in Chicago, celebrating unique, world-class Celtic entertainment. The program for 2016 is entitled The Women of the Rising: Pathways to Peace, and will tell the tales of three women who were instrumental in the Rising through song, dance and story. Features performances by the Metropolis Symphony Orchestra, Old St. Patrick’s Concert Choir, Trinity Irish Dancers and more. Chicago Symphony Center, 220 South Michigan Ave., 7.30pm.

March 12-19 2016: I Am Ireland

To honour the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising, celebrated Irish tenor Paddy Homan will present I Am Ireland, a one-man show accompanied by a three-piece band of traditional Irish musicians to take American audiences on a journey through the songs, speeches and images of the time to honour and celebrate the Irish road to freedom.

March 12: Chicago Gaelic Park, 6119 West 147th Street, Oak Forest, IL, 8.00 p.m.
March 19: Wentz Concert Hall, 171 East Chicago Avenue, Naperville, IL.

March 12, 2016: Opening of the Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati’s 1916 Exhibition

Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati Library and Museum. 3.00 p.m.

March 17, 2016: St Patrick’s Day Irish Mass

In memory of those who have passed away, particularly the men and women of 1916. Followed by a celebration including music, dance, food and friendship. Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati. 2.00 p.m.

March 13, 2016: Detroit St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The 58th annual marching of this parade will have Kitty Heinzman as the Grand Marshal and features dancers, pipers and other local organizations. This year’s theme is “1916 Easter Rising: A Legacy of Irish Heroes and Freedom”. Starting at Michigan Avenue and 6th Street and continuing down to 14th Street, Detroit, MI, 12.00 noon.

March 13, 2016: AOH March Programme: A Celebration of Ireland’s Independence

The 146th annual St. Patrick’s Day Hibernian Celebration will celebrate the tradition of Irish independence through songs and stories. Indiana Roof Ballroom, 140 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN. Time TBD.

March 21, 2016: 1916: The Irish Rebellion Screening—Gene Siskel Theatre, Chicago

The Consulate will host the North American Premiere of the Notre Dame documentary, 1916: The Irish Rebellion, at the Gene Siskel Film Center as part of the EU Film Festival. Gene Siskel Theatre, 164 North State Street, 6.00 p.m.

March 26, 2016: The Music and Images of the 1916 Easter Rising

An afternoon of reflection on the events of Easter 1916, featuring sights, sounds, and guest speakers Marguerite Helmers of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, McKayla Sutton of the University of Wisconson-Milwaukee, Jeff Ksiazek of the Ward Irish Music Archives, and Catherine Lewis. Presented in conjunction with the Consulate of Ireland, Chicago. Milwaukee Irish Fest Center, 1532 North Wauwatosa Avenue, Wauwatosa, WI, 1.00 p.m.

March 27, 2016: Gaelic League Easter Commemorative Mass & Potluck

The annual Easter Sunday mass and commemoration of the 1916 Rising, followed by a potluck dinner, at the Gaelic League, 2068 Michigan Avenue, Detroit, 4.00 p.m.

March 28, 2016: Easter Rising Commemoration of the Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati

Includes a gathering at the Memorial Plaque dedicated to the first Irish immigrants who arrived on the waterfront of the Ohio River, a reading of the Proclamation followed by Dr. William H.A. Williams’ presentation of the Easter Rising in song and stories with the Blue Rock Boys, Ceol Mhór and the Irish American Theater Company. 5.30 p.m.

March 31, 2016: 1916: The Irish Rebellion Screening—2016 American Conference for Irish Studies

The documentary 1916: The Irish Rebellion will be screened as part of the American Conference for Irish Studies (March 30-April 3), followed by an address from the film’s executive producer, Christopher Fox, Director of the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies; and the film’s creator, writer and producer, Briona Nic Dhiarmada, the Thomas J. and Kathleen M. O’Donnell Professor of Irish Studies and Professor of Film, Television and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame. A launch of the companion book, The 1916 Irish Rebellion, to follow. Free, but ticketed, event. DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, Leighton Concert Hall, 100 Performing Arts Center, Notre Dame, IN, 8.30-10.30 p.m.

March 31 –April 3, 2016: North American Comhaltas Convention

Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, the largest group involved in the preservation and promotion of Irish traditional music around the world, will hold a 1916 Reflection event as part of the North American Comhaltas Convention in the St. Louis Union Station Hilton Hotel.

April 3, 2016: 1916: The Irish Rebellion Screening—Gaelic Park, Chicago

A screening of the new Notre Dame-produced, Liam Neeson-narrated documentary reflecting on the events surrounding the 1916 Rising, followed by a question and answer session with the film’s creator, writer, and producer, Briona Nic Dhiarmada, the Thomas J. and Kathleen M. O’Donnell Professor of Irish Studies and Professor of Film, Television and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame. Chicago Gaelic Park, 6119 West 147th Street, Oak Forest, IL.

April 5, 2016: 1916: The Irish Rebellion Screening—University of Michigan

A screening of the new Notre Dame-produced, Liam Neeson-narrated documentary reflecting on the events surrounding the 1916 Rising. Followed by a question and answer session with the film’s executive producer, Christopher Fox, Director of the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies and the film’s creator, writer, and producer, Briona Nic Dhiarmada, the Thomas J. and Kathleen M. O’Donnell Professor of Irish Studies and Professor of Film, Television and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame. Hutchins Hall, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 6.00-8.30 p.m.

April 7, 2016: 1916: The Irish Rebellion Screening—Cleveland Museum of Art

A screening of the new Notre Dame-produced, Liam Neeson-narrated documentary reflecting on the events surrounding the 1916 Rising, followed by a question and answer session with the film’s executive producer, Christopher Fox, Director of the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies and the film’s creator, writer, and producer, Briona Nic Dhiarmada, the Thomas J. and Kathleen M. O’Donnell Professor of Irish Studies and Professor of Film, Television and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame. A post-film reception will follow at Nighttown restaurant. Cleveland Museum of Art, 11150 East Boulevard, Cleveland, 7-9.00 p.m.

April 9, 2016: 1916-2016 Commemoration Day-long Educational Programme

An interactive programme exploring Detroit’s connection to the Rising, the women of 1916, a lecture on poets, socialists and Boy Scouts, music and poetry. Detroit Gaelic League, 2068 Michigan Avenue, Detroit, 1.00 p.m.

April 12, 2016: 1916: The Irish Rebellion Screening - University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis

Hosted by the Notre Dame Club of Minnesota in partnership with the Irish Studies Program at the University of St. Thomas. The feature-length version of the documentary will be screened in the Terrence Murphy Hall auditorium, followed by a Question and Answer session with Christopher Fox, Professor of English, Director of the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame, and executive producer of the documentary and Rory Rapple, Professor of History at Notre Dame.

Post-film gathering at The Local, open to all ticket holders. Tickets free but required. Terrence Murphy Hall, Auditorium, St. Thomas University, 6.45pm.

April 15 & 17, 2016: 1916: A Terrible Beauty

A screening of the new feature docu-drama A Terrible Beauty, which tells the story of the 1916 Rising from both the Irish and British perspectives, showing the human cost of fighting on both sides. Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 North State Street, 8.00 p.m (April 15) and 3.00 p.m. (April 17).

April 16 & 17, 2016: Be Thou My Vision: All Things Irish!

The Chicago Chamber Choir will commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the 1916 Easter rising, one of the defining moments in Ireland’s struggle for independence with a Celtic mosaic of traditional, popular, and contemporary music of Irish and American composers.

April 19, 2016: 1916: The Irish Rebellion Screening —University of Missouri, St. Louis

The feature-length version (86 minutes) of the documentary will be screened, followed by a Question and Answer session with Bríona Nic Dhiarmada, the Thomas J. & Kathleen M. O'Donnell Professor of Irish Studies and Concurrent Professor of Film, Television, and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame, and the creator, writer, producer, and executive producer of the film. University of Missouri-St. Louis, Summit Lounge, J.C. Penney Center, 7.00pm.

April 23, 2016: Stephen Walsh Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians—Easter Rising Mass & Dinner

A mass to honour the events of the 1916 Rising followed by a dinner. 25300 Five Mile Road, Redford, MI.

April 23-24 and 26, 2016: Omaha Easter Rising Commemoration

On Saturday, April 23, a mass to commemorate the Rising will be followed by a ceremony at the Douglas County Courthouse Plaza and a reception with traditional Irish music. On Sunday morning, the Irish American Cultural Institute will present a centennial program which includes the one-act play Rising from the Brigit St. Brigit Theater and a reading of the Proclamation. On Tuesday, April 26, enjoy a screening of The Wind that Shakes the Barley followed by a panel discussion. Mass, St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, 19th and Dodge Streets, 12.00 noon. Reception, Castle Barrett, 4330 Leavenworth St., following ceremony at Courthouse Plaza. Sunday program, Joslyn Art Museum, 2200 Dodge St., 11.30am. Film screening, Ruth Solokof Theater at Film Streams, 14th and Mike Fahey Streets, 6.00pm.

April 24, 2016: Irish American Heritage Center Day

The Irish American Heritage Center of Chicago presents a special day-long series of events designed to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising, including a Mass, a reading of the Proclamation, a screening of the film Birth of a Nation with a question and answer session, music and poetry, and a panel discussion. Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 North Knox Avenue, Chicago. Mass starts at 11.00am, Proclamation reading at 12.04. All events to follow.

April 24, 2016: Songs of Freedom—A Tribute Concert to the 1916 Easter Rising and Ireland’s Freedom

Celebrating the complete history of the cause of Irish freedom, the concert features rebel songs, ballads and more moving performances as the Irish music community comes together to put their own spin on commemorating the Rising. Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 North Knox Avenue, Chicago, 4.30-6.30pm.

April 24, 2016: Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati Centenary Event

Take the opportunity to see and hear the people of the Rising brought to life through interviews, song, music and theatre. There will be a laying of a memorial wreath, lunch, a play, a pub celebration and an opportunity to explore the Irish Heritage Center Library and Museum, featuring artefacts, rare medals and collections. Tickets required. Wreath laying, Sawyer Point in Bicentennial Commons, all other events Irish Heritage Center of Greater Cincinnati, 3905 Eastern Avenue, 1.00pm.

April 25, 2016: Staged Reading of Cathleen ni Houlihan

DePaul University Theatre School presents an event incorporating vocal and instrumental music and the William Butler Yeats and Lady Gregory-penned one-act play Cathleen ni Houlihan, where Ireland personified calls her sons to revolution. The Theatre School at DePaul University, Room 301, 2350 North Racine Avenue, Chicago.

April 28, 2016: Chicago Irish Immigrant Support 1916 Centenary Commemorative Event

Chicago Irish Immigrant Support, in conjunction with Chicago Celts for Immigration Reform, will host a symposium on April 28th commemorating the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising, bringing together scholars and community organizations to share research and inspire future collaborations. Gage Restaurant, 24 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, 5.30-8.00 p.m.

April 2016: Irish Fair of Minnesota 1916 Easter Rising Commemoration

The Irish Fair of Minnesota will commemorate the 1916 Easter Rising. The Irish Fair will sponsor an eight-day Irish Arts Week centered on the Easter Rising, including music and dance, art, poetry, theatre, film, and panels and seminars at a variety of locations.

April-May, 2016: Cahoots NI presents Egg

Join three madcap birds on an adventure of a lifetime as they grapple with growing up and giving in to their natural instincts to take flight. This funny, delightful and sometimes bittersweet tale resonates as strongly with adults in the audience as it does with children.

April 4-9: Des Moines Performing Arts, Temple Theater, 1011 Locust Street, Des Moines, IA.
April 28-30: Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, 500 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, IL.
May 3-8: Playhouse Square Foundation International Children’s Theater Festival, Westfield Insurance Studio Theatre, 1375 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH.
Part of Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

May 1–July 24, 2016: (Re)Public

Organised by Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts in Ireland, (Re)Public is an exhibition which engages with key issues, reflecting the complexity of 21st century Ireland and the dynamic and diverse arena of collaborative arts. The exhibition will highlight the diverse practices of seven of Ireland’s leading socially engaged artist whose work engages in profound ways with different publics in exploring pressing social, political and environmental issues. 5020 S. Cornell Avenue, Chicago. Part of Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

May 27-30, 2016: Gaelic Park 30th Irish Fest

This four-day festival attracts attendees from all over the country and features music, dancing, wine tasting, theatre, kids’ events, and a Sunday mass. Gaelic Park, 6119 West 147th Street, Oak Forest, IL.

June 24-30, 2016: World Choral Festival—New Dublin Voices

Founded by conductor Bernie Sherlock in 2005, the singers who make up New Dublin Voices come from many different backgrounds but share a high level of experience and musicianship. Sherlock will work alongside other notable conductors at the World Choral Festival at the Kauffman Center of Performing Arts, 1601 Broadway Boulevard, Kansas City, MO. The New Dublin Voices are also planning performances in Chicago and Evanston, details to follow.

June 28, 2016: Songs From Ireland

The New Dublin Voices are delighted to perform the first show of their “I Am Ireland” tour, featuring primarily Irish music. Drexel Hall, Kansas City Irish Center, 15 W Linwood Blvd, Kansas City, 8.00-10.00pm.

June 30, 2016: “The 1916 Rising—The Photographic Record”

Award-winning Irish historian Turtle Bunbury discusses his new book on the photos of the Rising and will be joined by other historians and soprano Máire O’Brien. The event will be followed by a cocktail reception and an opportunity to view the Department of Foreign Affairs’ panel exhibition on the Rising. Presented in partnership with the Consulate General of Ireland in Chicago, the Irish Fellowship Club of Chicago and the Irish Georgian Society. Registration required. Chicago Culture Center’s Preston Bradley Hall, 78 East Washington Street, 5.30pm.

August 12-14, 2016: Irish Fair of Minnesota

The largest free Irish fair in the country returns for a celebration of Irish heritage through activities such as step dancing, Irish sports, a Celtic marketplace, cultural displays, native Irish dogs, traditional food, drink and tea, and music.

August 18-21, 2016: Milwaukee Irish Fest

The Cultural Exhibits Pavilion in the Cultural Village area of the Milwaukee Irish Fest will present a variety of opportunities to learn about the 1916 Easter Rising including an opportunity to view the 1916-2016 Irish Postcards – Destruction of Dublin display, put together by the Ward Irish Music Archives.

September 2016: Chicago Council on Global Affairs Panel Discussion

The Irish Consulate General and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, a prominent foreign affairs think tank, will host a 2016 commemoration event, particularly looking at the political and historical legacy of the 1916 Rising in modern Ireland. More details to follow.

October 26-30, 2016: Abbey Theatre Production of The Plough and the Stars

Set amid the tumult of the Easter Rising, The Plough and the Stars is the story of ordinary lives ripped apart by the idealism of the time. The residents of a Dublin tenement shelter from the violence that sweeps through the city’s streets. A revolution that will shape the country’s future rages around them. The Plough and the Stars was first performed at the Abbey Theatre in 1926. Now regarded as a masterpiece, this provocative play is an essential part of our understanding of 1916. Southern Theatre, Columbus, Ohio presented by CAPA and The Ohio State University.

October 2016: iBAM! Chicago

iBAM! is an annual celebration of books, arts, music and all things Irish each October at the Irish American Heritage Center. The event features 3 days of literature, music concerts, lectures, poetry readings and contests, panel discussions, theatre performances, exhibits on loan from Ireland and a gala dinner honouring the achievements of the Irish in the arts. There will be special focus on commemoration of the 1916 Easter Rising.

November 13, 2016: “1776 and 1916: Two National ‘Vanishing Points’’

Professor Patrick Griffin serves as the Hesburgh Lecturer speaking on the parallels between the American Revolution and the 1916 Rising. The lecture is foundational to the film 1916: The Irish Rebellion, which will be screened the following week. Kansas City Irish Center, 15 West Linwood Boulevard, Kansas City. Time TBD.

November 20, 2016: 1916: The Irish Rebellion Screening - World War I Museum, Kansas City

A screening of the Notre Dame-produced, Liam Neeson-narrated documentary reflecting on the events surrounding the 1916 Rising., followed by a panel discussion with the film’s executive producer, Christopher Fox, Director of the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies; and the film’s creator, writer and producer, Briona Nic Dhiarmada, the Thomas J. and Kathleen M. O’Donnell Professor of Irish Studies and Professor of Film, Television and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame. National World War I Museum, 100 West 26th Street, Kansas City, 2.00-4.00pm.

Late 2016: Opening of new Kansas City Irish Center, Kansas City, Missouri

The new Irish Center will open in Kansas City in late 2016 and will host a range of events to mark the 1916 centenary and its grand opening.

 

Atlanta and the South East

February-April, 2016: Cahoots NI presents Egg

Join three madcap birds on an adventure of a lifetime as they grapple with growing up and giving in to their natural instincts to take flight. This funny, delightful and sometimes bittersweet tale resonates as strongly with adults in the audience as it does with children.

February 8-13: Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, 701 Okeechobee Boulevard, West Palm Beach, FL.
February 16-18: Peace Center for the Performing Arts, 300 South Main Street, Greenville, SC.
April 14-16: Orpheum Theatre, 203 South Main Street, Memphis, TN.
April 19-23: Tennessee Performing Arts Center, Andrew Johnson Theater, 505 Deaderick Street, Nashville, TN.

Part of Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

March 6, 2016: 1916 Centenary Concert—A Celebration of Irish Culture

The Consulate General of Ireland will host this family-friendly event featuring The Willis Clan; Grammy-nominated, Dublin-born singer/guitarist John Doyle; an excerpt of the new presentation "We Have Risen"; and many more artists and entertainers. Ferst Center for the Arts, 349 Ferst Drive NW, Atlanta, GA.

March 12, 2016: “We Have Risen”

Gateway Performance Productions and the Consulate General of Ireland, in cooperation with the Dekalb School of the Arts and the Helene S. Mills Senior Multipurpose Facility, present a commemoration of the Irish journey to freedom in drama, dance and son, drawing parallels between Irish and African-American experiences. 6:00 PM, Masonic Center Auditorium, 1690 Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, GA. Admission is free but seating is limited.

March 12–May 1, 2016: We Banjo 3 in concert

This award-winning quartet from Galway delivers a ground breaking mixture of Irish Music and Old Time American and Bluegrass influences.

March 12: Music City Irish Festival, Nashville, Tennessee;
March 13, Mountain Stage Radio, Charleston, West Virginia;
April 29–May 1: Merlefest, Wilkesboro, North Carolina.

Part of Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

March 15, 2016: Stephen White speaks on Charleston’s Reaction to the Easter Rising

Stephen White of the Charleston Historical Society will give a talk on the reaction to the Rising in Charleston, South Carolina. Part of the College of Charleston’s Easter Rising series.

March 24-31 2016: The Gloaming in concert

To coincide with the release of their second album, the trad supergroup will perform at venues and festivals across the Southeast.
March 24, Savannah Music Festival, Savannah, Georgia;
March 26, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina;
March 31, Big Ears Festival, Knoxville, Tennessee.

Part of Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

April 4, 2016: Joseph Lee speaks on “The Easter 1916 Rising in Ireland in Historical Perspective”

In partnership with the Consulate General of Ireland in Atlanta, acclaimed historian Joseph Lee of New York University will visit the College of Charleston to present a talk on viewing the events of 1916 in an historical perspective. Alumni Center, School of Education, Health and Human Performance, 86 Wentworth Street, 7.00 p.m. Part of the College of Charleston’s Easter Rising series.

April 14, 2016: “Pre-Revolutionary Ireland” conference with keynote address by Professor Roy Foster, Georgia State University

Professor of Irish History at Oxford University and author of Vivid Faces: The Revolutionary Generation in Ireland, 1890-1923, Roy Foster will deliver a keynote speech at the Southern Regional American Conference for Irish Studies (ACIS) taking place at Georgia State University on April 14-16, 2016. Professor Foster’s address is at 5:00 in the Speaker’s Auditorium of the Student Center Building, Georgia State University, 44 Courtland St., Atlanta, GA.

April 15, 2016: The Politics of Commemoration

Dr. Roisín Higgins will present a plenary address on the politics of commemoration at 2:00 PM in the Speaker’s Auditorium of the Student Center Building, Georgia State University, 44 Courtland St., Atlanta, GA.

April 15, 2016: 1916: The Irish Rebellion Screening—Atlanta

The Consulate will host a special screening of the Notre Dame documentary, 1916: The Irish Rebellion, at 7:00 PM at the Plaza Cinema in Atlanta, 1049 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA.

April 17, 2016: 1916: The Irish Rebellion Screening—Charleston

In partnership with the James Hoban Society, the College of Charleston presents a screening of the Notre Dame documentary 1916: The Irish Rebellion, followed by a question and answer session with the film’s executive producer, Christopher Fox, Director of the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies and the film’s creator, writer, and producer, Briona Nic Dhiarmada, the Thomas J. and Kathleen M. O’Donnell Professor of Irish Studies and Professor of Film, Television and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame. 6.00 p.m. Part of the College of Charleston’s Easter Rising series.

April 25 – 26, 2016: Arís Theatre’s staged reading of The Plough and the Stars

On 25 & 26 April Arís Theatre will present Seán O’Casey’s The Plough and the Stars, followed by a Q&A session. 7:30 PM, The Morris & Rae Frank Theatre at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Atlanta, GA.

April, 2016: Women, Reform, and Resistance in Ireland, 1850-1950 Book Launch

A late April event will launch Dr. Cara Delay’s new book Women, Reform, and Resistance in Ireland, 1850-1950, published by Palgrave Macmillan. Dr. Delay edited the book and the College of Charleston’s anthropologist, Moore Quinn, contributed a chapter. Part of the College of Charleston’s Easter Rising series.

 

Austin and the South West

February 3, 2016: Handbook of the Irish Revival lecture

P.J. Mathews, co-editor of the Abbey Theatre’s Handbook of the Irish Revival, will give a public lecture on the book. Flynn Center for Irish Studies, 4206 Yoakum Boulevard, Houston.

March 2, 2016: The 1916 Easter Rising: An Historical Perspective

The William J. Flynn Center for Irish Studies at the University of St. Thomas, Houston, the leading Irish Studies Center in the US southwest, will host commemorative events in early 2016 including a keynote lecture by Professor J. Joseph Lee, Director, Glucksman Ireland House, New York University. Cullen Hall, University of St Thomas, Houston.

March 12, 2016: Macnas at South by Southwest

Macnas, an internationally acclaimed Irish performance and spectacle company based in the West of Ireland, presents a high-octane, visually stunning series performances during the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. Part of Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

March 21–22, 2016: Baylor University Easter Rising Centenary Symposium

Professor Roy Foster, W.B. Yeats’ official biographer, Oxford lecturer and Irish historian, will be speaking along with award-winning Irish novelist, poet and playwright Sebastian Barry. Professor Foster’s lecture, March 21, 7.00pm, Professor Foster and Mr. Barry in conversation, March 22, 3.30pm, reading by Mr. Barry, 7.00pm. All events at Bennett Auditorium on Baylor University Campus, 1301 South University Parks Drive, Waco.

March 28, 2016: Mise Eire: 100th Anniversary of the Easter Rising

St. Mary’s Cathedral will host an event of song, story and dance to mark the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising, with special appearances from Austin’s Inishfree Irish Dancers and Irish Consul General Adrian Farrell. Presented in conjunction with the Celtic Cultural Center of Texas and the Consulate of Ireland in Austin. St. Mary’s Cathedral, 203 East 10th Street, Austin, 7.30-9.00pm. Seating is limited; tickets required.

March 29, 2016: The Gloaming in concert

To coincide with the release of their second album, the trad supergroup will perform at MSC OPAS at Texas A&M, 7.00 p.m. Part of Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

May 18-21: Cahoots NI presents Egg

Join three madcap birds on an adventure of a lifetime as they grapple with growing up and giving in to their natural instincts to take flight. This funny, delightful and sometimes bittersweet tale resonates as strongly with adults in the audience as it does with children. Walton Arts Center, Starr Theater, 495 West Dickson Street, Fayetteville, AR. Part of Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

August 13–September 4, 2016: Sites of production, New Works by James L. Hayes

Visual arts exhibition to showcase new works by James L Hayes which aims to examine modernist sculptural traditions. Uno–St. Claude Gallery, 2429 St. Claude Ave, New Orleans. Part of Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

September 22-24, 2016: Free States–Midwest Regional American Conference for Irish Studies (ACIS) University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Set in historic Lawrence, Kansas, an American “Free State”, this conference takes the theme of “free states” as a starting point to encourage critical inquiry into issues of freedom, identity, and place in the literature, culture, and politics of Ireland and the diaspora with a focus on 1916 in the context of the decade of commemoration. The plenary speaker will be Prof. Eamonn Wall, Smurfit-Stone Professor of Irish Studies and Professor of English, University of Missouri–St. Louis. University of Kansas, 1450 Jayhawk Boulevard, Lawrence, Kansas.

November 14-15, 2016: Reframing 1916—University of Texas-Austin

To coincide with the release of the documentary 1916: The Irish Rebellion, the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies is partnering with the Government of Ireland and leading universities worldwide to host a series of academic events with an aim to engage in a scholarly response and reassessment of the events of 1916. Events will include day-long lectures, panels, and screenings of the documentary along with input by local historians and institutions. Local details to follow.

San Francisco and the West

September 2015-June 2016: Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library, Phoenix

Library and Cultural Center programming will examine the causes and aftermath of the Easter Rising through guest lectures, book discussions, a multi-media presentation, film series, and a world class exhibit providing a visual history of the Rising and its role in the development of modern Ireland.

September 2015–April 2016: Remembering the Easter Rising: Historical Context and Cultural Legacy Book Discussions McClelland Irish Library, Phoenix, Arizona

As part of the 1916 Easter Rising Commemoration, the Book Discussion Group will focus on the decade starting with the 1913 Dublin Strike and Lockout through the 1916 Easter Rising to the close of the Civil War in 1923. Selected texts include novels, plays, and poetry. Of the seven writers that will be discussed, four participated in the events of 1916 and the other three experienced the formative years of the Irish Republic.

January 30: W. B. Yeats, Selected poetry and Cathleen ni Houlihan
February 27: Sean O’Casey, The Plough and the Stars
March 26: Liam O’Flaherty, The Informer
April 30: Frank O’Connor, “Guests of the Nation” (short story)

Book discussions will be held from 10:30 AM to 12:30 p.m. in the McClelland Library’s Norton Room.

October 2015–June 2016: Remembering the Easter Rising: Historical Context and Cultural Legacy Exhibition McClelland Irish Library, Phoenix, Arizona

Includes period pieces, books, rare papers and photos. Special themes in the exhibit include women in the Rising, the American connection and World War I. The McClelland Irish Library, 1106 N. Central Ave, Phoenix, Arizona 85004-1817. 10.00 a.m.–3.00 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and 10.00 a.m.–8.00 p.m. Wednesday.

February 2, 2016: Remembering the Easter Rising: Lecture Series, McClelland Irish Library, Phoenix, Arizona

Dr. Nicholas Allen’s lecture will focus on the cultural impact and legacy of the Easter Rising in literature, theatre, music, and nation building. This will include the pertinent works of famous Irish authors such as Yeats, O’Flaherty, O’Casey and others, and will offer some historical perspective on the Rising after 100 years. The McClelland Irish Library, 1106 N. Central Ave, Phoenix, Arizona, 7.00 p.m.

February 16, 2016: Áine Phillips: “Performance Art in Ireland”

Aine Phillips looks at the evolving practice and challenges of writing and researching Irish performance art and how this informs new art historical studies of contemporary performance and live art, both nationally and internationally. Part of Culture Ireland’s I Am Ireland programme. San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut St., 12.00 noon. Part of Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme

February 27, 2016: 1916 Centenary Concert

The Irish Heritage Club and the University of Washington Ethnomusicology Programme present a concert to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Rising. Featuring renowned Irish musician Mick Moloney on vocals, guitar, mandolin, tenor banjo and octave mandolin, and former Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra violinist Athena Tergis on the five-string fiddle, this concert will feature tunes and songs from both sides of the Atlantic that especially commemorate Ireland’s rebellion against British rule. Brechemin Auditorium, University of Washington, Seattle, 7.00 p.m.

February and March 2016: Téada–reAwakening

Inspired by the remarkable artistic flourishing of the Irish at home and abroad in the 100-year period from 1916 onwards, reAwakening sees leading Irish band Téada set historic musical and song material beginning from the early 20th century to a backdrop of archival video footage and still images from the 1916 Rising. February 28: Yuma Theatre at the Yuma Arts Center, Yuma, Arizona. March 6, Sherwood Center for the Arts, Sherwood, Oregon, March 10 and 11: Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix, Arizona. Part of Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

March 12, 2016: Remembering the Rising: A commemoration of the events of 1916

The Irish Congress of Southern California will commemorate the events of 1916 in their annual St. Patrick’s Day parade and Irish Festival, the largest in Southern California. Balboa Park, San Diego, 9.00am Festival start time.

March 26, 2016: Remembering the Easter Rising: Multimedia Presentation, McClelland Library, Phoenix, Arizona

Presented by Jim Daugherty, this multimedia presentation features live music, historical perspectives, and reflections on the causes and outcomes of the 1916 Easter Rising. The McClelland Irish Library, 1106 N. Central Ave, Phoenix, Arizona 85004-1817.

March 2016: Cahoots NI presents Egg

Join three madcap birds on an adventure of a lifetime as they grapple with growing up and giving in to their natural instincts to take flight. This funny, delightful and sometimes bittersweet tale resonates as strongly with adults in the audience as it does with children.

March 12-15: The Eli & Edythe Broad Stage at Santa Monica College, 1310 11th Street, Santa Monica, CA.
March 19-24: Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 600 Town Center Drive, Costa Mesa, CA.
March 21-22: McCallum Theatre Institute, 73000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert, CA.

Part of Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

March and October 2016: Activating Pangea

Exhibition curated by MART. Activating Pangea is an exhibition of work by Irish artists (Brian Duggan, Margaret O’Brien, Sofie Loscher, Adam Gibney) artwork reflecting on geopolitics and how we understand our own identity and culture over time and space. Showing at several galleries including the Los Angeles Centre for Digital Art. Part of Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

April 16, 2016: Friends of St. Patrick Irish History Meeting: “1916 Rebellion”

Lecture on the history of Ireland with regards to the centenary of the 1916 Rising. O’Toole’s Celtic Room, 902 Nuuanu Avenue, Honolulu, HI.

April 21–28, 2016: Irish spotlight at the 2016 Newport Beach Film Festival

The Festival will include an “Irish Spotlight” film and event, as well as a number of additional Irish feature length and short films, including AFTER ’16, a specially curated programme of short films, funded by the Irish Film Board. Part of Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

April 22, 2016: Ireland’s Poet–Patriots, A Musical Tribute

Ireland’s Poet-Patriots is a musical tribute to Ireland’s struggle for independence, including the seminal moment of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic of 1916. The texts of the concert are drawn from the writings and poems of 10 of Ireland’s most respected poets and patriots, from Emmet and Pearse to Ledwidge and Yeats. The music is both Irish traditional and original contemporary classical music composed and adapted by Richard B. Evans. 8.00 p.m. Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., San Francisco.

April 22-24, 2016: Eire 1916: A Tale of Revolution

An original play, musical and multimedia performance bringing to life a turbulent time in Irish history, told through drama and song. Sponsored by the Irish Club of Alaska. Grant Hall Theater, Alaska Pacific University Campus. April 22 and 23, 7.00 p.m. April 24, 3.00 p.m

April 30–May 8, 2016:Theatre Lovett presents The Girl who Forgot to Sing Badly

Presented by one of Ireland’s leading children’s theatre companies, The Girl who Forgot to Sing Badly tells a tale of love, loss, adventure and courage. Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 9390 N. Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills, California Part of Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

May 15–June 5, 2016: Americanitis Presents The Seagull and Other Birds presented by Pan Pan Theatre

The Seagull and Other Birds is a reimagining of Anton Chekhov’s comic masterpiece. Pan Pan is the longest-established contemporary theatre company in Ireland. Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture, San Francisco, as part of the San Francisco International Arts Festival. Part of Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

Spring 2016: University of California, Berkeley Conference on 1916

Conference to mark the anniversary of the events of 1916 led by UC Berkeley’s Celtic Studies Program.

November 9–December 18, 2016: The Beauty Queen of Leenane presented by Druid Theatre Company

The Beauty Queen of Leenane is a 1996 dark comedy by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh which is set in the mountains of Connemara, County Galway. Druid is a world class theatre company based in the West of Ireland producing and presenting work with boldness, agility and passion. Mark Taper Forum, 135 N. Grand Ave., Los Angeles. Part of Culture Ireland’s I am Ireland programme.

November 16-17, 2016: Reframing 1916—University of California, Berkeley

To coincide with the release of the documentary 1916: The Irish Rebellion, the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies is partnering with the Government of Ireland and leading universities worldwide to host a series of academic events with an aim to engage in a scholarly response and reassessment of the events of 1916. Events will include day-long lectures, panels, and screenings of the documentary along with input by local historians and institutions. Local details to follow.

Events in 2015

Just as the events of the Rising were set in train long before Easter 1916, so too did the US programme of commemorations begin in advance of 1 January 2016. Here are some of the highlights of the commemorations programme of 2015:

May 13, 2015: Launch of lecture series at the Consulate General

The Consulate launched an historical lecture series in May 2015, in conjunction with New York GAA and the Ancient Order of Hibernians. The inaugural lecture was delivered by Professor Mary Daly, President of the Royal Irish Academy.

June 27-29, 2015: O’Donovan Rossa Commemoration

Over the course of the weekend of 27 – 29 June 2015, a range of events took place to commemorate the life and death of Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa. These included a GAA tournament at Gaelic Park in the Bronx; a community and cultural celebration in Queens; and a mass and wreath laying ceremony at the O’Donovan Rossa memorial at St. Peter’s Church in Staten Island. These events were led by the Cork Association in New York, New York GAA, the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) and the Ladies AOH, with the support of the Irish Consulate General in New York.

August 14, 2015: Women in the Easter Rising of 1916

Dr. Marguerite Helmers from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh presented a lecture on “Women in the Easter Rising of 1916” as part of the 2015 Milwaukee Irish Fest.

September 17, 2015: An Evening of Traditional Music celebrating the Easter Rising

Glucksman Ireland House, NYU, 1 Washington Mews, 7 p.m. ticketed event.

September 21, 2015: Irish Women Writers Symposium : “Women of 1916 Panel”

Kelly Sullivan, Ide Carroll, Lauren Arrington speak about four featured writers in a program sponsored by the Institute for Irish Studies, Fordham University, South Lounge, Lowenstein, Fordham Lincoln Center campus, 113 W. 60th Street, 1916 panel 1-2:30 p.m. Kwalsh36@fordham.edu

September 26, 2015: Hudson Valley Irish Fest

Hudson Valley Irish Center, Peekskill Riverfront Green Park, Peekskill, 11:30 a.m. featuring Word Tent with discussion about 1916. Admission $10. dandennehy@hotmail.com;

October 9-11, 2015: iBAM 100th Anniversary Commemoration of the 1916 Easter Rising

From 9 to 11 October, iBAM, the Irish Boorks, Art and Music Festival at the Irish American Heritage Center in Chicago celebrated the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising including a special concert of story and song featuring the Signatories of the 1916 proclamation, a screening of the film A Terrible Beauty, and an exhibition on James Connolly. Panel discussions included “Irish and Irish American Women in the Irish Independence movement” and “Art and Politics: how political upheaval has inspired artists imaginations”

October 15, 2015: Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa, John Devoy and the Road to the Rising

The launches of Shane Kenna’s Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa. Unrepentant Fenian and the new edition of Terry Golway’s John Devoy and America’s Fight for Irish Freedom. Visit the AIHS exhibition of Devoy and Rossa materials. American Irish Historical Society, 991 Fifth Avenue, 7 p.m., ticketed event. Co-sponsored by the American Irish Historical Society and Glucksman Ireland House, NYU. aihs@aihs.org

October 18, 2015: 1916 Easter Rising Memorial Fundraiser.

Irish American Society of Nassau, Suffolk and Queens, 297 Willis Avenue, Mineola. 2-6 p.m. $20 admission includes food and live music.

October 25, 2015: Framing the Rising

Dr. Robert K. O’Neill will deliver a lecture on the causes and events surrounding the 1916 Rising and will frame the historical context of the Rising while addressing the issues and questions posed by the event. The McClelland Irish Library, 1106 N. Central Ave, Phoenix, Arizona, 7.00pm.

October 29, 2015: Ernie O’Malley Lecture: Professor Francis M. Carroll, “The United Irish League of America, 1910-1918: The Center Did Not Hold.”

Glucksman Ireland House, NYU,Meyer Building, 4 Washington Place, 7 p.m.

October 31, 2015: The New York Carmelites & Irish Independence

Glucksman Ireland House, NYU. 1 Washington Mews, 2 p.m. Co-sponsored by the New York Irish History Roundtable and Glucksman Ireland House, NYU.

November 7, 2015: Annual Conference of the American Irish Teachers Association

American Irish Teachers Association Annual Meeting, including presentations such as Teaching the Rising: Three Lessons that Link 1916 with the Core Curriculum Liederkranz Club, 6 E. 87th St., 9-5.

November 7, 2015 “Women of the Rising” Lecture by Marilyn Madigan

On 7 November 2015 the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians National Historian Marilyn Madigan delivered a lecture on the topic of the women of the Rising at Maryland Irish Fest.

November 12, 2015: Screening of Mise Eire

Introduction by Maureen Murphy. Hofstra University, 246 Axinn Library, 6:00 p.m.

November 17-19, 2015 The Private View: Fairytales of Ireland 1916-2016

How should the Irish revolution be remembered today? Why can’t we talk about this stuff without having an argument? And what does it mean to be Irish anyway? These questions are explored in this provocative new monologue about an English Soldier who accepted the surrender of Patrick Pearse at the end of the Rising before becoming a famous actor in Hollywood. American Irish Historical Society & The Little Museum of Dublin.

November 18, 2015: “Her Exiled Children”: Voices in America and the 1916 Easter Rising

Directed by George C. Heslin. The Sheen Center for Thought and Culture. 18 Bleecker St. Sponsored by Glucksman Ireland House, NYU. 7 p.m. ticketed.

November 18, 2015: “Miltarism or Modernism? Intellectual Origins of the Easter Rising, Dublin 1916

Lecture by Declan Kiberd, a member of the English Department and the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame, where he is the Donald and Marilyn Keough Professor of Irish Studies and professor of English. Boston College, Merkert Hall, Room 127, 7pm.

November 20, 2015: Irish in America: Immigration, Religion and Politics

Faculty from the University of Notre Dame and Boston College explore connections between Ireland and the United States. The event includes a clip from an upcoming documentary produced by the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies on the 1916 Irish Rebellion. Boston Marriott Copley Place, Salon C-D, Boston, Massachusetts.

December 10, 2015: Historical Lecture Series at the Consulate of Ireland: Prof. Richard Aldous, “The Proclamation and Irish Independence”

Presented with the support of the New York GAA and the New York AOH. Irish Consulate, 345 Park Avenue, 17th floor, 6:00 p.m. mary.deady[at]dfa[dot]ie

December 15, 2015: Centenary Commemoration of the Death of Captain Edward O’Meagher Condon

Discussion of Condon’s biography by Bob O’Brien, commemoration and reception. American Irish Historical Society, 991 Fifth Avenue, 7:00 p.m. Free admission but RSVP at 212-288-2263, rpedersen@bryancave.com