31st Annual Marathon Celebration of James Joyce’s Ulysses


Hosted and Staged by Isaiah Sheffer

Symphony Space in partnership with the Irish Arts Center

Saturday, June 16
7pm until after midnight

Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th StreetNew YorkNY

There’s no better way to greet summer than with Symphony Space’s 31st annual BLOOMSDAY ON BROADWAY, celebrating the life, love, and language in James Joyce's ULYSSESThis year we pay tribute to the music and songs throughout Ulysses with “Music in Bloom.” For the first time in Bloomsday on Broadway history, listen to a reading of the entire “Sirens” episode with full performances of the music central to the drama.  Broadway star DAVID MARGULIES performs the role of Mr. Bloom and director-host ISAIAH SHEFFER narrates.  And, of course, no Bloomsday on Broadway would be complete without FIONNULA FLANAGAN bringing down the house with the final “yes” of the entire uncensored Molly Bloom monologue. 

Many special guests will be added!  Tickets on sale now!

Tickets:  $25; Members $20; UNDER 30 (with ID) only $15
$20 tickets with code: BLOOM

Visit for the most up-to-date performance information! 


Writing & Storytelling Workshop with Honor Molloy

Honor Molloy


Sunday, May 20 | 1 pm – 5 pm

“I have seen many perform their written work over the last forty years, but it is easy to say that Honor Molloy, on the page or in person, is one of the very best I have ever experienced.”

Stanley Crouch, critic, columnist, novelist

Enjoy a day discussing your fiction, connecting with fellow writers and learning strategies to address how to face open mics.

Honor Molloy will lead a writing and storytelling workshop for fiction writers. In this class, writers will explore several aspects of the short story in a craft discussion and get their creative juices flowing with writing exercises and prompts. This workshop will also be focused on reading your writing in public, which can bring awareness to the tone, pacing and word choice of your story. Participants should come to the workshop with a completed story, ready to be shared with the group. Honor Molloy will offer writers tips and give each person a chance to rehearse with an audience of fellow writers to gain concentration and confidence.

For new and practicing writers. Limited to 15 students.

Fee: $50 non-member / $45 member, senior or student under 16

Honor Molloy holds an MFA from Brown University and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. Born in Dublin, Honor Molloy lives in Brooklyn.


Smarty Girl: Dublin Savage
An Audio Book Launch with Music, Song and Storytelling

In association with Irish American Writers and Artists

Honor Molloy


Tuesday, May 15 | 7:30 pm

A magical evening of music and story that conjures a vanished Dublin.

Author Honor Molloy joins forces with actor Aedin Moloney (Dancing at Lughansa), author Kevin Holohan (The Brothers’Lot) and Grammy Award-winner Susan McKeown to celebrate the publication of Smarty Girl: Dublin Savage. Molloy’s autobiographical novel is a tender, irresistible and raucous portrait of 1960sDublin, as seen through the eyes of a precocious little girl with a fierce imagination. Smarty Girl: Dublin Savage will come alive with readings by Moloney, Holohan and Molloy, and music sung by McKeown (Simon & Schuster Audio).

“I have seen many perform their written work over the last forty years, but it is easy to say that Honor Molloy, on the page or in person, is one of the very best I have ever experienced.” –Stanley Crouch, critic, columnist, novelist

Honor Molloy holds an MFA from Brown University and has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard, and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. Born in Dublin, Honor Molloy lives in Brooklyn.

Honor Molly discusses her SMARTY GIRL audiobook 


Admission: FREE

If you need assistance placing your order, call 866-811-4111.


Pen, Paper, Palate Literary Salon

Tuesday, May 8th | 6.30 pm-9.30 pm

La Petite Maison, 13-15 West 54th Street | New York, NY

Author Frank Delaney presents an evening to tantalize the senses as a panel of American, French and Irish personalities celebrate food and writing at the third Pen, Paper and Palate Salon, curated by Ruda Beresford Dauphin. With a special menu for audience members who wish to linger, and time for discussion and book signings, Pen, Paper and Palate promises to stimulate the culinary creativity of every person in attendance.

Including live music from the internationally acclaimed Irish violinist Gregory Harrington and French-Canadian cabaret performer Jean Brassard 

Panel Discussion

“Food and Pleasure”

Led by Author, BBC presenter, Booker Prize Judge Frank Delaney

  • Executive Pastry Chef at the White House and Harvard lecturer Bill Yosses, author of The Perfect Finish and Desserts For Dummies
  • New York City restaurateur Drew Nieporent whose Myriad Restaurant Group operates venues such as the Tribeca Grill and the two Michelin starred Nobu, co-owned by Robert De Niro
  • French Michelin star-winning chef Gabriel Kreuther of The Modern in the Museum of Modern Art who won Best Chef of New York from the James Beard Foundation
  • Nationally renowned food writer and columnist for The New York Times  Florence Fabricant

Tickets: $20

For more information: Ruda Dauphin T: +1 212 737 5040 


Bill Yosses, Executive Pastry Chef at the White House, author of “The Perfect Finish,” a collection of recipes from his vast personal repertoire, and a visiting lecturer on Food and Science at Harvard University

Drew Nieporent, one of America’s most respected
 and celebrated restaurateurs, and founder of Myriad Restaurant Group which operates Tribeca Grill with partner Robert DeNiro and the global phenomenon Nobu

Gabriel Kreuther, the Alsatian-born head chef of the Michelin-rated restaurant The Modern at the famed Museum of Modern Art and 2009 winner of the Best Chef of New York from the James Beard Foundation

Florence Fabricant, a nationally renowned food writer and columnist for The New York Timesdining section and author of 11 cookbooks including, most recently, a book written with The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Pen, Paper and Palate is presented in partnership with the Irish Arts Center and with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.


Kathleen Hill

An Evening with Kathleen Hill
in conversation with Mary Gordon

Tuesday, May 1 | 7:30 pm

“A memorable portrait of a family’s identity.”—Publishers Weekly

“If you love Howard’s EndTo The Lighthouse, Joyce’s Dubliners…this is the book for you.”— Mary Gordon

A 2010 New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, Kathleen Hill’s finely wrought novel Who Occupies This House tells the story of four generations of an Irish American family, faced with the imminent sale of the family home they have lived in for almost a century. Join us for an evening with Kathleen Hill in conversation with Mary Gordon, professor at Barnard and author of several bestselling novels, including Final Payments and The Company of Women.

Kathleen Hill teaches in the M.F.A. program at Sarah Lawrence College. Her first novel Still Waters in Niger was named a notable book by The New York Times,Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, and was nominated for the Dublin IMPAC Award. Her stories have appeared in Best American Short Stories, Pushcart Prize XXV, and The Pushcart Book of Short Stories.

Admission: FREE

If you need assistance placing your order, call 866-811-4111


Meghan O'Rourke

An Evening with Meghan O’Rourke
in conversation with Belinda McKeon

Tuesday, April 3 | 7:30 pm

“a beautiful memoir about her loss of a truly irreplaceable mother—yes, it is sad, it is in fact heartrending, but it is many things more: courageous, inspiring, wonderfully intelligent and informed, and an intimate portrait of an American family”—Joyce Carol Oates

Join us for an evening with celebrated poet and critic Meghan O’Rourke, for the paperback launch of her recent memoir The Long Goodbye. O’Rourke will be joined in conversation by Belinda McKeon(Solace, IAC PoetryFest and Imagine Ireland literary curator).

The Long Goodbye chronicles the author’s path through grief after the loss of her mother to cancer at age fifty-five. Recording the endeavor ultimately bloomed into a profound look at the fleeting moments of joy that make up a life and  the way memory and love prevails after even the most devastating loss.

Meghan O’Rourke began her career as one of the youngest editors in the history of The New Yorker. She has served as an editor for Slate and The Paris Review, and her essays, criticism, and poems have appeared in The New Yorker The New York Times MagazineThe NationVogue, and more. O’Rourke is also the author of the poetry collections Once (2011) and Halflife (2007).

Admission: FREE

If you need assistance placing your order, call 866-811-4111.

Peter Behrens

An Evening with Peter Behrens

in association with
Consulate General of Canada
Glucksman Ireland House – New York University

Tuesday, March 6 | 7:30 pm

"Behrens is a natural storyteller and his scope is vast." —VANCOUVER SUN

“epic, a piece of rough beauty itself” –PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

“Illuminating…an epic along the lines of Middlesex in the way it follows a family through time and examines the results of their actions…A brooding novel, engrossing in its scope and detail, The O'Briens keeps sight of the family's personal stories amid the larger history of much of the twentieth century."—BOOKLIST

An unforgettable saga of love, loss, and exhilaratingchange spanning half a century in the lives of a restless family.

The O'Briens is a tale that pours straight from the heart of a splendid, tragic, ambitious clan. Picking up a generation later from Behrens’ award-winningThe Law of Dreams—a harrowing tale of potato famine Ireland and immigration—we now meet Joe O’Brien, a fiercely compelling character who exchanges isolation and poverty in the Canadian wilds for a share in the dazzling possibilities and consuming sorrows of the twentieth century. When Joe meets Iseult Wilkins we begin the story of a marriage and a family moving through history—from the first flying machines, through two world wars, and the election of JFK—told with epic precision and wondrous imagination.

Peter Behrens is the author of The Law of Dreams and Night Driving, a collection of short stories. His short stories and essays have appeared in many publications, including The Atlantic and Tin House. He has received a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University, among other honors. 

Admission: FREE

If you need assistance placing your order, call 866-811-4111.


NYPL at Nite: European Book Club at NYPL - THE SEA by John Banville

in partnership with Irish Arts Center

Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Mid-Manhattan Library

The European Book Club Comes to NYPL

With the Participation of the Irish Arts Center

John Banville's The Sea

Max Morden, a widowed Irish art historian, is returning to a seaside boarding-house he once knew as a child on the cusp of adolescence. He has arrived there in order to deal with, in some roundabout way, the death of his wife. There, he remembers the Graces, the well-heeled family that introduced him to a world of feelings, experienced through the strange suddenness of both love and death for the first time. Interwoven with this story are Morden's luminous, powerful and unpredictable memories of his wife, Anna--of their life together, of her death. What Max comes to understand about the past, and about its indelible effects on him, is at the center of this elegiac, gorgeously written novel — among the finest we have had from this masterful writer. Winner of the Man Booker Award

John Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945. The author of thirteen previous novels, he has been the recipient of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the GuardianFiction Prize, and a Lannan Literary Award for Fiction. He lives in Dublin.

Register at:

This event will take place on the First Floor Corner Room 


Featuring Hundreds of Titles
by Authors Including

Catherine Barry
Kevin Barry
Dan Barry
Sebastian Barry
Peter Behrens
Ciaran Berry
Denise Blake
Mary Branley
Yvonne  Cassidy
Eoin Colfer
Mary Curran Hackett
Frank Delaney
Roddy Doyle
T.J. English
Michael J. Farrell
Conor Grennan
Pete Hamill
Deborah Henry
James Joyce
Robert Kanigel
Claire Keegan
Colum McCann
Belinda McKeon
Brian Moore
Thomas Mullen
Regina  O’Melveny
Joseph O'Neill
Meghan O'Rourke
Steward Parker
John T. Ridge
Gerald Smyth
Laurence Sterne
Patrick Taylor
Colm Tóibín
William Trevor
Oscar Wilde
Joseph  Woods
and more!

Irish Arts Center Book Day 2012

in association with
New York City Council,
Culture Ireland

Friday, March 16 | Early morning until the books run out!

Irish Arts Center will kick off the Friday of St. Patrick’s Day weekend with the second annual Irish Arts Center Book Day! Keep an eye out for Book Day volunteers handing out 10,000 works by Irish and Irish American authors, free, at subway stops and transportation hubs across all five boroughs. Be in the know on Book Day locations and other Book Day buzz by following our up-to-the-minute Twitter (#IACBookDay) and Facebook updates.

Chinese translations will be available!

Starting at 7:30 am until the books run out!

The locations are:

1. Queens #1: Jackson Heights Post Office, 78-02 37th Avenue at 78th StreetJackson Heights, NY 11372. Down the street from Roosevelt Avenue station.

2. Queens #2: Southeast corner of Roosevelt Avenue and 61st Street at Woodside / 61st Street stop on the 7 train.

3. Brooklyn #1: Northeast corner of 7th Ave and 9th Street F train station.

4. Brooklyn #2: Northeast corner of Havemeyer St. and Broadway at the Marcy Avenue J train station(please note: from 7:30am to 10:30am during rush hour)

5. The Bronx: Parkchester 6 Subway station, 177th StreetBronxNY

6. Manhattan #1: Southwest corner of Canal Street and Centre Street, at the J, Z, N, Q train station entrance on Centre.

7. Manhattan #2: 72nd and Broadway at 1 train station.

8. Staten Island: St. George Terminal Staten Island1 Bay StreetStaten IslandNY 10301


Rain plan!

The following Book Day locations will go ahead as planned:

Brooklyn – Park Slope: Northeast corner of 7th Ave and 9th Street F train station (will move into tunnel at entrance).

Brooklyn South Williamsburg: Northeast corner of Havemeyer St. and Broadway at the Marcy Avenue J train station (please note: from 7:30am to 10:30am during rush hour)

The Bronx: Parkchester 6 Subway station, 177th Street, Bronx, NY

Queens - Woodside: Southeast corner of Roosevelt Avenue and 61st Street at Woodside / 61st Street stop on the 7 train.

Staten Island: St. George Terminal Staten Island, 1 Bay Street, Staten Island, NY 10301

For info on the following locations in case of heavy rain, please check IAC Facebook and Twitter for most up-to-date information:

Manhattan –Upper West Side: 72nd and Broadway at 1 train station.

Manhattan - Chinatown: Southwest corner of Canal Street and Centre Street, at the J, Z, N, Q train station entrance on Centre Street.

Queens –Jackson Heights: Jackson Heights Post Office, 78-02 37th Avenue at 78th Street, Jackson Heights, NY 11372. Down the street from the Roosevelt Avenue station.


Thank you for the generous support of our publishing sponsors:

Daedulus Books
Dedalus Press
Eight Cousins
Hachette Ireland
Harper Perennial
Ireland Literature Exchange
Irish Echo
Little, Brown and Company
The Munster Literature Centre
New York Review of Books
Oscar Wilde Centre, Trinity College Dublin
Pantheon Books, a division of Random House
Penguin Classic
Poetry Ireland
Quinnipiac University Press
Random House
Riverhead Books, A Division of Penguin Group
Stinging Fly Press & Magazine
Summer Palace Press
Syracuse University Press
The Overlook Press
Wake Forest University Press
William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers


"I want to thank you for your Book Day celebration. A delightful group of young people offered me a free book as I was entering the 72nd StreetSubway on Broadway. I got on the train with a smile on my face and a copy of Flann O’Brien’s Complete Novels.” – Book Day 2011 recipient, via Facebook


Donate your books to Irish Arts Center Book Day in New York City!

On March 16th, kicking-off St. Patrick’s Day weekend, Irish Arts Center will set up teams of volunteers at subway locations across all 5 boroughs to hand out books by Irish and Irish American authors to New Yorkers, for FREE. Help us promote literacy by dropping off your books by Irish and Irish American authors at any of the following locations from now until March 14, 2012:

Glucksman Ireland House New York University, 1 Washington Mews on 5th Avenue
Hours: M-Thur, 9:30 am to 6 pm, plus public events in the evenings
(212) 998-3950

Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street between 10th and 11th Avenues
Hours: M-F, 10am to 6pm, plus public events in the evenings and weekends
(212) 757-3318 x 209

New York Irish Center. 10-40 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City
Hours: M-F, 10am to 5pm

Books should be in decent condition. Thank you for supporting Irish Arts Center Book Day! For further information or to learn how you can also volunteer for Book Day, contact 212-757-3318 ext 209 or


On March 17 we partnered with Speaker Christine Quinn and the New York City Council for the first inaugural Irish Arts Center Book Day, where thousands of free books by Irish and Irish American authors were distributed to New Yorkers across all five boroughs.

The inaugural IAC Book Day 2011 was a success, grabbing headlines and news stories with major New York press outlets including

Click here to view a video of NY1's coverage


Thank you to Glucksman Ireland House –New York University and the New York Irish Center for helping make Book Day 2012 a success.

Special Thanks to our Sponsors and Partners

Culture Ireland
Deborah and Brian Henry
Matthew and Pam Sutherland
Martin Whelan
New York State American Irish Legislators Society
Eight Cousins Bookstore
Ireland Literature Exchange
Solas Nua
Glucksman Ireland House - New York University
New York Irish Center
52nd Street Project
Sweeney and Harkin
Commodore Construction Corp
Ellen McCourt

Brad Lander (Brooklyn)
Diana Reyna (Brooklyn)
Margaret Chin (Manhattan)
Gale Brewer (Manhattan)
Vincent Ignizio (Staten Island)
Deborah Rose (Staten Island)
Daniel Dromm (Queens) 
Jimmy Van Bramer (Queens)


Irish Arts Center Book Day is inspired by a similar event run by Solas Nua in Washington D.C. since 2006.


FALL 2011


“The Coen Brothers meet Carl Hiaasen in a brilliant, madcap mystery novel of fantastically realized characters engaged in a non-stop, fever-pitched crime thriller…Genius at work.”
—Author Ridley Pearson


Author Eoin Colfer

Sunday, September 18 | 6:30 pm

Join us for an entertaining evening with Eoin Colfer, Irish author of the internationally best selling Artemis Fowl series for young adults, as he makes his crime fiction debut with Plugged, published by The Overlook Press.

This wickedly funny crime thriller recounts the bizarre exploits of Daniel McEvoy, an Irish bouncer at a seedy New Jersey casino. McEvoy has a host of problems, least of which are his recent hair implants, as he tangles with the sudden death of his girlfriend, the disappearance of his unscrupulous doctor, and the growing threat of a menacing mob from his homeland. Both suspenseful and hilarious, full of head-spinning plot twists and nonstop banter, Plugged is a hair-raising new thriller from one of the most popular authors writing today.

Lisa Scottoline reviews ‘Plugged,’ by Eoin Colfer
“Colfer’s novel is dominated, driven and fully animated by a refreshingly original voice.”


Jimmy Breslin and Dan Barry 

Moderated by Wayne Barrett, journalist, fellow at the Nation Institute, and senior editor at The Village Voice for over 20 years*

Tuesday, September 20 | 7:30 pm

Join us for an evening with journalists Jimmy Breslin (The Daily News) and Dan Barry (The New York Times), talking baseball and more from two of the game’s biggest rival regions: New York and New England. The conversation will be moderated by Wayne Barrett, American journalist.

Breslin’s Branch Rickey and Barry’s Bottom of the 33rd: Hope, Redemption, and Baseball's Longest Game were both published this spring 2011.

*Please note that the moderator has changed for this event.

Praise for Jimmy Breslin’s Branch Rickey:

“Breslin, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, is a master of the spare narrative. His strength lies in the telling”
David Oshinsky, New York Times

“And what a book! It is about baseball --- but, really, it's about so much more. And it's the "much more" that makes this a sports book that should reach the widest possible audience.”
Jesse Kornbluth, The Huffington Post

Praise for Dan Barry’s Bottom of the 33rd: Hope, Redemption, and Baseball's Longest Game:

“A worthy companion to Roger Kahn’s classic Boys of Summer ... [Dan Barry] exploits the power of memory and nostalgia with literary grace and journalistic exactitude. He blends a vivid, moment-by-moment re-creation of the game with what happens to its participants in the next 30 years.”
Stefan Fatsis, New York Times

LA times
“A fascinating, beautifully told story... In the hands of Barry, a national correspondent for the New York Times, this marathon of duty, loyalty, misery and folly becomes a riveting narrative...The book feels like ‘Our Town’ on the diamond.”
Jon Thurber, Los Angeles Times

IAC PoetryFest2011




November 4 - 6

presented in association with 
Poetry Society of America, 
Poetry Ireland and Culture Ireland

Our third annual showcase of the best of Irish poetry from around the world, presented in the intimate setting of our Donaghy Theatre. 

IAC PoetryFest 2011 features a special tribute to the distinguished and influential Thomas Kinsella.

Featured poets: Nick Laird, Michael Longley, Dennis O’Driscoll, Sara Berkeley Tolchin, David Wheatley

Curated by Belinda McKeon and Aengus Woods
With support of Glucksman Ireland House – New York University and W.B. Yeats Society

Stay tuned for podcasts of readings from past PoetryFest participants and join our email list for our highly anticipated Poem-of-the-Day series to receive a poem from each of this year’s poets each morning leading up to the festival.

Admission: FREE

You can book a festival pass or separately to individual events

If you need assistance placing your order, call 866-811-4111.

Friday, November 4

Favorite Poems
Hosted by Alice Quinn, Executive Director,
Poetry Society of America 
8 pm
We once again launch the festival with Favorite Poems, featuring those influential, best-loved works, personally chosen and read by participating poets and some very special guests, including Anne Carson, Meghan O’Rourke, Vijay Seshadri, Timothy Donnelly and Marie Ponsot.

Saturday, November 5

Reading | Nick Laird and David Wheatley
2:30 pm 
Meet the Poets book signing to follow in IAC Gallery

Poet in Conversation
Michael Longley
Moderated by PoetryFest curator Belinda McKeon
5:30 pm

Reading | Michael Longley, Dennis O’Driscoll, Sara Berkeley Tolchin
7:30 pm 
Meet the Poets book signing to follow in IAC Gallery

Sunday, November 6

Film Screening
Thomas Kinsella: Personal Places
courtesy of RTÉ
1 pm

A Tribute to Thomas Kinsella: Citizen of the World
3 pm
From the early Auden-inspired verse of Downstream (1962) and Wormwood (1966) to the influence of American modernism and the darkly satirical tone of his later works, Thomas Kinsella’s oeuvre remains resolutely beyond the mainstream of Irish poetry. Yet he is, without doubt, one of the most vital voices of Irish poetry over the last five decades, and remains, at 83, one of the greatest poets of his time inside Ireland and out. He lives between his native Dublin and Philadelphia. Join us as we celebrate Kinsella with readings of his work by Irish and American friends in poetry and the arts. 

This event supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts, a public agency, and Imagine Ireland, Culture Ireland’s year of Irish arts in America in 2011.



“…terrific variety”
—Seamus Heaney, poet

“…the best stories poems and essays…
they shock, they sadden. Sometimes they make us laugh.”
—John O’Donnell, Poetry Ireland, on Cork Literary Review Vol. XII

Bradshaw Books Publishing launches

Cork Literary Review

edited by Eugene O’Connell

Thursday, November 17 | 7:30 pm

Cork Literary Review celebrates 25 years of Bradshaw Books Publishing in Ireland with the New York launch of Volume XIV of its seminal Irish anthology, edited by Eugene O’Connell. Highlights from the new, deluxe 400-page hardback edition include the inaugural American section, edited and introduced by award-winning American poet Brian Turner, a conversation between Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin and James Harpur, and poetry from the best of Irish contemporary writers, including Joseph Woods, Liam Ó Muirthille, Gabriel Fitzmaurice and Helen Kidd. Join us for an evening of readings and a reception with O’Connell, Turner and Woods.

Readings from Joseph Woods, Director of Poetry Ireland, Review Editor Eugene O’Connell, Eleanor Wilner (author, The Girl with Bees in Her Hair) and NYU professor Greg Londe.

Since it first appeared in 1994, the Cork Literary Review (Bradshaw Books) has evolved from a slim anthology of winning competition entries, into a widely respected, high-end literary journal through featured contributions from a host of noted Irish poets and writers, among them Seamus Heaney, Paul Durcan, Frank McGuinness, Jean O’Brien, Brian Turner, Medbh McGuckian, Eugene O’Connell, Mary Rose Callan and Roderick Ford. 


This program is supported, in part, by Imagine Ireland, Culture Ireland’s year of Irish arts in America in 2011.


LagnadoThe Arrogant Years:
One Girl's Search for Her Lost Youth,
from Cairo to Brooklyn

(Ecco/HarperCollins, 2011)

Wednesday, November 30 | 7 pm

Author Lucette Lagnado in conversation with Malachy McCourt (A Monk Swimming)

Bestselling memoirists Lagnado and McCourt have a lively conversation about their immigrant stories and discuss Lagnado’s poignant, new book, a follow-up to her award-winning The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit.

Co-sponsored by the Irish Arts Center

Admission: $10, $5 IAC and Museum members





A Bloomsday Breakfast in Bryant Park in 150 seconds:


A longer version of A Bloomsday Breakfast, including live readings from Ulysses:


Culture Ireland and Irish Arts Center
invite you to join us for
A Bloomsday Breakfast in Bryant Park
with music from Songs of Joyce
and Special Guests

Thursday, June 16, 2011 | 8 am

The Upper Terrace at Bryant Park
Behind the New York Public Library
Near 5th Avenue and 40/42nd Street

Observed annually on June 16th, Bloomsday is a worldwide commemoration of James Joyce and his epic novel Ulysses, the events of which took place on the same day in Dublin in 1904.

Fionnula Flanagan (actor)
James Newman (actor)
Charlotte Moore (artistic director, Irish Repertory Theatre)
Terry George (director)
Michael Noonan, Minister for Finance, Ireland
Isaiah Sheffer (founding artistic director, Symphony Space)
Aedin Moloney (director)

This event is part of Imagine Ireland, Culture Ireland’s year of Irish arts in America.

Breakfast hors d'oeuvres courtesy of Tommy Moloney's
In cooperation with Bryant Park Corporation.

IAC Irish Arts Center


Consul General Noel Kilkenny, Hanora O'Dea Kilkenny, Michael Noonan, T.D., Minister for Finance, Ireland, Pauline Turley, Aidan Connolly and Catherine Hogan Conlon and Angela Murphy.
Photo Credit Erin Baiano


Darrah Carr Dance
Photo Credit IAC


Edwardian Ensemble Kimberly Carvalho and Peter Waluck.
Photo Credit Erin Baiano


Fionnula Flanagan reading Ulysses
Photo Credit Erin Baiano


Bloomsday enthusiasts enjoying Episode 1, Telemachus of James Joyce's Ulysses
Photo Credit IAC


Isaiah Sheffer, founding artistic director of Symphony Space
Photo Credit IAC


James Newman
Photo Credit IAC


A captive audience listens to a reading from Ulysses.
Photo Credit Erin Baiano


Aidan Connolly, Fionnula Flanagan, Belinda McKeon and Isaiah Sheffer
Photo Credit Erin Baiano


Darrah Carr Dance
Photo Credit Erin Baiano


Edwardian Ensemble Julia Giolzetti and Mitchell Conway enjoying a stroll.
Photo Credit Erin Baiano


Bloomsday dancer Russell Brown reading Ulysses.
Photo Credit Erin Baiano


Songs of Joyce
Photo Credit Erin Baiano


Ulysses by James Joyce
Photo Credit Erin Baiano


IACSymphony Space presents:

Bloomsday on Broadway XXX
30th Annual Marathon Celebration of James Joyce’s Ulysses

Thursday, June 16 | Noon until 1am

Peter Jay Sharp Theater at Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th Street

Don’t miss Symphony Space’s annual June 16 celebration of life, love, literature, language, and lust in James Joyce’s ULYSSES! The readings follow Mr. Bloom and Stephen Dedalus around Dublin, from the tower to the library to the barrooms to the seaside to the brothels – and back home again!! This year’s 13-hour marathon reading by over 80 Broadway stars and avid Joyceans, samples all 18 episodes of the book concluding when FIONNULA FLANAGAN reaches the final “yes” of the entire uncensored Molly Bloom monologue.

Admission: $25 general / $20 members or 212-864-5400


“A necessary examination of the people, passions and maligned principles by which New York City once lived and died. T.J. English has a magnificent sense of the manner in which people, landscape, and history are bound together. Every world is a corner and every corner is a world.”
— Colum McCann,
author of
Let the Great
World Spin

The Savage City: Race, Murder,
and a Generation on the Edge
Author T.J. English 

Moderated by Jim Dwyer, journalist, The New York Times

Thursday, May 26 | 7:30 pm

Join us for an evening with The New York Times bestselling author T.J. English, as he discusses his recent publication, The Savage City. 

T.J. English discusses
The Savage City
on The Daily Show

Read more about T.J. English and The Savage City

For anyone who wants to understand contemporary America, the civil rights era remains one of the most inspiring—and troubling—periods in our history. Though America’s struggle with race relations at the time is usually told through the dramatic struggles of the South—in places like Selma, Montgomery, and Memphis—similar, if less well-remembered, conflicts were taking place in major urban cities in the North. The Savage City explores the story of this volatile period in New York City’s history through the eyes of three desperate men—an innocent man wrongly accused of murder, a corrupt cop, and a militant Black Panther.

T. J. English is a noted journalist, screenwriter, and author of The New York Times bestsellers Havana Nocturne and Paddy Whacked, as well as The Westies, a national bestseller, and Born to Kill, which was nominated for an Edgar Award. He has written for Esquire, Playboy, and New York, among other publications. His screenwriting credits include episodes for the television crime dramas NYPD Blue and Homicide, for which he was awarded the Humanitas Prize. He lives in New York City.

Jim Dwyer began writing the About New York column in April 2007. He has spent most of his professional life covering New York as a reporter, columnist and author. He joined the Times in May 2001 after stints at the Daily News, New York Newsday and several papers in northern New Jersey.Born and raised in the city, Jim is the son of Irish immigrants. For the last 30 years, he has lived in Washington Heights with his family.

Read more about Jim Dwyer

Admission: FREE

IACIrish Arts Center and Irish American Writers and Artists Present
Tabloid City
Author Pete Hamill

Tuesday, May 10 | 7:30 pm

In a stately West Village townhouse, a wealthy socialite and her secretary are murdered. In the 24 hours that follow, a flurry of activity circles around their shocking deaths. The head of one of the city's last tabloids stops the presses. A cop investigates the killing. A reporter chases the story. A disgraced hedge fund manager flees the country. An Iraq War vet seeks revenge. And an angry young extremist plots a major catastrophe.

The City is many things: a proving ground, a decadent playground, or a palimpsest of memories—a historic metropolis eclipsed by modern times. As much a thriller as it is a gripping portrait of the city of today, Tabloid City is a new fiction classic from the writer who has captured it perfectly for decades. Join us Tuesday, May 10th in welcoming best selling author, essayist and award-winning journalist Pete Hamill as he reads from his latest work, Tabloid City.

Admission: FREE


Featuring Hundreds of Titles
by Authors Including

Claire Keegan
Colum McCann
David Monaghan
Eamon Grennan
Edna O'Brien
Flann O'Brien
Frank Delaney
Frank McCourt
Frank O'Connor
Gerard O'Donovan
Greg Delanty
Ivana Lull
John Connolly
Joseph O'Connor
Joseph Woods
Kevin Holohan
Maeve Binchy
Malachy McCourt
Mary Pat Kelly
Michael Patrick McDonald
Oscar Wilde
Pete Hamill
Peter Quinn
Robert Sullivan
and more!

Irish Arts Center Book Day

March 17, 2011
6:00 am until the books run out!

In association with
Speaker Christine Quinn/New York City Council
Imagine Ireland, as part of Culture Ireland
Ireland Literature Exchange
Solas Nua

Special Thanks to Sponsors and Partners
New York State American Irish Legislators Society
American Irish Historical Society
Glucksman Ireland House – New York University
New York Irish Center
Poetry Ireland
52nd Street Project
Deborah and Brian Henry

Book Distribution Locations

72nd Street and Broadway (Entrance to the IRT 1,2,3) North east corner of Dyckman/Broadway in Inwood (Entrance to the subway at Dyckman/200th Street)

Parkchester #6 Subway Station

Jackson Heights Post Office, 78-02 37th Avenue Station at 78th Street

Northeast Corner of 7th Ave and 9th Street F Station

St. George Ferry Terminal, 1 Bay Street

In partnership with Speaker Christine Quinn and the New York City Council, Irish Arts Center will celebrate the inaugural Irish Arts Center Book Day on St. Patrick’s Day 2011! Keep an eye out for Book Day volunteers handing out books by Irish and Irish American authors, free, at subway stops and transportation hubs across all five boroughs, and be in the know on Book Day locations during the day by following our up-to-the-minute Twitter and Facebook updates. Books will be handed out starting at 6:00 am until we run out! 

Thank you for the generous support of our sponsors Akashic Books, Atria Books, Beacon Press, Bloodaxe Books, Bloomsbury, Bradshaw Books, Council Oak Books, Eterna Credencia Editora, Everyman’s Library, Free Press, Harper Perennial, Harper Paperbacks, Knopf, Little, Brown and Company, The Overlook Press, Poetry Ireland, Random House, Scribner, Simon & Schuster, Stinging Fly Press & Magazine and Tigh Filí Arts Centre


Donate your books to the inaugural
Irish Arts Center Book Day in 
New York City!

On St. Patrick’s Day, Irish Arts Center will set up teams of volunteers at subway locations across all 5 boroughs to hand out books by Irish and Irish American authors to New Yorkers, for free. Help us promote literacy by dropping off your books by Irish and Irish American authors at any of the following locations from now until March 15, 2011:

American Irish Historical Society, 991 Fifth Avenue between 80th and 81st Streets

Hours: M-F, 10am to 5pm 


Glucksman Ireland House New York University, 1 Washington Mews on 5th Avenue

Hours: M-Thur, 9:30 am to 6 pm, plus public events in the evenings


Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street between 10th and 11th Avenues

Hours: M-F, 10am to 6pm, plus public events in the evenings and weekends

212-757-3318 x 209

New York Irish Center. 10-40 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City

Hours: M-F, 10am to 5pm


Books should be in decent condition. Thank you for supporting Irish Arts Center Book Day! For further information or to learn how you can also volunteer for Book Day, contact 212-757-3318 ext 202 or


“Lynch marvelously weaves together politics, history, and religion to explain the incredible economic and social transformation that has swept Ireland over the past three decades and the deep financial crisis Ireland is grappling with today.”

—KENNETH S. ROGOFF, Professor of Economics, Harvard University, and co-author of This Time Is Different: Eight Centuries of Financial Folly

Irish Arts Center and Irish Network NYC Present

When the Luck of the Irish Ran Out
Author David J. Lynch

Thursday, February 17 | 7:30 pm

In his debut publication, veteran journalist David J. Lynch offers an insightful, character-driven narrative of how the astonishing rise of the Irish boom came to be and how it went bust. Drawing upon the cultural, social and economic history of Ireland, Lynch chronicles a nation’s downfall through the lived experience of its citizens: the public officials and bankers responsible for the current crisis as well as the ordinary men and women enduring it, and offers a vision of how the Celtic Tiger can rise again.

Join us for an evening with David J. Lynch, senior writer with Bloomberg News, as he discusses the rise and fall of the Irish economy, the upcoming elections, and more in the Donaghy Theatre.

When The Luck of the Irish Ran Out: The World’s Most Resilient Country and its Struggle to Rise Again will be available for purchase on the night.

“A tour de force of reportage and analysis. As cold as the eye he casts upon his forbears is, Lynch retains an unmistakable affection for Ireland and a confidence that it can change, change utterly, for the better.”

—KEVIN CULLEN, columnist and former Dublin bureau chief, THE BOSTON GLOBE

Admission: FREE.





This program is supported in part by Culture Ireland, a government agency dedicated to promoting Irish arts worldwide, and the New York State Council on the Arts, a public agency.


IAC PoetryFest 2010
presented in association with
Poetry Society of America, Poetry Ireland and Culture Ireland

November 5 - 6

IAC PoetryFest 2010 is our second annual showcase of the best of contemporary Irish poetry, presented in the intimate setting of our Donaghy Theatre.

Featured poets: Paul Durcan, Alan Gillis, Eamon Grennan, Vona Groarke, Sinéad Morrissey, and Caitríona O'Reilly.

Curated by Belinda McKeon and Aengus Woods. 

Friday, November 5

Favorite Irish Poems
Hosted by Alice Quinn, Executive Director, Poetry Society of America |
8 pm
We launch this year’s festival with our Favorite Poems event, featuring those influential, best-loved poems, personally chosen and read by our six poets and very special guests including:

Bill Whelan, Grammy-winning composer/producer of Riverdance

Alice McDermott, National Book Award Winner 1998

Charlotte Moore, Artistic Director, Irish Repertory Theater

Colum McCann, National Book Award Winner 2009

Susan McKeown, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter

Loretta Brennan Glucksman, Chairman, American Ireland Fund

Saturday, November 6

Live Reading – 2:30 pm
Alan Gillis, Sinéad Morrissey, Caitríona O'Reilly
Meet the Poets book signing to follow in IAC Gallery

A Conversation with Eamon Grennan and Caitríona O'Reilly - 5:30 pm
Moderated by PoetryFest curator Belinda McKeon

Live Reading – 7:30 pm
Paul Durcan, Vona Groarke, Eamonn Grennan
Meet the Poets book signing to follow in IAC Gallery

Admission: FREE

Seating limited; reservations recommended.
Donations greatly appreciated.

Poems of the Day

IACPoem of the Day
Saturday, November 6

Eamon Grennan

First morning back, there’s a faint cap of cloud
on the brow of Tully Mountain, flash of a blackbird
between sycamore and ash, glint of dew on a few daisies
the scythe has spared. Lilies of the valley stand

in a battered can, the cover of my mother’s prayerbook
wrinkles with light, and my neighbour’s rickety mutt
mumbles a crust of stale bread. In early sunshine
the houses across the lake seem solid as chateaus, seem

as if they’d stand forever. High-arched, their barns are
granaries of light, though the old cottages lie like bones
over the open fields. And here, slightly apologetic,
comes the cough of the cock pheasant, stepping

among potato drills as if he owned the place: crimson
and cinnabar his head, his feathers cinnamon and gold,
he will hide in his own life down there
where whins and heather and boggy grass can flourish,

and the sunny morning be sheer heaven to him.


IACPoem of the Day
Friday, November 5


Vona Groarke

‘Speak to our muscles of a need for joy’.
W.H. Auden, Sonnets from China, xvii

Left at the lodge and park, snout to America.
Strip to togs, a shouldered towel, flip-flop over
the tarmac past the gang-planked rooted barge,
two upended rowboats and trawlers biding time.
Nod to a fisherman propped on a bollard,
exchange the weather, climb the final steps
up to the ridge. And then let fly. Push wide,
tuck up your knees so the blue nets hold you,
wide-open, that extra beat. Gulp cloud;
fling a jet trail round your neck like a feather boa,
toss every bone and sinew to the plunge.
Enter the tide as if it were nothing,
really nothing, to do with you. Kick back.
Release your ankles from its coiled ropes;
slit water, drag it open, catch your breath.
Haul yourself up into August. Do it over,
raucously. Head-first. This time, shout.



Poem of the Day
Thursday, November 4

Island Musician Going Home
(after Veronica Bolay)

By Paul Durcan

Driving home along the bog road at night in the rain Leaving the village behind me, its harbour lights Making a marquee of the sea, I am half sunk by the stone in my heart.

Mile after mile of bog road in the night in the rain, Not a single dwelling on the mountain either side of the road, Not knowing when a mountain sheep will light up under my wheels, My audience all couples canoodling behind in the village.

But when I drive up to my maroon-painted five-barred gate And switch off my lights, and climb out of my car, And I can see nothing, and I can hear nothing, I see again that home is the skirl of silence.

I kiss the darkness, and all loneliness abandons me.
A life without a wife is nothing to boast about But that's music. I walk back up the road Kissing the darkness; and a small mouth of cold gold In the clouds is becoming aware of its soul.


Poem of the Day
Wednesday, November 3


Caitríona O'Reilly

They bring this hint of something startled in them -
the dreadful earliness of their petals
against dead earth, the extremity of their faces
suggesting a violent start -
dumb skulls opening, overnight, to vehemence.
Their lives are quicker than vision,
their voices evade us. And as
water tightens its surface in vases
and sharpens its glass, slicing their sticks
in half, these funnels clatter on their bent necks,
like bells for the already dead.

From The Nowhere Birds (Bloodaxe, 2001)



Poem of the Day
Tuesday, November 2


Sinéad Morrissey

Longer please! — two out of fifty usable words
you employ to hold us hostage—

longer in the cooling bath, longer
by the playground gates, mowing imaginary grass,

longer driving your car-cum-aeroplane—
and we want longer too—

and smaller boxes to fold your clothes into
or not to have to shed them at all—

but before we know what’s hit us,
we’re standing on the roadside, staring west

at the last of a trail of dust, like the crowds
who wait all day for a royal visit

for it to simply pass them by—
before they’ve memorised the hair, the eyes,

the inscrutable footmen, the marvellous horses



Poem of the Day
Monday, November 1

From The Green Rose

Alan Gillis


Bright light sprawling white cotton clouds
looked like they’d never heard of rain:
some saw in them maps, memory shapes,
continents, faces of demons, gondolas
lazing through sunstreams. He saw sheep
grazing in a greener-than-green field
bedizzled by buttercups carpeted down
to a fizzing hedge, stone path and two
apple trees standing sentry to a view
of the lough, coastline, chopped open sea,
oblivious to things that might have been
or might be, passing lives, the mist and creep
of stolen thoughts, the dead and unborn
drifting, on their backs, counting sheep.






Author Emma Donoghue

Tuesday, September 28 | 7:30 pm


‘A dark fairy tale… curiously uplifting.’ —VOGUE

Nominated for The 2010 Man Booker Prize for Fiction in July 2010.
(published September 2010 from Little, Brown)

Welcome to the strange little world of Room, where Jack and Ma live in a locked room that measures eleven foot by eleven. When Jack turns five, he starts to ask questions, and his mother reveals to him that there is a world outside. Told entirely in Jack’s voice, Room is no horror story or tearjerker, but a celebration of resilience and the love between parent and child.

Join us for an evening with Irish-born novelist Emma Donoghue (Slammerkin) as she reads from her newest novel, Room, in the Donaghy Theater.

Click here to read the announcement in The New York Times.

Click here to read the review of Room in The New York Times

Admission: $10 general / $8 member or 212-868-4444


Behind the Scenes of Adapting the Novel
With Robert Berry
Creator of Ulysses"Seen", A Graphic Novel Exploration of
James Joyce’s Ulysses

Thursday, October 7 | 7:30 pm

On the eve of New York Comic Con, experience Ulysses “Seen”, Robert Berry’s graphic novel adaptation of the 1922 edition of James Joyce’s epic masterpiece, through commentary by the artist in conversation with Mike Barsanti, editor, and moderated by Karen Green, curator of the Columbia University Library collection of graphic novels. Learn how you, too, can be part of the creative process, with a special preview of pages from the newest chapter, and a forum for readers to suggest settings, props and character types for the remaining chapters of the comic.

For more information visit
Reader’s guide available for the iPad

Admission: $10 general / $8 member or 212-868-4444


Law of DreamsIrish Arts Center
in association with
River Music
Glucksman Ireland House – New York University
American Irish Historical Society
Consulate General of Ireland
Consulate General of Canada


A Terrible Beauty
A Live Performance Inspired by the Novel
The Law of Dreams
by Peter Behrens

Law of DreamsBehrensMusic by Grammy Award-winning composer Paul Sullivan

Peter Behrens, narrator
Paul Sullivan, piano
John Keating, actor
Rosie Upton, soprano

New York Premiere

May 21-23 | Friday - Saturday 8 pm, Sunday 3 pm
4th show added Saturday, May 22 at 2pm. 

"An event of uncommon depth and artistry...wrapping the tragedy of the Irish Famine and emigration in stunning music, evocative readings and incomparable songs and slides."

 —Ellsworth American

A Terrible Beauty is a moving and engaging one-hour performance of literature and music, based on Peter Behrens’ novel The Law of Dreams, winner of the 2006 Governor General’s Literary Award for fiction, with music by Grammy Award-winning composer Paul Sullivan.

Peter Behrens’ novel tells the story of a young man’s Homeric passage from innocence to experience during the Irish Famine of 1847.  In A Terrible Beauty, an actor brings to life scenes from the book, accompanied by emigrant ballads and songs inspired by the text, woven together with Behrens’ narration, against the backdrop of striking visual imagery inspired by the famine.

Peter Behrens won the 2006 Governor General’s Literary Award for fiction for The Law of Dreams, his first novel.  Paul Sullivan has been featured with the Paul Winter Consort, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Boston Pops, as well as Benny Goodman and other jazz masters. His thirteen albums have sold over 300,000 copies worldwide.

On The Law of Dreams:

“absorbing, unsparing and beautifully written…A masterly novel”
 —The New York Times

"Superb. An emotional epic done in shadow-show, a lucid dream of the past, bearing echoes of Melville and Ondaatje, conveying scents and shimmers of a vanished world under the skin of our own."
— Jonathan Lethem

"A beautifully written, poetically inspired tale of heroism, love, and the triumph of the human spirit….Behrens is a superb storyteller…I envy you this journey." —Malachy McCourt

Admission: $28 general sale/ $23 members

To buy click here or call 212 868-4444

IAC members at all levels may book directly through Irish Arts Center and avoid ticket processing fees. Call 212-757-3318 ext. 204 10 am - 6 pm Monday through Friday.


Presented by Irish Arts Center
in association with the
Poetry Society of America
NYU Glucksman Ireland House and
Culture Ireland
IAC PoetryFest 2009    
Saturday, November 7  

Readings 3:00 pm and 7:30 pm
Meet the poets reception 5:00 pm

Single Reading $10 general /$8 Irish Arts Center members and students.
Festival Pass (both readings): $18 general sale/ $15 Irish Arts Center members and students.

Click here to buy now or call Smarttix at 212-868-4444

IAC members at all levels may book directly through Irish Arts Center and avoid ticket processing fees.  Call 212-757-3318 ext. 204 from 10 - 6 Monday through Friday. 

Poetry Fest 2009

IAC PoetryFest 2009 is the Irish Arts Center’s inaugural showcase for emerging and established poets based in Ireland and the United States.  The day-long celebration includes afternoon and evening poetry readings, book signings, networking opportunities and Meet the Poets, a special afternoon reception.

Featured poets:

Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin—recipient of the Patrick Kavanagh Award, the Irish Times Award for Poetry, and the O’Shaughnessy Award; published seven collections of poetry including the recent Selected Poems (2008)

Harry Clifton —Author of five collections of poetry, and recipient of the Patrick Kavanagh Award and the Irish Times Poetry Now Award

Paula Meehan — recipient of the Marten Toonder Award for Literature, The Butler Literary Award for Poetry, the Denis Devlin Memorial Award; published six collections of poetry, including Dharmakaya (2002), and most recently Painting Rain (2009)

Joseph Woods —Director of Poetry Ireland and a recipient of the Patrick Kavanagh
Award; published two collections, Sailing to Hokkaido (2001) and Bearings (2005)

Enda Wyley —two-time winner of the British National Poetry Competition; published four collections of poetry including the recent To Wake To This (2009)

Peter Sirr —recipient of the Patrick Kavanagh Award; former director of the Irish Writers’ Centre; former editor of Poetry Ireland Review; published numerous volumes of poetry including Nonetheless (2004), and Selected Poems 1982-2004 (Gallery 2004)

Curated by Belinda McKeon (writer, journalist and curator of the DLR Poetry Now Festival in Dublin) and Aengus Woods (New York based Irish philosopher and critic).


Symphony Space and Irish Arts Center present

McCourt BrothersThe McCourt Memoirs:
An Evening with Frank, Malachy, Alphie and Michael McCourt
Conflicting Sibling Memories
Within the Limerick Shanty Irish Community
Sure ‘Twasn’t That Way ’Tall!

Hosted by Peter Quinn and Isaiah Sheffer 

Please note: This event has been postponed. If you purchased tickets, please call the Symphony Space box office at 212-864-5400 or the IAC at 212-757-3318 for further information.

Tuesday, March 31st at 7:30pm
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway (95th Street)
Tickets: $25

Limited seating!  Call (212) 864-5400 or visit to reserve today!

Maybe it’s happened before that three boys from the same family have written critically acclaimed memoirs. But no trio has ever done it with as much verve, eloquence, honesty, wit and insight as the McCourt Brothers. 

Though all of Angela McCourt’s sons were shaped by the same family in the poverty-ridden lanes of Limerick, each has traveled his own path and crafted his own narrative. Together, their varied adventures as actors, activists, handymen, bartenders, teachers, husbands, writers, etc. embody a uniquely Irish, wonderfully American, quintessentially New York story. 

Now, for the first time since the release of Alphie's much-praised A Long Stone’s Throw, three of the four McCourt brothers will appear on the same stage to read from their memoirs – including Frank’s Angela’s Ashes and Malachy’s  A Monk Swimming

The fourth brother, Michael, will do his best to set the record straight, and all four brothers will submit to cross-examination by moderators Peter Quinn (author of Looking for Jimmy and Banished Children of Eve), Symphony Space Artistic Director Isaiah Sheffer, and YOU, members of the public.

Don’t miss the chance to hear these tales of tragedy, hilarity, endurance, hope and triumph as only the McCourts can tell them!   

Proceeds from the event will benefit Irish Arts Center and Symphony Space.


Netherland book cover

An Evening with Joseph O’Neill

Wednesday, October 8| 7:30 p.m

Admission: $15 general sale/ $12 members

Joseph O’Neill is author of the critically acclaimed Netherland, a brilliant new novel about a European man living in Manhattan after 9/11 conflicted by two loves: his wife, and his adopted country. Told in a lyrical, mesmerizing voice, his journey involves an immersion in the cricketing subculture of New York, a tragic friendship with a Trinidadian immigrant, and a darkening  understanding of the great American narrative. Join us for an in-depth conversation with the author about this extraordinary story of heritage and home, sport and work, friendship and love.

Like Fitzgerald's masterpiece (The Great Gatsby), Joseph O'Neill's stunning new novel provides a resonant meditation on the American Dream." Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

“The wittiest, angriest, most exacting and most desolate work of fiction we've yet had about life in New York and London after the World Trade Center fell."
Dwight Garner, The New York Times Book Review

Joseph O’Neill was born in Cork, Ireland, in 1964, and raised inMozambique, Iran, Turkey and the Netherlands.He has a law degree from Cambridge University, and practiced full time as a barrister in London from 1990 to 1998, specializing in business law. In 1998 he moved to New York City, where he lives in the Chelsea Hotel with his wife, Sally Singer, an editor at Vogue, and three sons.



Daniel CassidyIrish American Writers and Artists
An Evening in Tribute to Danny Cassidy

Thursday, September 25 | 7PM

Admission: Supporter $100 | Friend  $250 | Patron  $500

For further information on this event please call 212.757.3318 ext 204

An all-star cast of Irish-American writers and musicians come together for a special tribute to Danny Cassidy, Irish-American musician, teacher, labor activist and author of the groundbreaking book How the Irish Invented Slang: The Secret Language of the Crossroads.Participants include Dan Barry, Ashley Davis, Maureen Dezell, Ivan Goff, T.J. English, Terry Golway, Pete Hamill, Tom Kelly, William Kennedy, Michael Patrick MacDonald, Frank McCourt, Malachy McCourt, Mick Moloney, Peter Quinn, Washington Square Harp and Shamrock Orchestra and other special guests to be announced.

Raffle prizes include a free week of accommodation and Irish-language instruction at, Oideas Gael, Glenn Cholm Cille, Co. Donegal, signed books and CDS of participating artists, and Airfare for two to Ireland on Aer Lingus.


easter risingEaster Rising
An Evening with Michael Patrick MacDonald

Thursday, February 28th at 7:30 P.M.

$15 General sale/ $10 Irish Arts Center Members

Michael Patrick MacDonald is the author of the national bestseller All Souls: A Family Story from Southie, which won the American Book Award. He has been a guest columnist for the Boston Globe and recenly completed the screenplay of All Souls for director Ron Shelton. Easter Rising: A Memoir of Roots and Rebellion is his second book. 

MacDonald, who lives in Brooklyn, grew up in South Boston's Old Colony housing project. He helped launch many of Boston's antiviolence initiatives, including gun-buyback programs and the South Boston Vigil Group, and he continues to work nationally with survivor families and young people in the antiviolence movement.

Join us for a special evening with this remarkable storyteller as he examines the relationship between his work as an author and activist, discusses his latest projects, and launches the paperback release of Easter Rising.

Click here to buy the book!

“Funny and heartbreaking….MacDonald is a compelling storyteller”

"MacDonald is a fine writer, with a terrific ear for dialogue”
The Washington Post

"MacDonald's prose--muscular and insistently alive--quivers like a fist about to take a swing….refreshing."
San Francisco Chronicle

“Heartwrenching.... up there with the very best comic writing of Seamus Deane and Patrick McCabe ... with this masterpiece Michael Patrick MacDonald has set an audacious benchmark in Irish-American literature”
Andersonstown News, Belfast, Ireland 


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