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NATIONAL EVENT LISTINGS – October 30 – November 5, 2013

POSTED ON October 30th  - POSTED IN National and Tri-State Event Listings, News, News & Views

Arizona 

The Irish American Gaelic Society of Tucson meets third Sunday of month at VFW Post 549, 1884 S. Caycroft, Phoenix. Details, (520) 586-4513. 

The Irish Foundation of Arizona meets first Wednesday of month, 7 pm, at Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Details, (602) 258-0109. 

Boston 

WNTN-AM 1550 Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann promotes Irish traditional music and dance throughout the world. The weekly radio program is broadcast each Saturday from Noon to 1:30 pm on WNTN-AM 1550. 

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Located at Columbia Point, Boston. Details, www.jfklibrary.org  or (617) 514-1600. 

Community Counseling Services (serving all nations) are offered at the Irish Immigration Center, 59 Temple Place, Boston. Details, (617) 542-7654. 

For details of concerts and events in Massachusetts visit www.IrishMassachusetts.com 

WGBH FM 89.7 broadcasts A Celtic Sojourn Radio Program, a selection of traditional and contemporary music from the Celtic countries on Saturday afternoons. Hosted by Brian O’Donovan. Details, (617) 300-5400 or www.celtic@wgbh.org 

Boston Radio Station WERS 88.9 FM, presents “Celtic Traditions” every Sunday from 6 to 8 a.m. Details, (617) 578-8890. 

The Sean Folan Show airs on Boston Cable Channel 23A Fridays at 9 pm and on Norwood and Westwood Cable on Tuesdays at 7:30 pm. Details, (617) 983-9094. 

WROL 950 AM Feast of Irish Music show, features news, music, weather and sports live from Ireland on Sundays from 1 to 5 pm. Details, (617) 328-0880 ext. 501. 

For details and events at The Irish Cultural Center, 200 New Boston Drive, Canton, call (781) 821-8291 or visit www.irishculture.org 

California 

McPolin Family Benefit – On Saturday, Nov. 23 at 7pm, at St. Anne’s Parish Hall, 850 Judah St., San Francisco, a benefit will be held for Finbar McPolin a native of Hilltown, Co Down who will undergo a cranioplasty to repair his skull as a result of an aneurysm, two brain surgeries and a stroke. He is paralyzed on one side and partially blind. He is now in a wheelchair and will need full-time home care not covered by insurance. Finbar is the father of two teenage children. All proceeds from the benefit will be donated to help with medical expenses. Donations may be mailed to: Patrick Finbar McPolin Relief Fund, 945 Taraval Street, PO Box #410, San Francisco, CA 94116. Any questions may be submitted to the committee at mcpolinbenefit@gmail.com or by calling (415) 860-5554. 

Canada 

For a full schedule of events at St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts and Humanities, home of the National Irish Canadian Culture Centre, 310 St. Patrick St., Ottawa, visit www.SAINTBRIGIDS.CA   or call (613) 244-7373. 

Chicago 

For details of events and happenings at Gaelic Park, located at 6119 W. 147th St., Oak Forest, call (708) 598-6800 or www.chicagogaelicpark.org 

The Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox Ave., Chicago, offers Irish cultural events and entertainment. For details, (773) 282-7035 or www.irishamhc.com  For information, call the center at (773) 282-7035. 

On Sunday evenings from 7-9, WCEV 1450 AM in Chicago broadcasts news and sports direct from Ireland also latest events and happenings at Gaelic Park. The program can be heard live over the internet on Sunday evenings at www.wcev1450.com  Details, (708) 687-9330. 

Colorado 

The Denver AOH meets second Wednesday of month in Denver Press Club. Details, (303) 439-0924. 

Florida 

Thanksgiving Ceili – The Irish-American Ceili Club will hold a Thanksgiving Ceili on Saturday, Nov. 9, 7-10pm at the American Legion Hall, 211 North 21st Ave., Hollywood. Music by the Black Diamond Band. Adm. $10. Tea, Coffee and Cake served. Email Patrick for more info. at irish32@aol.com. More info @ www.irishamericanceiliclub.com. Call 954-921-4325/754-281-7202. Christmas Ceili on 12/14/13. 

The Sons and Daughters of Erin hold monthly meetings the third Wednesday of month at 6:30 PM, at San Marco Parish Center. New members welcome. Details, (239) 394-0229. 

The Friendly Sons and Daughters of Ireland meet at 7 pm on the third Tuesday of each month at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Ravenswood Lane, Port St. Lucie. Details, (772) 873-6615; email: portstlucieirish@aol.com 

The Irish American Club of Central Florida meets second Sunday of month, 1:30 pm, at St. Mary Magdalene Church, Maitland. Details, (386) 668-0159. 

Georgia 

The Hibernian Benevolent Society of Atlanta meets second Thursday of month, 7 pm, at Harp Irish Pub, Roswell. Info. (770) 640-0287 or www.irishatlanta.com 

Louisiana 

The Acadian Division of the AOH meets last Thursday of month at 6:30 pm, in meeting room at Lafayette Motors, 1515 Jefferson St., Lafayette. Details, (337) 856-9001. 

Maryland

 

Reflections of Ireland on WHFC 91.1 FM, with host Ed McBride, is broadcast Sundays and Mondays 4-6pm, and also on the web at www.whfc911.org  Details, (410) 256-1010.  

Michigan 

The Crotty-Doran branch (Detroit-Windsor) of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann holds classes in language, music, and dance every Thursday night at the White Heather Club, 150 Vester, Ferndale. Details, www.irishmusic.nu  or (734) 420-0962. 

Gaelic League. Irish entertainment, featuring dance, ceili and tin whistle every weekend in the Gaelic League, 2068 Michigan Ave., Detroit. Details, (313) 537-3489. 

New England 

The Harp and Bard Irish radio program airs Sundays, 5 to 7 pm, on WMPG 90.9 FM or www.wmpg.org  in Portland, Maine. 

New York State 

The Echoes of Erin radio program featuring Irish music and song, airs Saturdays, 4 to 5pm on WJJI 1440 AM in the Niagara Falls region. ”Echoes of Ireland” Radio show hosted by Sean Hennessey every Sunday, Noon to 1 pm on 1240 WATN, Watertown, NY. 

Ohio 

The Cleveland Ceili Club holds set dance classes on Tuesdays 7:30PM at St. Clarence Church Hall, Lorain Rd., North Olmsted. Info, (440) 356-2999. 

Pennsylvania 

Echoes of Erin is broadcast on Sundays from 12:30pm – 2 pm over WEDO 810 AM and later in the day at www.wedo810.com. Hosted by Diane V. Byrnes. Details, (412) 781-6368. 

The Carolinas 

The Irish Society of Charlotte, founded in 1986. For information please call Margaret Shannon, (704) 541-6665. 

Texas 

For details of all Irish events in the Texas area; visit the Harp and Shamrock Society of Texas website, at www.harpandshamrock.org  or email: Irishinsatx@aol.com  editor’s email: shamrockeditor@gmail.com 

Washington DC 

The Irish Radio Show hosted by Pat Troy and Jim Courtney features Irish music, news and sports every Sunday from 11am to Noon. Listen live or to an archived show anytime at www.wust1120.com  

NATIONAL EVENT Listings October 23-29, 2013

POSTED ON October 23rd  - POSTED IN National and Tri-State Event Listings, News, News & Views

Arizona 

The Irish American Gaelic Society of Tucson meets third Sunday of month at VFW Post 549, 1884 S. Caycroft, Phoenix. Details, (520) 586-4513.  

The Irish Foundation of Arizona meets first Wednesday of month, 7 pm, at Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Details, (602) 258-0109. 

Boston 

WNTN-AM 1550 Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann promotes Irish traditional music and dance throughout the world. The weekly radio program is broadcast each Saturday from Noon to 1:30 pm on WNTN-AM 1550. 

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Located at Columbia Point, Boston. Details, www.jfklibrary.org  or (617) 514-1600. 

Community Counseling Services (serving all nations) are offered at the Irish Immigration Center, 59 Temple Place, Boston. Details, (617) 542-7654. 

For details of concerts and events in Massachusetts visit www.IrishMassachusetts.com 

WGBH FM 89.7 broadcasts A Celtic Sojourn Radio Program, a selection of traditional and contemporary music from the Celtic countries on Saturday afternoons. Hosted by Brian O’Donovan. Details, (617) 300-5400 or www.celtic@wgbh.org 

Boston Radio Station WERS 88.9 FM, presents “Celtic Traditions” every Sunday from 6 to 8 a.m. Details, (617) 578-8890. 

The Sean Folan Show airs on Boston Cable Channel 23A Fridays at 9 pm and on Norwood and Westwood Cable on Tuesdays at 7:30 pm. Details, (617) 983-9094. 

WROL 950 AM Feast of Irish Music show, features news, music, weather and sports live from Ireland on Sundays from 1 to 5 pm. Details, (617) 328-0880 ext. 501. 

For details and events at The Irish Cultural Center, 200 New Boston Drive, Canton, call (781) 821-8291 or visit www.irishculture.org 

Canada 

For a full schedule of events at St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts and Humanities, home of the National Irish Canadian Culture Centre, 310 St. Patrick St., Ottawa, visit www.SAINTBRIGIDS.CA   or call (613) 244-7373. 

Gaeltacht Gathering Tour 2013. Chance of a Lifetime – Visit Ireland’s Irish-speaking communities in the company of other Irish speakers and learners from North America. Further information, Aralt Mac Giolla Chainnigh, Kenny-h@rmc.ca or call (613) 541-6000 ext. 6042. 

Chicago 

For details of events and happenings at Gaelic Park, located at 6119 W. 147th St., Oak Forest, call (708) 598-6800 or www.chicagogaelicpark.org 

The Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox Ave., Chicago, offers Irish cultural events and entertainment. For details, (773) 282-7035 or www.irishamhc.com  For information, call the center at (773) 282-7035. 

On Sunday evenings from 7-9, WCEV 1450 AM in Chicago broadcasts news and sports direct from Ireland also latest events and happenings at Gaelic Park. The program can be heard live over the internet on Sunday evenings at www.wcev1450.com  Details, (708) 687-9330. 

Colorado 

The Denver AOH meets second Wednesday of month in Denver Press Club. Details, (303) 439-0924. 

Florida 

The Sons and Daughters of Erin hold monthly meetings the third Wednesday of month at 6:30 PM, at San Marco Parish Center. New members welcome. Details, (239) 394-0229. 

The Friendly Sons and Daughters of Ireland meet at 7 pm on the third Tuesday of each month at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Ravenswood Lane, Port St. Lucie. Details, (772) 873-6615; email: portstlucieirish@aol.com 

The Irish American Club of Central Florida meets second Sunday of month, 1:30 pm, at St. Mary Magdalene Church, Maitland. Details, (386) 668-0159. 

Georgia 

The Hibernian Benevolent Society of Atlanta meets second Thursday of month, 7 pm, at Harp Irish Pub, Roswell. Info. (770) 640-0287 or www.irishatlanta.com 

Louisiana 

The Acadian Division of the AOH meets last Thursday of month at 6:30 pm, in meeting room at Lafayette Motors, 1515 Jefferson St., Lafayette. Details, (337) 856-9001. 

Maryland 

Reflections of Ireland on WHFC 91.1 FM, with host Ed McBride, is broadcast Sundays and Mondays 4-6pm, and also on the web at www.whfc911.org  Details, (410) 256-1010.  

Michigan 

The Crotty-Doran branch (Detroit-Windsor) of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann holds classes in language, music, and dance every Thursday night at the White Heather Club, 150 Vester, Ferndale. Details, www.irishmusic.nu  or (734) 420-0962. 

Gaelic League. Irish entertainment, featuring dance, ceili and tin whistle every weekend in the Gaelic League, 2068 Michigan Ave., Detroit. Details, (313) 537-3489. 

New England 

The Harp and Bard Irish radio program airs Sundays, 5 to 7 pm, on WMPG 90.9 FM or www.wmpg.org  in Portland, Maine. 

New York State 

The Echoes of Erin radio program featuring Irish music and song, airs Saturdays, 4 to 5pm on WJJI 1440 AM in the Niagara Falls region. ”Echoes of Ireland” Radio show hosted by Sean Hennessey every Sunday, Noon to 1 pm on 1240 WATN, Watertown, NY. 

Ohio 

The Cleveland Ceili Club holds set dance classes on Tuesdays 7:30PM at St. Clarence Church Hall, Lorain Rd., North Olmsted. Info, (440) 356-2999. 

Pennsylvania 

Echoes of Erin is broadcast on Sundays from 12:30pm – 2 pm over WEDO 810 AM and later in the day at www.wedo810.com. Hosted by Diane V. Byrnes. Details, (412) 781-6368. 

The Carolinas 

The Irish Society of Charlotte, founded in 1986. For information please call Margaret Shannon, (704) 541-6665. 

Texas 

For details of all Irish events in the Texas area; visit the Harp and Shamrock Society of Texas website, at www.harpandshamrock.org  or email: Irishinsatx@aol.com  editor’s email: shamrockeditor@gmail.com 

Washington DC 

The Irish Radio Show hosted by Pat Troy and Jim Courtney features Irish music, news and sports every Sunday from 11am to Noon. Listen live or to an archived show anytime at www.wust1120.com  

TRI-STATE Event Listings October 23-29, 2013

POSTED ON October 23rd  - POSTED IN National and Tri-State Event Listings, News, News & Views

Irish Labor 100 2013 – Honoring Irish-America’s Labor Legacy. A Celebratory Dinner will be held on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, honoring Irish-America’s Labor Legacy. In honor of the centennial anniversary of the 1913 lockout, The Irish Echo is expanding our Third Annual Irish Labor 50 to 100. To nominate please visit: www.irishecho.com. For advertising and sponsorship opportunities please contact Mairead Tully, 11 Hanover Square, Suite 500, New York, NY 10005 (212) 482-4818 Ext. 113 mtully@irishecho.com

 

Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum is now open at Quinnipiac University, located at 3011 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT. For details visit www.ighm.org  or call (203) 582-8655.

 

Theatre/Film/Literature

 

‘Aisling agus Íobairt, Beatha Joseph Campbell’ – Bóthar Ard Productions and The Institute of Irish Studies at Fordham University present the world premiere of: ‘Aisling agus Íobairt, Beatha Joseph Campbell’. A documentary film about the life of Belfast-born poet and Irish Studies founder, Joseph Campbell, on Wednesday, November 6 at 7pm at Fordham University, Lincoln Center Campus, 12th floor Lounge, 113 West 60th Street (at 9th Avenue). Q&A will follow with filmmaker, Macdara Vallely, Dean John P. Harrington and poet Eilean Ni Chuilleanain. Drinks and refreshments served. RSVP by Friday, Nov. 1, s.niceochagain@belfastmediagroup.com

 

Juno and the Paycock at Irish Rep – The Irish Repertory Theatre will present Juno and the Paycock by Sean O’Casey, directed by Charlotte Moore, through December 8. The Irish Rep is located at 132 W. 22nd St., (betw. 6th and 7th Aves.) NYC. For further information see www.IrishRep.org or call (212) 727-2737.

 

Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award – Irish American Writers & Artists, Inc. presents The Fifth Annual Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award Celebration in honor of John Patrick Shanley, winner of a Pulitzer, Tony and Oscar on Monday, October 21, 2013, 6-9 PM, at The Manhattan Club (upstairs at Rosie O’Grady’s), 800 Seventh Ave., at 52nd St., Times Square. To order tickets visit the IAW&A web page at www.iamwa.com  or contact johnleemedia@gmail.com. Sponsored by Irish American Writers & Artists, Inc., a non-profit organization.

 

Abbey returns to IAC – The Abbey, Ireland’s National Theatre returns to the Irish Arts Center with the U.S. premiere of Maeve’s House, October 17 – November 3. Written and performed by Eamon Morrissey. Directed by Gerard Stembridge. Visit www.irishartscenter.org to book tickets now.

 

The Cavalcaders – The New Haven Gaelic Players and the IACC, Venice Place, East Haven, CT will present The Cavalcaders by Billy Roche, Nov. 6-10. Tickets: theresaobrien@live.com

 

Cill Cais Players – The Cill Cais Players production for 2013 is  “Hyacinth Halvey” a One-Act comedy by Lady Gregory & “Excerpts from Popular Irish Plays and Stories” Directed by Pat Rooney. They will appear at the following venues: The Kerry Hall, 305 McLean Ave., Yonkers on Sunday, Oct. 27 at 4pm; New York Irish Center, 1040 Jackson Ave., LIC, Queens on Sunday, Nov. 3 at 4pm; Irish American Soc. of Nassau Suffolk & Queens 297 Willis Ave., Mineola on Friday Nov. 15, 8pm and Our Lady of The Blessed Sacrament, 35th Ave & 203rd St., Bayside, NY on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 3pm.  For further information please call Margaret Frankola 516-897-0861, Jim O’Brien 718-347-0879.

 

Conferences

 

The American Irish Teachers Association will hold their 38th Annual Conference on Saturday, November 9 at Liederkranz Mansion, 6 E. 87th St., NYC. Speakers: Joe Lee of NYU; Maureen Murphy of Hofstra and John Ridge Irish History Roundtable. Includes breakfast, (lunch optional) and wine and cheese social. Conference open to non-members. For registration details contact dorismeyer@aol.com or call 917-691-2883.

 

Special Events

 

Michael and Pearl Flannery Awards Dinner – The 2013 National Irish Freedom Committee Michael and Pearl Flannery Awards Dinner will be held Saturday, November 2, 7-11pm, at Rory Dolan’s Restaurant, 890 McLean Ave., Yonkers, NY. Honorees: John Dunleavy, Liza Butler, Gerry Conlon of the Guildford Four. Details at (732) 441-9923 or email: irelandfirst04@gmail.com

 

Old Calvary Cemetery Walking Tour – The Irish History Roundtable President John Ridge will lead a walking tour of the oldest section of Calvary Cemetery in Woodside, Queens on Saturday, October 26 at 2pm (rain or shine). Meet at 2pm at Cemetery Gate, 34-02 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside, Queens, NY. Further details at http://irishnyhistory.org/announ.htm

 

Mass and Spiritual Events

 

The Sunday Mass is available on the following TV Channels; Channel 5, WNYW-TV 5:30 a.m.; WLNY Channel 10/55 9 a.m.; The Net (formerly The Prayer Channel) on Time Warner Channel 97 and Cablevision Channel 30 @ 6 pm on Saturday.

 

Information Sought

 

Exhibition – Do you know anyone who emigrated from Co. Cavan? Cavan County Museum is currently working on an exhibition and looking for photos, tickets, letters and any other memorabilia associated with emigration. Our exhibition covers emigration in the past but also up to the present. If you have any items that would be relevant please contact the museum on 011-353-49-8544070 or ccmuseum@eircom.net

 

The Donegal County Council and the Donegal County Heritage Forum have joined with The Heritage Council to find out more about what Donegal people took with them when they emigrated to various parts of the World throughout the centuries. The Co. Donegal Heritage Office will publish a booklet based on the information collected and are keen to have people contribute their own stories about the items that their family took with them. This may include objects such as suitcases, their contents, small household items, tools, religious artifacts and photographs that people took with them at the time of their migration or letters that people sent home. If you would like to share your own family’s story or participate in this wonderful project please contact the County Donegal Heritage Office by e-mail at: heritage@donegalcoco.ie  or by telephone at (074) 91 72576. For further information see website at www.donegalcoco.ie/heritage

 

Gaeltacht Gathering Tour 2013

 

Tour from the North American Gaeltacht. A community visit to Ireland’s Gaeltacht areas will take place from October 20 thru November 2, 2013. The Gathering Tour is being organized jointly by Cumann na Gaeltachta, Glór na nGael, Gaeilge Muigh Eo, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann, Oideas Gael and a large number of Irish language community organizations in Ireland.  Further information Tel. (613) 541 6000 ext. 6042. Fax. (613) 541-6040.

 

An Siopa Leabhar ar-line go fior-luath at www.cnag.ie

 

For details of events at Glucksman Ireland House at NYU (readings, talks, lectures, film screenings, concerts and workshops), visit www.irelandhouse.fas.nyu.edu  or call (212) 998-3850.

 

Benefits/Fundraisers

 

Calvary Hospital Benefit – On Sunday, Nov. 3 there will be a Mass and Breakfast to benefit Calvary Hospital. This annual event at the hospital is sponsored by Parents and Students of Irish Dancing and Music. Donation $20. Details at (718) 822-2791.

 

Irish Language Fundraiser – The Irish Language Program at Lehman College will host its first fundraiser on Monday, October 28 at 7pm at Rory Dolan’s, McLean Avenue, Bronx, NY. The evening will honor Hilary Sweeney for her years of service in promoting the Irish language in the NYC area and also to raise funds for the Irish language curriculum development. A buffet dinner will be included in the admission price of $30. Music by John Redmond and Kate Foster. For further details please e-mail tomas@lehmangaeilge.org or call 718-938-1345.

 

John O’Hara Memorial Benefit On August 14, 2013, John O’Hara passed away suddenly at age 43, leaving behind his wife Alice and 5 young children. Shane (9), Austin (7), Owen (7), Ailish (5) and J.P. (4). John grew up in Tourlestrane, Co Sligo, Ireland. He lived in Pearl River, NY for 20 years. Was a member of Division 3 AOH, Carpenters Local 608, and an avid member of the Sligo Association. Please join us for a fundraising benefit for his family! A Great Day of Entertainment is planned. * Live Bands * Raffles * Auctions SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2013 2:00-10:00; EMMETT’S CASTLE, 285 BLUE HILL ROAD, PEARL RIVER. Chairperson: Gerry McGwyne 917-416-7980; Co-Chairperson: Vince Tyer 914-588-1611; Chris Cawley 845-222-8658; Brendan Cunney 845-480-0417; Emmett Woods 914-804-8466; Patsy Kivlehan 917-478-8815; Treasurer: Ailish Cunney 845-480-0410; Co-Treasurer: Alice Brady Kivlehan 845-499-6535; Ticket Sales: Carmel Reilly 845-826-0982

 

Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind Fundraiser – The annual fundraiser for Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind will be held on October 27, 3-8pm at Rory Dolan’s, 890 McLean Ave., Yonkers, NY. The $30 donation includes a buffet dinner. Entertainment by Gerard Corbett, Susan Gillespie, Maurice O’Sullivan, Flynn School of Irish Dance. Special appearance by NYPD Pipes and Drums and Dermot Henry. Further details at (212) 534-8867.

 

Breezy Point Disaster Relief. The Breezy Point Catholic Club Pipes & Drum are seeking donations, furniture and household items for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Necessities urgently needed include beds, couches, tables, chairs, kitchen utensils and crockery among other items. Further information available by calling Terrence Williams, Breezy Point Catholic Club Pipes and Drum, 204-25 9th Ave., Breezy Point, NY 11697. Tel. (917) 744-2347. Donations accepted online at http://breezypipes.coffeecup.com

 

Children’s Programs

 

The Irish Arts Center located at 553 W. 51st St., NYC, offers programs for children including Irish Dancing, Celtic Harp and Gaelic Kids. See www.irishartscenter.org

 

Dances/Dinner Dances/Parties

 

Dinner Dance - The Emerald Isle Immigration Center will hold their 25th Anniversary Dinner Dance on Friday, October 25 at the Astoria World Manor. This year’s honorees are Honorable Charles E. Schumer, Dr. Miriam Nyhan, Rory McCreesh and Frank Carvill Award Recipient John DeCourcey. For additional details please call the Woodside, Queens office at 718-478-5502 or Woodlawn, Bronx office at 718-324-3039.

 

AIHS Annual Dinner – The American Irish Historical Society, 991 Fifth Avenue, NYC, will present its Gold Medal of Honor to Kevin M. Cahill, M.D., President-General of the American Irish Historical Society, 1974-2013 at the Society’s One Hundred and Sixteenth Annual Dinner on Thursday, November 7. Further information at (212) 288-2263.

 

AOH Div. 4 Dinner Dance – The Martin J. Kearns Div. 4 New York County Ancient Order of Hibernians will hold their Annual Dinner Dance on Sunday, Oct. 27, 4-9pm, at Astoria World Manor, 29-33 Astoria Blvd., Astoria, NY. Guest O Honor: Hon. John T. Ahern, Business Manager, Local 30 and IUOE; The Patrick Cahill Memorial Award recipient, Garrett Doyle. Cocktails at 4pm. Dinner and awards 5-9pm.Tickets $85 pp. Reservations at (917) 797-6953 or 917-699-3256. E-mail: prunty1185@gmail.com  

 

Irish Associations of Greater Bergen County Awards Recipients – The Council of Irish Associations of Greater Bergen County will hold their Annual Grand Marshal’s Dinner on Saturday, November 2 at 7:00pm at the Graycliff Manor, Moonachie, NJ. Honorees: The Turlough O’Carolan Award for Music and Dance, Mattie Connolly and Deirdre Connolly; The William Butler Yeats Award for Literature, Peter Quinn and The Sister Trinity Humanitarian Award, Michael Maron. Further details please call Kevin Duffy at (201) 956-3272.

 

Union County Police and Fire Pipes and Drums Pub Night will be held Friday, Nov. 1, at 7:30pm at the Kenilworth Veterans Center, 33 South 21st St., Kenilworth, NJ.  Honoree, Bob Brower, NJ State Firefighters’ Mutual Benevolent Association Executive V.P.  Tickets at 908-230-7084. Further info. at www.unioncountypipeband.com

 

The Doonbeg Social Club Annual Dance – The annual dance of the Doonbeg Social Club will be held November 2 at 8pm at the Kerry Hall, 305 McLean Ave., Yonkers, NY. Guest of Honor, James Clune. Music by The Tara Gold Band. Adm. $20. Information at (718) 939-5772.

 

Halloween Dance in Mineola – The Irish American Association of Nassau, Suffolk & Queens will hold a Halloween Dance on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 9pm at 297 Willis Ave. Mineola, NY. Music by Tommy Mulvihill. Details at (516) 746-9392.

 

Co. Clare Assoc. Annual Ball – The Co. Clare PB&S Association of New York City 125th Annual Ball will be held Saturday, Nov. 9 at Riverside Church, 490 Riverside Drive, NY. Cocktails at 7pm. Dinner and dancing from 8-midnight. Claremen of the Year, Kevin Grady native of Sixmilebridge and Tony Nolan native of Kilkee. MC, Ger Loughnane. Music by Cunningham Brothers Band. Reservations: (646) 489-5258 or (917) 828-5173. E-mail: coclareassociationnyc@gmail.com

 

Dublin Society of New York Annual Dinner Dance – The Annual Dinner Dance of the Dublin Society of New York will be held Saturday, Nov. 2, 7:30pm – 12:30am, at Terrace on the Park, Flushing Meadows, Queens, NY. Guest of Honor: Derek Warfield. Terry Long Award Recipient: Donal Crosbie. Adm. $95. Music by New York Showband. Details a (917) 502-5847 or (718) 509-7653.

 

Music/Concert

 

Anthony Kearns Launches CD – Irish Tenors’ star Anthony Kearns, has launched his new CD “With a Song in My Heart.” The Co. Wexford native will also sing at 30 concerts across the country over the next six months.  For more details on his CD and concert schedule, go to www.anthonykearnstenor.com.

 

Samhain Traditional Irish Music Festival – Fleadh Cheoil na Samhna ar an tSean-Nos – The Fleadh Cheoil will be held on Saturday, October 26, 11:30AM-4PM, at Hays Theatre, Wilbur Arts Center, North side of Campus, Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY. All welcome to enjoy piping, sean-nos singing in Irish, harping, Gaelic poetry, fiddling, Gaelic storytelling and more in this first annual celebration. Refreshments served. Further details please email Jerry Kelly at jerrykelly@at.netor or call (516) 804-2968.

 

IRELAND The Show – Rapidfire International Inc. present The World Champions Are Coming , Ireland The Show, at the following: Nov. 1 at 8pm, Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, Patchogue, NY. Box Office, 1-631-207-1313; Nov. 2, 8pm, Garde Arts Center, New London, CT. Box Office 860-444-7373; Nov. 4 & 5 at 7:30pm, SOPAC, South Orange, NJ. Box Office 973-313-2787. See www.irelandtheshow.com

 

Connolly Station presents live music every weekend at 280 Hempstead Ave., Malverne, L.I.  Details, (516) 887-5160.

 

Ceili/Seisiun

 

Kevin Barry Irish Club Ceili – The Kevin Barry Ceili will be held at Lomala, Fishkill, NY on Oct. 27 and Nov. 24 from 2:30pm – 6:30pm. Details at (845) 331-7486.

 

The Michael Coleman-Martin O’Grady Branch of CCE will sponsor a ceili on November 1 at the Kerry Hall, Yonkers, NY. Music by Ceol na gCroi. The Erin Loughran School of Music will entertain from 7pm. Details at (718) 822-2791 or kgalla2136@gmail.com.

 

Irish American Association of NW Jersey will hold a ceili on Sunday, Oct. 27 a 4pm at Richard Mine Road, Rockaway, NJ. Music by Ceol na gCroi Ceili Band. Details at (973) 853-7047.

 

Language/Music/Dance Classes.

 

Irish Language Immersion Weekend – Daltai na Gaeilge will host an Irish Language Immersion Weekend at Appel Farm Arts and Music Center, Elmer, NJ, on Friday evening November 8 through Sunday afternoon November 10. The weekend will include classes for everyone with workshops in music, dance and Irish Conversation; Lectures in Irish and English; Mass on Saturday evening in Irish; Seisiun and Ceili Mor Saturday night with live music and a costume ball. Register at www.daltai.com or contact Liam Guidry at (732) 571-1988.

 

The Irish Studies Institute at Molloy College – The Institute’s fall program, including its Ancient Irish Genealogy seminar and its certificate program in Irish Language and Gaelic Culture is now in session. For details see www.irishribes.com/molloy.html or call Cathy Muscente at (516) 323-4710.

 

Glucksman Ireland House NYU offers a Master of Arts in Irish and Irish American Studies for students of all ages at its Washington Square Campus. For more information contact Prof. John P. Waters, Director of Graduate Studies – Email gsas.irishstudies.ma@nyu.edu  Web: www.irelandhouse.fas.nyu.edu/page/graduate

 

The Emerald Isle Immigration Center, Katonah Ave., Woodlawn offers Irish language classes on Mondays for beginners (9:30am) and advanced (10:30am). For further information call (718) 324-3039 ext. 101.

 

Irish Language classes for adults and children are now available at the New York Irish Center, 1040 Jackson Ave., Queens, NY. For more info. Email: Gaelic4Kids@NewYorkIrishCenter.org  Family discounts available.

 

For details of Irish Language Program at Lehman College, Bronx including, Gaeltacht Weekends, Irish 1 and 2 courses, B.A. in Irish.  See www.lehmangaeilge.org

 

Irish Language classes at all levels are now available at Glucksman Ireland House Details, (212) 477-6177 or po2@nyu.edu

 

The Gerry Tobin Irish Language School is holding a new semester of free Irish language classes on Wednesdays at AOH Hall 27 Locust Ave, Babylon, NY. Details at www.scoilgaeilge.org or call (631) 521-1227.

 

Philo-Celtic Classes The “Philo-Celtic Classes” now available free on the internet worldwide at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/philo-celticsociety

 

Feis

 

The Inis Fada Feis will be held October 26 & 27 at The Irish American Association of Nassau, Suffolk & Queens at 297 Willis Ave, Mineola, NY. 516-746-9392

 

Festivals

 

Carrick-on-Shannon Celebrates 400 Years –Now ongoing through December 2013, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim, will celebrate 400 years, 1613-2013, with a year-long celebration of sport, history, culture and music. Visit www.carrickonshannon400.ie  for the full schedule.

 

Derry-Londonderry Festival – For information on all events please visit www.cityofculture2013.com/2013-progamme/ and download the full program.

 

Cruises

 

Celtic Thunder Cruise. The Celtic Thunder Cruise will take place Nov. 2-7, 2013 on Carnival’s Victory visiting Miami, Ocho Rios and Grand Cayman featuring Celtic Thunder Shows. See www.celticcthunder.com or call toll free US 888-523-5842.

 

Andy Cooney’s Cruise schedule for 2014 includes a 7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise roundtrip from Miami, February 1-8, 2014 featuring Andy Cooney and his Band, Ronan Tynan, Paddy Noonan, John Whelan and The Cape May Ceili Band, Screaming Orphans, Dee Reilly and lots more. Two more new trips just announced – Hawaii, May 29-June 8, 2014 and Canadian Irish Party Cruise, September 20-27, 2014.   Details, Travel Professionals 800-724-9511 or travelpro@warwick.net

 

Gertrude Byrne Promotions All Star Irish Caribbean Charter Cruise will take place February 8–15, 2014. Ports of call include Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Mahogany Bay, Roatan, Honduras. Georgetown, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Featuring a host of Ireland’s superstar entertainers including Sean Wilson, Declan Nerney, Brendan Shine, Margo, Tony Jackson, George Casey, Tony Kenny, New York Showband and lots more. For information call toll free: 1 800 356 4713 or visit www.gertrudebyrnepromotions.com

 

Joanie Madden’s Folk ‘N Irish Cruise from Miami to Ocho Rios, Costa Maya & Cozumel, will take place Feb. 2-9, 2014. A 7-Day Western Caribbean Cruise onboard the Norwegian Epic, voted Cruise Ship of the Year. Featuring Joanie and Cherish the Ladies, Sharon Shannon, Makem & Spain Brothers, Matt Molloy, Pride of Moyvane Ceili Band, Gabriel Donohue, Donny Golden, Dermot Hegarty & Frank McKenna, Fr. Charlie Coen Concerts and many more entertainers.  Also Set Dancing and Ceili Dancing, Sing-A-Longs, Waltzing, Late Night Jam Sessions, Lectures & Craic. For booking and further information see www.joaniemaddencruise.com or call 1-855-IRISH-CR.

 

Radio

 

The Celtic Heritage Hour with Joe Brennan Vogel Sundays 8 to 10 a.m. at 89.5 WSOU Seton Hall Radio. Details, (973) 761-9768.

 

The Leitrim Ceili will be broadcast on Tuesday at 8 p.m., and repeats on Wednesday at 4PM on 90.3 FM, WHPC. The station of Nassau Community College. Details, (516) 572-7438.

 

WFUV 90.7 FM presents the following programs: Saturdays, 8-9 a.m. “Mile Failte,” 9 am to Noon “A Thousand Welcomes” Noon to 1 p.m., “Thistle and Shamrock” with Fiona Richie.

On Sundays, Ceol na Gael is broadcast from Noon to 4PM. Details, (718) 817-4550.

 

The “Irish Hour” airs over WKNY 1490 AM every Sunday from 8 to 9 a.m. Sponsored by AOH Div. 1, Ulster County. Listen live at www.wkny1490am.com  on Sundays.

 

Raidio Failte is now available worldwide on the internet. Detailswww.raidiofailte.com and press ‘Eist’ or ‘Listen’ to hear Belfast’s only Irish language radio station.  The first Irish language station in the North of Ireland includes music, Gaeilge, Scottish, folk, traditional and world music as well as news, chat, language lessons and craic.  Email oifig@raidiofailte.com  or Tel. 011-447726572357.

 

“A Drop of the Irish” airs on WTBQ 1110 AM in Orange County NY, every Sunday at Noon and repeats Saturdays at 6 p.m. Also online at www.wtbq.com  Host, Paul Byrne. Details, (845) 800-2124.

 

WRHU 88.7. The Long Ireland Show, hosted by Eileen Cronin airs on Saturdays 2-5 pm on WRHU 88.7 FM Radio Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY.  Featuring county interviews, trivia and Irish music.  From 5-7pm on Saturdays Kevin Westley hosts “That’s How I Spell Ireland.” Tune in for live webcast at www.wrhu.org

 

The “Voice of Erin” radio show is broadcast on Sundays at 4:30 pm, on New York’s WRTN 93.5 FM www.radioerin.com

 

Ireland Calls “Ireland Calls” a music and news summary from Ireland is co-hosted by Tommy Smyth and Treasa Goodwin and is broadcast on Saturdays at 6 pm over WVOX 1460 AM.  Now available on the internet, log onto www.wvox.com  and click on listen live.

 

“Ireland Then and Now” Kean University’s radio 90.3 WKNJ-FM hosted by Ed Callaghan and Fred Marder on Tuesdays from 4 to 6 pm. Details, (908) 737-3949 or www.kean.edu

 

“The Adrian Flannelly Show” every Saturday: New York Tri State regional radio broadcast area:  9AM-10AM WNYE 91.5FM – National Public Radio – HD1. 10AM – 12 Noon WVNJ 1160AM Details, (212) 935-0606 or email list@irishradio.com

 

Celtic Hour from Seton Hall The Celtic Heritage Hour with Joe Brennan Vogel features music, news, reports and interviews Sundays 8 to 10 am, at 89.5 WSOU Seton Hall Radio. Details, (973) 761-9768.

 

Brendan Daly hosts WVKR, 91.3 FM, live Irish radio on Tuesdays, 10 am – Noon and Saturdays, 3 – 4 pm, from Vassar College, Poughkeepsie with news, music, GAA results. Details, www.IrishRadioNY.com

 

The “Irish Road Show” music, songs and information on the island of Ireland is worldwide at your convenience. Go to www.irelandsownradio.com Host, Martin Costello (732) 615-9002.

 

Services

 

The Emerald Isle Immigration Center, Katonah Ave., Woodlawn, offers knitting classes on Tuesdays at 10am. Wool and needles are provided and finished products are donated to local charities and nursing homes. Details, (718) 324-3039 ext. 101.

 

The New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., Long Island City, NY, offers free services and events also classes in Irish dancing, music and language.  For details, (718) 482-0909.

 

Emerald Isle Immigration Center For details of services offered at the Emerald Isle Immigration Center Woodside (59-26 Woodside Ave., Queens) and Woodlawn (4275 Katonah Ave., Bronx) call (718) 478-5502 for Woodside or http://www.eiic.org  and (718) 324-3039 for Woodlawn.

 

The Aisling Irish Community Center, McLean Ave., Yonkers, NY is now offering Education/Computer classes Monday thru Thursday, Irish music and dance classes also available.  Further details call, (914) 224-1274 or visit www.aislingcenter.org

 

Sports-related Events

 

NY Celtics Dinner Dance – The New York Celtics will hold their Annual Dinner Dance on Saturday, October 26 at Gaelic Park, Bronx, NY beginning at 8pm. Guest of Honor, Maureen Cole. Club Person of Year, Keelan McLaughlin. Music by McLean Avenue Band. Tickets at (914) 498-1108 or dee720@optnline.net

 

Card Game in Mineola – The Irish American Association of Nassau, Suffolk & Queens will hold a Card Game at 8 pm on Friday, Nov. 8 at 297 Willis Ave., Mineola, NY. Information at (516) 746-9392.

 

Goal USA’s 2013 ING NYC Marathon Team – How to apply. Email: Tara Maguire: tmaguire@us.goal.ie with name, phone number, level of running experience (beginner, intermediate or advanced) and fundraising commitment. For more information, visit www.goalusa.org

 

TRI-STATE EVENT LISTINGS OCTOBER 9-15, 2013

POSTED ON October 9th  - POSTED IN National and Tri-State Event Listings, News, News & Views

Irish Labor 100 2013 – Honoring Irish-America’s Labor Legacy. A Celebratory Dinner will be held on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, honoring Irish-America’s Labor Legacy. In honor of the centennial anniversary of the 1913 lockout, The Irish Echo is expanding our Third Annual Irish Labor 50 to 100. To nominate please visit: www.irishecho.com. For advertising and sponsorship opportunities please contact Mairead Tully, 11 Hanover Square, Suite 500, New York, NY 10005 (212) 482-4818 Ext. 113 mtully@irishecho.com

 

Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum is now open at Quinnipiac University, located at 3011 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT. For details visit www.ighm.org  or call (203) 582-8655.

 

Fairs

 

The Church of St. Thomas More, 65 East 89th St., Park/Madison. New York will host a “More For Less Fair” on Sat. Oct 26th from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Church is looking for new and almost new designer and vintage clothing, silver, jewelry and crystal. Donations can be given to rectory from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., seven days a week. Call Alice at 212-369-8519.

 

Theatre/Film/Literature

 

Juno and the Paycock at Irish Rep – The Irish Repertory Theatre will present Juno and the Paycock by Sean O’Casey, directed by Charlotte Moore, from October 9 through December 8. The Irish Rep is located at 132 W. 22nd St., (betw. 6th and 7th Aves.) NYC. For further information see www.IrishRep.org or call (212) 727-2737.

 

Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award – Irish American Writers & Artists, Inc. presents The Fifth Annual Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award Celebration in honor of John Patrick Shanley, winner of a Pulitzer, Tony and Oscar on Monday, October 21, 2013, 6-9 PM, at The Manhattan Club (upstairs at Rosie O’Grady’s), 700 Seventh Ave., at 52nd St., Times Square. To order tickets visit the IAW&A web page at www.iamwa.org or contact johnleemedia@gmail.com. Sponsored by Irish American Writers & Artists, Inc., a non-profit organization.

 

Abbey returns to IAC – The Abbey, Ireland’s National Theatre returns to the Irish Arts Center with the U.S. premiere of Maeve’s House, October 17 – November 3. Written and performed by Eamon Morrissey. Directed by Gerard Stembridge.. Visit www.irishartscenter.org to book tickets now.

 

Cill Cais Players – The Cill Cais Players production for 2013 is “Hyacinth Halvey” a One-Act comedy by Lady Gregory & “Excerpts from Popular Irish Plays and Stories.” Directed by Pat Rooney.  Their theatre season runs for the months of October & November. If you are interested in a fundraiser or want to keep the tradition of Irish theatre alive they can customize a program to fit your needs. For further information please call Pat Browne at 917-846-3779, Margaret Frankola 516-897-0861.

 

Special Events

 

The Irish American Association of Nassau, Suffolk & Queens will honor Irish American Veterans on Monday, Oct 14 at Noon at 297 Willis Ave, Mineola, NY 516-746-9392

 

Old Calvary Cemetery Walking Tour – The Irish History Roundtable President John Ridge will lead a walking tour of the oldest section of Calvary Cemetery in Woodside, Queens on Saturday, October 26 at 2pm (rain or shine). Meet at 2pm at Cemetery Gate, 34-02 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside. Further details at http://irishnyhistory.org/announ.htm

 

Lectures

 

Letterfrack – From Hope to Infamy and Regeneration. Lecture presented by Connemara native Irene Whelan, PhD, Professor of History and Irish Studies at Manhattanville College, on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2-4pm at the Gaelic American Club, 74 Beach Road, Fairfield, CT. Sponsored by Feile Inc. Registration $5. For further information call Mary at (203) 377-2346.

 

Irish Genealogy Help Session On Saturday, October 19, at 10 AM preceding the lecture, starting at 10 a.m., Kathleen McGee will moderate a help session for those researching their Irish roots. Join us for this interesting lecture which will take place: Bethpage Library, 47 Powell Avenue, Bethpage, N.Y. Saturday, October 19, 2013 For information, please email: press@ifhf.orgFor directions, see: www.ifhf.org

 

Mass and Spiritual Events

 

The Sunday Mass is available on the following TV Channels; Channel 5, WNYW-TV 5:30 a.m.; WLNY Channel 10/55 9 a.m.; The Net (formerly The Prayer Channel) on Time Warner Channel 97 and Cablevision Channel 30 @ 6 pm on Saturday.

 

Meetings

 

DV-2015 Lottery/Immigration – Free Public Information Meetings on the DV-2015 Lottery/Immigration will be held as follows: Wednesday, October 9, 6-8pm, at St. Patrick’s Church, Archway Room, 9511 4th Ave., Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Call EIIC (718) 478-5502; Thursday, October 10, 6-8pm, at Emerald Isle Immigration Center, 4275 Katonah Ave., Bronx, NY. Call (718) 324-3039. 

 

The Irish Business Association will meet on Tuesday, October 15, 6pm – 8:30pm, at Molly Maguire’s, 1085 Central Ave., Clark, NJ (exit 135 off GSP).

 

Information Sought

 

Exhibition – Do you know anyone who emigrated from Co. Cavan? Cavan County Museum is currently working on an exhibition and looking for photos, tickets, letters and any other memorabilia associated with emigration. Our exhibition covers emigration in the past but also up to the present. If you have any items that would be relevant please contact the museum on 011-353-49-8544070 or ccmuseum@eircom.net

 

The Donegal County Council and the Donegal County Heritage Forum have joined with The Heritage Council to find out more about what Donegal people took with them when they emigrated to various parts of the World throughout the centuries. The Co. Donegal Heritage Office will publish a booklet based on the information collected and are keen to have people contribute their own stories about the items that their family took with them. This may include objects such as suitcases, their contents, small household items, tools, religious artifacts and photographs that people took with them at the time of their migration or letters that people sent home. If you would like to share your own family’s story or participate in this wonderful project please contact the County Donegal Heritage Office by e-mail at: heritage@donegalcoco.ie  or by telephone at (074) 91 72576. For further information see website at www.donegalcoco.ie/heritage

 

Gaeltacht Gathering Tour 2013

 

Tour from the North American Gaeltacht. A community visit to Ireland’s Gaeltacht areas will take place from October 20 thru November 2, 2013. The Gathering Tour is being organized jointly by Cumann na Gaeltachta, Glór na nGael, Gaeilge Muigh Eo, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann, Oideas Gael and a large number of Irish language community organizations in Ireland.  Further information Tel. (613) 541 6000 ext. 6042. Fax. (613) 541-6040.

 

An Siopa Leabhar ar-line go fior-luath at www.cnag.ie

 

For details of events at Glucksman Ireland House at NYU (readings, talks, lectures, film screenings, concerts and workshops), visit www.irelandhouse.fas.nyu.edu  or call (212) 998-3850.

 

Benefits/Fundraisers

 

John O’Hara Memorial Benefit On August 14, 2013, John O’Hara passed away suddenly at age 43, leaving behind his wife Alice and 5 young children. Shane (9), Austin (7), Owen (7), Ailish (5) and J.P. (4). John grew up in Tourlestrane, Co Sligo, Ireland. He lived in Pearl River, NY for 20 years. Was a member of Division 3 AOH, Carpenters Local 608, and an avid member of the Sligo Association. Please join us for a fundraising benefit for his family! A Great Day of Entertainment is planned. * Live Bands * Raffles * Auctions SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2013 2:00-10:00; EMMETT’S CASTLE, 285 BLUE HILL ROAD, PEARL RIVER. Chairperson: Gerry McGwyne 917-416-7980; Co-Chairperson: Vince Tyer 914-588-1611; Chris Cawley 845-222-8658; Brendan Cunney 845-480-0417; Emmett Woods 914-804-8466; Patsy Kivlehan 917-478-8815; Treasurer: Ailish Cunney 845-480-0410; Co-Treasurer: Alice Brady Kivlehan 845-499-6535; Ticket Sales: Carmel Reilly 845-826-0982

 

Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind Fundraiser – The annual fundraiser for Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind will be held on October 27, 3-8pm at Rory Dolan’s, 890 McLean Ave., Yonkers, NY. The $30 donation includes a buffet dinner. Entertainment by Gerard Corbett, Susan Gillespie, Maurice O’Sullivan, Flynn School of Irish Dance. Special appearance by NYPD Pipes and Drums and Dermot Henry. Further details at (212) 534-8867.

 

Breezy Point Disaster Relief. The Breezy Point Catholic Club Pipes & Drum are seeking donations, furniture and household items for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Necessities urgently needed include beds, couches, tables, chairs, kitchen utensils and crockery among other items. Further information available by calling Terrence Williams, Breezy Point Catholic Club Pipes and Drum, 204-25 9th Ave., Breezy Point, NY 11697. Tel. (917) 744-2347. Donations accepted online at http://breezypipes.coffeecup.com

 

Children’s Programs

 

The Irish Arts Center located at 553 W. 51st St., NYC, offers programs for children including Irish Dancing, Celtic Harp and Gaelic Kids. See www.irishartscenter.org

 

Dances/Dinner Dances/Parties

 

Dinner Dance - The Emerald Isle Immigration Center will hold their 25th Anniversary Dinner Dance on Friday, October 25 at the Astoria World Manor. This year’s honorees are Honorable Charles E. Schumer, Dr. Miriam Nyhan, Rory McCreesh and Frank Carvill Award Recipient John DeCourcey. For additional details please call the Woodside, Queens office at 718-478-5502 or Woodlawn, Bronx office at 718-324-3039.

 

AIHS Annual Dinner – The American Irish Historical Society, 991 Fifth Avenue, NYC, will present its Gold Medal of Honor to Kevin M. Cahill, M.D., President-General of the American Irish Historical Society, 1974-2013 at the Society’s One Hundred and Sixteenth Annual Dinner on Thursday, November 7. Further information at (212) 288-2263.

 

Irish Associations of Greater Bergen County Awards Recipients – The Council of Irish Associations of Greater Bergen County will hold their Annual Grand Marshal’s Dinner on Saturday, November 2 at 7:00pm at the Graycliff Manor, Moonachie, NJ. Honorees: The Turlough O’Carolan Award for Music and Dance, Mattie Connolly and Deirdre Connolly; The William Butler Yeats Award for Literature, Peter Quinn and The Sister Trinity Humanitarian Award, Michael Maron. Further details please call Kevin Duffy at (201) 956-3272.

 

Music/Concert

 

Anthony Kearns Launches CD – Irish Tenors’ star Anthony Kearns, has launched his new CD “With a Song in My Heart.” The Co. Wexford native will also sing at 30 concerts across the country over the next six months.  For more details on his CD and concert schedule, go to www.anthonykearnstenor.com.

 

Comhaltas Concert in Rockaway – An Afternoon of Irish Culture hosted by The Killoran-Clancy-Whelan Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann will be held on Sunday, Oct. 13, Noon – 4PM at The Knights of Columbus, 333 Beach 90th St. Rockaway Beach, NY. Featuring Irish dance, music, language and fun for the entire family. Free admission. Further details at (718) 945-9364. 

 

Echoes of Erin – Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann will perform in concert on Thursday, Oct. 10, 7:30pm at Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft, NJ. Details, (732) 915-2191 and on Friday, Oct. 11, 8pm at Sacred Heart Univ., Edgerton Center, Fairfield, CT. Call (203) 371-7908. See www.ccenorthamrica.org

 

Appearing October 10 at 8pm T.R. Dallas at The Irish American Association of Nassau, Suffolk & Queens at 297 Willis Ave, Mineola, NY. Adm. $20. 516-746-9392

 

Fundraising Concert in Fairfield – On Thursday, October 17 at 7pm, a fundraising concert sponsored by the 1916 Easter Rising Committee will be held at the Gaelic American Club, Fairfield, Ct. Featuring direct from Ireland, Aly Harron and Marion Curry, performing Country & Irish music and songs. Adm. $20. Proceeds donated toward the monument to be erected in honor of the 1916 Easter Rising. Further details please call (203) 377-4586.

 

Samhain Traditional Irish Music Festival – Fleadh Cheoil na Samhna ar an tSean-Nos – The Fleadh Cheoil will be held on Saturday, October 26, 11:30AM-4PM, at Hays Theatre, Wilbur Arts Center, North side of Campus, Molloy College, Rockville Centre, NY. All welcome to enjoy piping, sean-nos singing in Irish, harping, Gaelic poetry, fiddling, Gaelic storytelling and more in this first annual celebration. Refreshments served. Further details please email Jerry Kelly at jerrykelly@at.netor or call (516) 804-2968.

 

Connolly Station presents live music every weekend at 280 Hempstead Ave., Malverne, L.I.  Details, (516) 887-5160.

 

Ceili/Seisiun

 

The Irish American Association of Nassau, Suffolk & Queens will hold a Ceili on Saturday, Oct 19 at 8pm at 297 Willis Ave, Mineola, NY. Music by Pete Kelly Premier Ceili Band. 516-746-9392

 

Language/Music/Dance Classes.

 

Irish Language Immersion Weekend – Daltai na Gaeilge will host an Irish

Language Immersion Weekend in Elmer, NJ, on Friday evening November 8 through Sunday afternoon November 10. The weekend will include classes for everyone with workshops in music, dance and Irish Conversation; Lectures in Irish and English; Mass on Saturday evening in Irish; Seisiun and Ceili Mor Saturday night with live music and a costume ball. Register at www.daltai.com or contact Liam Guidry at (732) 571-1988.

 

The Irish Studies Institute at Molloy College – The Institute’s 12-week fall program, including its Ancient Irish Genealogy seminar and its certificate program in Irish Language and Gaelic Culture started on Saturday, September 14. For details and registration see www.irishribes.com/molloy.html or call Cathy Muscente at (516) 323-4710.

 

Glucksman Ireland House NYU is offering a Master of Arts in Irish and Irish American Studies for students of all ages at its Washington Square Campus. For more information contact Prof. John P. Waters, Director of Graduate Studies – Email gsas.irishstudies.ma@nyu.edu  Web: www.irelandhouse.fas.nyu.edu/page/graduate

 

The Emerald Isle Immigration Center, Katonah Ave., Woodlawn offers Irish language classes on Mondays for beginners (9:30am) and advanced (10:30am). For further information call (718) 324-3039 ext. 101.

 

Irish Language classes for adults and children are now available at the New York Irish Center, 1040 Jackson Ave., Queens, NY. For more info. Email: Gaelic4Kids@NewYorkIrishCenter.org  Family discounts available.

 

For details of Irish Language Program at Lehman College, Bronx including, Gaeltacht Weekends, Irish 1 and 2 courses, B.A. in Irish.  See www.lehmangaeilge.org

 

Irish Language classes at all levels are now available at Glucksman Ireland House Details, (212) 477-6177 or po2@nyu.edu

 

The Gerry Tobin Irish Language School is holding a new semester of free Irish language classes on Wednesdays at AOH Hall 27 Locust Ave, Babylon, NY. Details at www.scoilgaeilge.org or call (631) 521-1227.

 

Philo-Celtic Classes The new term of the “Philo-Celtic Classes” is now available free on the internet worldwide at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/philo-celticsociety

 

Feis

 

The Inis Fada Feis will be held October 26 & 27 at The Irish American Association of Nassau, Suffolk & Queens at 297 Willis Ave, Mineola, NY. 516-746-9392

 

Festivals

 

Carrick-on-Shannon Celebrates 400 Years –Now ongoing through December 2013, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim, will celebrate 400 years, 1613-2013, with a year-long celebration of sport, history, culture and music. Visit www.carrickonshannon400.ie  for the full schedule.

 

Derry-Londonderry Festival – For information on all events please visit www.cityofculture2013.com/2013-progamme/ and download the full program.

 

Cruises

 

Celtic Thunder Cruise. The Celtic Thunder Cruise will take place Nov. 2-7, 2013 on Carnival’s Victory visiting Miami, Ocho Rios and Grand Cayman featuring Celtic Thunder Shows. See www.celticcthunder.com or call toll free US 888-523-5842.

 

Andy Cooney’s Cruise schedule for 2013 includes a Musical Tour of Ireland, Oct. 14-24. A 7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise roundtrip from Miami, February 1-8, 2014 featuring Andy Cooney and his Band, Ronan Tynan, Paddy Noonan, John Whelan and The Cape May Ceili Band, Screaming Orphans, Dee Reilly and lots more. Two more new trips just announced – Hawaii, May 29-June 8, 2014 and Canadian Irish Party Cruise, September 20-27, 2014.   Details, Travel Professionals 800-724-9511 or travelpro@warwick.net

 

Gertrude Byrne Promotions All Star Irish Caribbean Charter Cruise will take place February 8–15, 2014. Ports of call include Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Mahogany Bay, Roatan, Honduras. Georgetown, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Featuring a host of Ireland’s superstar entertainers including Sean Wilson, Declan Nerney, Brendan Shine, Margo, Tony Jackson, George Casey, Tony Kenny, New York Showband and lots more. For information call toll free: 1 800 356 4713 or visit www.gertrudebyrnepromotions.com

 

Joanie Madden’s Folk ‘N Irish Cruise from Miami to Ocho Rios, Costa Maya & Cozumel, will take place Feb. 2-9, 2014. A 7-Day Western Caribbean Cruise onboard the Norwegian Epic, voted Cruise Ship of the Year. Featuring Joanie and Cherish the Ladies, Sharon Shannon, Makem & Spain Brothers, Matt Molloy, Pride of Moyvane Ceili Band, Gabriel Donohue, Donny Golden, Dermot Hegarty & Frank McKenna, Fr. Charlie Coen Concerts and many more entertainers.  Also Set Dancing and Ceili Dancing, Sing-A-Longs, Waltzing, Late Night Jam Sessions, Lectures & Craic. For booking and further information see www.joaniemaddencruise.com or call 1-855-IRISH-CR.

 

Radio

 

The Celtic Heritage Hour with Joe Brennan Vogel Sundays 8 to 10 a.m. at 89.5 WSOU Seton Hall Radio. Details, (973) 761-9768.

 

The Leitrim Ceili will be broadcast on Tuesday at 8 p.m., and repeats on Wednesday at 4PM on 90.3 FM, WHPC. The station of Nassau Community College. Details, (516) 572-7438.

 

WFUV 90.7 FM presents the following programs: Saturdays, 8-9 a.m. “Mile Failte,” 9 am to Noon “A Thousand Welcomes” Noon to 1 p.m., “Thistle and Shamrock” with Fiona Richie.

On Sundays, Ceol na Gael is broadcast from Noon to 4PM. Details, (718) 817-4550.

 

The “Irish Hour” airs over WKNY 1490 AM every Sunday from 8 to 9 a.m. Sponsored by AOH Div. 1, Ulster County. Listen live at www.wkny1490am.com  on Sundays.

 

Raidio Failte is now available worldwide on the internet. Detailswww.raidiofailte.com and press ‘Eist’ or ‘Listen’ to hear Belfast’s only Irish language radio station.  The first Irish language station in the North of Ireland includes music, Gaeilge, Scottish, folk, traditional and world music as well as news, chat, language lessons and craic.  Email oifig@raidiofailte.com  or Tel. 011-447726572357.

 

“A Drop of the Irish” airs on WTBQ 1110 AM in Orange County NY, every Sunday at Noon and repeats Saturdays at 6 p.m. Also online at www.wtbq.com  Host, Paul Byrne. Details, (845) 800-2124.

 

WRHU 88.7. The Long Ireland Show, hosted by Eileen Cronin airs on Saturdays 2-5 pm on WRHU 88.7 FM Radio Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY.  Featuring county interviews, trivia and Irish music.  From 5-7pm on Saturdays Kevin Westley hosts “That’s How I Spell Ireland.” Tune in for live webcast at www.wrhu.org

 

The “Voice of Erin” radio show is broadcast on Sundays at 4:30 pm, on New York’s WRTN 93.5 FM www.radioerin.com

 

Ireland Calls “Ireland Calls” a music and news summary from Ireland is co-hosted by Tommy Smyth and Treasa Goodwin and is broadcast on Saturdays at 6 pm over WVOX 1460 AM.  Now available on the internet, log onto www.wvox.com  and click on listen live.

 

“Ireland Then and Now” Kean University’s radio 90.3 WKNJ-FM hosted by Ed Callaghan and Fred Marder on Tuesdays from 4 to 6 pm. Details, (908) 737-3949 or www.kean.edu

 

“The Adrian Flannelly Show” every Saturday: New York Tri State regional radio broadcast area:  9AM-10AM WNYE 91.5FM – National Public Radio – HD1. 10AM – 12 Noon WVNJ 1160AM Details, (212) 935-0606 or email list@irishradio.com

 

Celtic Hour from Seton Hall The Celtic Heritage Hour with Joe Brennan Vogel features music, news, reports and interviews Sundays 8 to 10 am, at 89.5 WSOU Seton Hall Radio. Details, (973) 761-9768.

 

Brendan Daly hosts WVKR, 91.3 FM, live Irish radio on Tuesdays, 10 am – Noon and Saturdays, 3 – 4 pm, from Vassar College, Poughkeepsie with news, music, GAA results. Details, www.IrishRadioNY.com

 

The “Irish Road Show” music, songs and information on the island of Ireland is worldwide at your convenience. Go to www.irelandsownradio.com Host, Martin Costello (732) 615-9002.

 

Services

 

DV Lottery - The Emerald Isle Immigration Center will be hosting DV-2015 Lottery/Immigration Free Public Information Meetings in St. Patrick’s Church in Brooklyn on Wednesday, Oct. 9 and in our Woodlawn, Bronx office on Thursday, Oct. 10. All meetings are from 6-8pm. For additional details please call our Woodside office at 718-478-5502 or our Woodlawn office at 718-324-3039.

 

The Emerald Isle Immigration Center, Katonah Ave., Woodlawn, offers knitting classes on Tuesdays at 10am. Wool and needles are provided and finished products are donated to local charities and nursing homes. Details, (718) 324-3039 ext. 101.

 

The New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., Long Island City, NY, offers free services and events also classes in Irish dancing, music and language.  For details, (718) 482-0909.

 

Emerald Isle Immigration Center For details of services offered at the Emerald Isle Immigration Center Woodside (59-26 Woodside Ave., Queens) and Woodlawn (4275 Katonah Ave., Bronx) call (718) 478-5502 for Woodside or http://www.eiic.org  and (718) 324-3039 for Woodlawn.

 

The Aisling Irish Community Center, McLean Ave., Yonkers, NY is now offering Education/Computer classes Monday thru Thursday, Irish music and dance classes also available.  Further details call, (914) 224-1274 or visit www.aislingcenter.org

 

Sports-related Events

 

Goal USA’s 2013 ING NYC Marathon Team – How to apply. Email: Tara Maguire: tmaguire@us.goal.ie with name, phone number, level of running experience (beginner, intermediate or advanced) and fundraising commitment. For more information, visit www.goalusa.org

NATIONAL EVENT LISTINGS OCTOBER 9-15, 2013

POSTED ON October 9th  - POSTED IN National and Tri-State Event Listings, News, News & Views

Arizona

 

The Irish American Gaelic Society of Tucson meets third Sunday of month at VFW Post 549, 1884 S. Caycroft, Phoenix. Details, (520) 586-4513.

 

The Irish Foundation of Arizona meets first Wednesday of month, 7 pm, at Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Details, (602) 258-0109.

 

Boston

 

Echoes of Erin a Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann Concert of Irish traditional music, song, dance and humor will be held on Saturday, Oct. 12, 8pm at Waltham High School Waltham, MA. Details, (508) 947-8688.

 

Boston Book Festival – The fifth annual Boston Book Festival, presented in partnership with WBUR, will be held October 17-19, 2013 in various locations in Copley Square. For more information, visit www.bostonbookfest.org

 

WNTN-AM 1550 Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann promotes Irish traditional music and dance throughout the world. The weekly radio program is broadcast each Saturday from Noon to 1:30 pm on WNTN-AM 1550.

 

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Located at Columbia Point, Boston. Details, www.jfklibrary.org  or (617) 514-1600.

 

Community Counseling Services (serving all nations) are offered at the Irish Immigration Center, 59 Temple Place, Boston. Details, (617) 542-7654.

 

For details of concerts and events in Massachusetts visit www.IrishMassachusetts.com

 

WGBH FM 89.7 broadcasts A Celtic Sojourn Radio Program, a selection of traditional and contemporary music from the Celtic countries on Saturday afternoons. Hosted by Brian O’Donovan. Details, (617) 300-5400 or www.celtic@wgbh.org

 

Boston Radio Station WERS 88.9 FM, presents “Celtic Traditions” every Sunday from 6 to 8 a.m. Details, (617) 578-8890.

 

The Sean Folan Show airs on Boston Cable Channel 23A Fridays at 9 pm and on Norwood and Westwood Cable on Tuesdays at 7:30 pm. Details, (617) 983-9094.

 

WROL 950 AM Feast of Irish Music show, features news, music, weather and sports live from Ireland on Sundays from 1 to 5 pm. Details, (617) 328-0880 ext. 501.

 

For details and events at The Irish Cultural Center, 200 New Boston Drive, Canton, call (781) 821-8291 or visit www.irishculture.org

 

Canada

 

For a full schedule of events at St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts and Humanities, home of the National Irish Canadian Culture Centre, 310 St. Patrick St., Ottawa, visit www.SAINTBRIGIDS.CA   or call (613) 244-7373.

 

Gaeltacht Gathering Tour 2013. Chance of a Lifetime – Visit Ireland’s Irish-speaking communities in the company of other Irish speakers and learners from North America. Further information, Aralt Mac Giolla Chainnigh, Kenny-h@rmc.ca or call (613) 541-6000 ext. 6042.

 

Chicago

 

For details of events and happenings at Gaelic Park, located at 6119 W. 147th St., Oak Forest, call (708) 598-6800 or www.chicagogaelicpark.org

 

The Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox Ave., Chicago, offers Irish cultural events and entertainment. For details, (773) 282-7035 or www.irishamhc.com  For information, call the center at (773) 282-7035.

 

On Sunday evenings from 7-9, WCEV 1450 AM in Chicago broadcasts news and sports direct from Ireland also latest events and happenings at Gaelic Park. The program can be heard live over the internet on Sunday evenings at www.wcev1450.com  Details, (708) 687-9330.

 

Colorado

 

The Denver AOH meets second Wednesday of month in Denver Press Club. Details, (303) 439-0924.

 

Florida

 

The Sons and Daughters of Erin hold monthly meetings the third Wednesday of month at 6:30 PM, at San Marco Parish Center. New members welcome. Details, (239) 394-0229.

 

The Friendly Sons and Daughters of Ireland meet at 7 pm on the third Tuesday of each month at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Ravenswood Lane, Port St. Lucie. Details, (772) 873-6615; email: portstlucieirish@aol.com

 

The Irish American Club of Central Florida meets second Sunday of month, 1:30 pm, at St. Mary Magdalene Church, Maitland. Details, (386) 668-0159.

 

Georgia

 

The Hibernian Benevolent Society of Atlanta meets second Thursday of month, 7 pm, at Harp Irish Pub, Roswell. Info. (770) 640-0287 or www.irishatlanta.com

 

Louisiana

 

The Acadian Division of the AOH meets last Thursday of month at 6:30 pm, in meeting room at Lafayette Motors, 1515 Jefferson St., Lafayette. Details, (337) 856-9001.

 

Maryland

 

Reflections of Ireland on WHFC 91.1 FM, with host Ed McBride, is broadcast Sundays and Mondays 4-6pm, and also on the web at www.whfc911.org  Details, (410) 256-1010. 

 

Michigan

 

The Crotty-Doran branch (Detroit-Windsor) of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann holds classes in language, music, and dance every Thursday night at the White Heather Club, 150 Vester, Ferndale. Details, www.irishmusic.nu  or (734) 420-0962.

 

Gaelic League. Irish entertainment, featuring dance, ceili and tin whistle every weekend in the Gaelic League, 2068 Michigan Ave., Detroit. Details, (313) 537-3489.

 

New England

 

The Harp and Bard Irish radio program airs Sundays, 5 to 7 pm, on WMPG 90.9 FM or www.wmpg.org  in Portland, Maine.

 

New York State

 

Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann will present Echoes of Erin, a concert of Irish traditional music, song, dance and humor on Sunday, Oct. 13, 6pm, at Rome Free Academy Auditorium, Rome, NY. Details, (315) 827-4291. See www.uticairish.org

 

The Echoes of Erin radio program featuring Irish music and song, airs Saturdays, 4 to 5pm on WJJI 1440 AM in the Niagara Falls region. ”Echoes of Ireland” Radio show hosted by Sean Hennessey every Sunday, Noon to 1 pm on 1240 WATN, Watertown, NY.

 

Ohio

 

The Cleveland Ceili Club holds set dance classes on Tuesdays 7:30PM at St. Clarence Church Hall, Lorain Rd., North Olmsted. Info, (440) 356-2999.

 

Pennsylvania

 

Echoes of Erin is broadcast on Sundays from 12:30pm – 2 pm over WEDO 810 AM and later in the day at www.wedo810.com. Hosted by Diane V. Byrnes. Details, (412) 781-6368.

 

Michael Tubridy and James Keane in concert – On Saturday, October 12 at 8pm, the Philadelphia Ceili Group will host Chieftains founding member Michael Tubridy and All Ireland button accordionist James Keane in concert at the Irish Center, Carpenter Lane and Emlen St., Phila. For further information see www.philadelphiaceiligroup.org

 

The Carolinas

 

The Irish Society of Charlotte, founded in 1986. For information please call Margaret Shannon, (704) 541-6665.

 

Texas

 

For details of all Irish events in the Texas area; visit the Harp and Shamrock Society of Texas website, at www.harpandshamrock.org  or email: Irishinsatx@aol.com  editor’s email: shamrockeditor@gmail.com

 

Washington DC

 

The Irish Radio Show hosted by Pat Troy and Jim Courtney features Irish music, news and sports every Sunday from 11am to Noon. Listen live or to an archived show anytime at www.wust1120.com

The draws for the 2014 GAA Football & Hurling Championships

POSTED ON October 4th  - POSTED IN News, News & Views, Sport, Sports

 

Leinster GAA Hurling Championship Draw:

Leinster GAA Hurling Champ 2014 Quarter-Finals: Wexford v Qualifier Group Winners; Galway v Qualifier Group Runners-Up; Kilkenny v Offaly.

Leinster Hurling Champ 2014 Semi-Finals: Dublin v Wex/Group Winners; Galway/ Qualifier Group Runners-Up v Kilkenny/Offaly.

Qualifier Group: Laois, Antrim, Carlow, Westmeath, London.

Munster GAA Hurling Championship Draw:

Munster GAA Hurling Championship Quarter-Final: Waterford v Cork

Munster GAA Hurling Championship Semi-Finals: Tipperary v Limerick; Clare v Waterford/Cork

Munster GAA Football Championship Draw:

Munster GAA Football Championship Quarter-Finals: Tipperary v Limerick; Clare v Waterford.

Munster GAA Football Championship Semi-Finals: Cork v Tipperary/Limerick; Kerry v Clare/Waterford.

Connacht GAA Football Championship Draw:

Preliminary Round: New York v Mayo

Quarter-Finals: London v Galway; Roscommon v Leitrim

Semi-Finals: London/Galway v Sligo; New York/Mayo v Roscommon/Leitrim

Ulster GAA Football Championship Draw:

Preliminary Round: Tyrone v Down

Quarter-Finals: Tyrone/Down v Monaghan; Fermanagh v Antrim; Derry v Donegal; Armagh v Cavan

Leinster GAA Football Championship Draw:

Round 1: Wicklow v Laois; Longford v Offaly; Westmeath v Louth

Quarter-Finals: Wicklow/Laois v Dublin; Longford/Offaly v Wexford; Westmeath/Louth v Kildare; Carlow v Meath


 

Tri-State Event Listings October 2-8, 2013

POSTED ON October 2nd  - POSTED IN National and Tri-State Event Listings, News, News & Views

Irish Labor 100 2013 – Honoring Irish-America’s Labor Legacy. A Celebratory Dinner will be held on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, honoring Irish-America’s Labor Legacy. In honor of the centennial anniversary of the 1913 lockout, The Irish Echo is expanding our Third Annual Irish Labor 50 to 100. To nominate please visit: www.irishecho.com. For advertising and sponsorship opportunities please contact Mairead Tully, 11 Hanover Square, Suite 500, New York, NY 10005 (212) 482-4818 Ext. 113 – mtully@irishecho.com

 

Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum is now open at Quinnipiac University, located at 3011 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT. For details visit www.ighm.org  or call (203) 582-8655.

 

Fairs

 

The Church of St. Thomas More, 65 East 89th St., Park/Madison. New York will host a “More For Less Fair” on Sat. Oct 26th from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Church is looking for new and almost new designer and vintage clothing, silver, jewelry and crystal. Donations can be given to rectory from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., seven days a week. Call Alice at 212-369-8519.

 

The Passaic County Historical Society has announced that the Fifth Annual Passaic County History Fair will be held on Saturday, October 5. This year the fair will take place at the Passaic County Technical Institute, 45 Reinhardt Road, Wayne, New Jersey (www.pcti.tec.nj.us) from 10AM – 4PM.

 

Theatre/Film/Literature

 

Brendan at the Chelsea – Lyric Belfast presents Brendan at the Chelsea by Janet Behan, directed by Adrian Dunbar featuring Adrian Dunbar, Pauline Hutton, Richard Orr, Samantha Pearl, Chris Robinson. Limited engagement Sept. 4 – Oct. 6 at Acorn Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street, NYC. Tickets: 212-239-6200.

 

James Salter at IAC – Legendary author and “writers’ writer” James Salter talks with Booker Prize Judge Frank Delaney about war, love, the foibles of Hollywood and his highly admired 2013 novel, All That Is, on Thursday, October 3 at 7:30pm at The Irish Arts Center, 551 West 51st  St., NYC.  Tickets online or call 866-811-4111.

 

Fall Theatre at Irish Arts Center Maeve’s House Abbey Theatre On Tour October 17 – November 3. See www.irishartscenter.org or call (212) 757-3318.

 

Irish Film New York – NYU’s Cantor Film Center, 36 East 8th Six contemporary Irish films showing NYC’s Cantor Film Center Oct 4-6, 2013, featuring IFTA winning documentary ‘When Ali Came to Ireland’ IFNY is supported by NYU’s Glucksman Ireland House, the Irish Film Board and Culture Ireland. More info info@irishfilmnyc.com www.irishfilmnyc.com

 

Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award – Irish American Writers & Artists, Inc. presents The Fifth Annual Eugene O’Neill Lifetime Achievement Award Celebration in honor of John Patrick Shanley, winner of a Pulitzer, Tony and Oscar on Monday, October 21, 2013, 6-9 PM, at The Manhattan Club (upstairs at Rosie O’Grady’s), 700 Seventh Ave., at 52nd St., Times Square. To order tickets visit the IAW&A web page at www.iamwa.org or contact johnleemedia@gmail.com. Sponsored by Irish American Writers & Artists, Inc., a non-profit organization.

 

Cill Cais Players – The Cill Cais Players production for 2013 is “Hyacinth Halvey” a One-Act comedy by Lady Gregory & “Excerpts from Popular Irish Plays and Stories.” Directed by Pat Rooney.  Their theatre season runs for the months of October & November. If you are interested in a fundraiser or want to keep the tradition of Irish theatre alive they can customize a program to fit your needs. For further information please call Pat Browne at 917-846-3779, Margaret Frankola 516-897-0861.

 

AOH Events

 

AOH Gathering and Sean McBride Humanitarian Award – Members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians from around the country will gather at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Suffern, NY on October 4 and 5 for the interim meeting of the National Board and the President’s Testimonial Dinner. The Sean McBride Humanitarian Award will be presented to Mick Dunleavy for his work in restoring and preserving the Medal of Honor Grove in Valley Forge, PA. For further information please contact Brendan Moore, AOH National President at 845-712-5463 or Brendan.moore@aoh.com

 

Special Events

 

BIA’s Rita Reilly Blood Drive – The Bergen Irish Association (BIA) will hold its 20th Anniversary Blood Drive with Community Blood Services on Friday, October 4, 3:30 – 6:00 pm at the Bergen Irish Association building, 41 Omaha Street. Named for Rita Reilly who started the drive 20 years ago, for her untiring efforts to help those in need. Donors may walk in but appointments recommended. Volunteer blood donors should call 201-251-3703 to schedule appt.  

 

The Irish American Association of Nassau, Suffolk & Queens will honor Irish American Veterans on Monday, Oct 14 at Noon at 297 Willis Ave, Mineola, NY 516-746-9392

 

Lectures

 

Letterfrack – From Hope to Infamy and Regeneration. Lecture presented by Connemara native Irene Whelan, PhD, Professor of History and Irish Studies at Manhattanville College, on Sunday, Oct. 20, 2-4pm at the Gaelic American Club, 74 Beach Road, Fairfield, CT. Sponsored by Feile Inc. Registration $5. For further information call Mary at (203) 377-2346.

 

Irish Genealogy Help Session On Saturday, October 19, at 10 AM preceding the lecture, starting at 10 a.m., Kathleen McGee will moderate a help session for those researching their Irish roots. Join us for this interesting lecture which will take place: Bethpage Library, 47 Powell Avenue, Bethpage, N.Y. Saturday, October 19, 2013 For information, please email: press@ifhf.orgFor directions, see: www.ifhf.org

 

Mass and Spiritual Events

 

The Sunday Mass is available on the following TV Channels; Channel 5, WNYW-TV 5:30 a.m.; WLNY Channel 10/55 9 a.m.; The Net (formerly The Prayer Channel) on Time Warner Channel 97 and Cablevision Channel 30 @ 6 pm on Saturday.

 

Information Sought

 

Exhibition – Do you know anyone who emigrated from Co. Cavan? Cavan County Museum is currently working on an exhibition and looking for photos, tickets, letters and any other memorabilia associated with emigration. Our exhibition covers emigration in the past but also up to the present. If you have any items that would be relevant please contact the museum on 011-353-49-8544070 or ccmuseum@eircom.net

 

The Donegal County Council and the Donegal County Heritage Forum have joined with The Heritage Council to find out more about what Donegal people took with them when they emigrated to various parts of the World throughout the centuries. The Co. Donegal Heritage Office will publish a booklet based on the information collected and are keen to have people contribute their own stories about the items that their family took with them. This may include objects such as suitcases, their contents, small household items, tools, religious artifacts and photographs that people took with them at the time of their migration or letters that people sent home. If you would like to share your own family’s story or participate in this wonderful project please contact the County Donegal Heritage Office by e-mail at: heritage@donegalcoco.ie  or by telephone at (074) 91 72576. For further information see website at www.donegalcoco.ie/heritage

 

Gaeltacht Gathering Tour 2013

 

Tour from the North American Gaeltacht. A community visit to Ireland’s Gaeltacht areas will take place from October 20 thru November 2, 2013. The Gathering Tour is being organized jointly by Cumann na Gaeltachta, Glór na nGael, Gaeilge Muigh Eo, Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Eireann, Oideas Gael and a large number of Irish language community organizations in Ireland.  Further information Tel. (613) 541 6000 ext. 6042. Fax. (613) 541-6040.

 

An Siopa Leabhar ar-line go fior-luath at www.cnag.ie

 

For details of events at Glucksman Ireland House at NYU (readings, talks, lectures, film screenings, concerts and workshops), visit www.irelandhouse.fas.nyu.edu  or call (212) 998-3850.

 

Benefits/Fundraisers

 

John O’Hara Memorial Benefit On August 14, 2013, John O’Hara passed away suddenly at age 43, leaving behind his wife Alice and 5 young children. Shane (9), Austin (7), Owen (7), Ailish (5) and J.P. (4). John grew up in Tourlestrane, Co Sligo, Ireland. He lived in Pearl River, NY for 20 years. Was a member of Division 3 AOH, Carpenters Local 608, and an avid member of the Sligo Association. Please join us for a fundraising benefit for his family! A Great Day of Entertainment is planned. * Live Bands * Raffles * Auctions SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2013 2:00-10:00; EMMETT’S CASTLE, 285 BLUE HILL ROAD, PEARL RIVER. Chairperson: Gerry McGwyne 917-416-7980; Co-Chairperson: Vince Tyer 914-588-1611; Chris Cawley 845-222-8658; Brendan Cunney 845-480-0417; Emmett Woods 914-804-8466; Patsy Kivlehan 917-478-8815; Treasurer: Ailish Cunney 845-480-0410; Co-Treasurer: Alice Brady Kivlehan 845-499-6535; Ticket Sales: Carmel Reilly 845-826-0982

 

Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind Fundraiser – The annual fundraiser for Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind will be held on October 27, 3-8pm at Rory Dolan’s, 890 McLean Ave., Yonkers, NY. The $30 donation includes a buffet dinner. Entertainment by Gerard Corbett, Susan Gillespie, Maurice O’Sullivan, Flynn School of Irish Dance. Special appearance by NYPD Pipes and Drums and Dermot Henry. Further details at (212) 534-8867.

 

Benefit for Make-A-Wish Foundation – The Joseph Nugent Sr. Association of Union County will hold its 26th annual Irish Festival and Picnic to benefit a child with life threatening illness through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, on Sunday, Oct. 6 from 12:30-5:00pm. at the Blackthorn Irish Pub and Restaurant, 651 Michigan Ave., Kenilworth, NJ. For information please call 732-851-5109 or 732-594-1763.

 

Breezy Point Disaster Relief. The Breezy Point Catholic Club Pipes & Drum are seeking donations, furniture and household items for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Necessities urgently needed include beds, couches, tables, chairs, kitchen utensils and crockery among other items. Further information available by calling Terrence Williams, Breezy Point Catholic Club Pipes and Drum, 204-25 9th Ave., Breezy Point, NY 11697. Tel. (917) 744-2347. Donations accepted online at http://breezypipes.coffeecup.com

 

Children’s Programs

 

The Irish Arts Center located at 553 W. 51st St., NYC, offers programs for children including Irish Dancing, Celtic Harp and Gaelic Kids. See www.irishartscenter.org

 

Dances/Dinner Dances/Parties

 

The Irish American Society of Nassau, Suffolk & Queens, 297 Willis Ave., Mineola, NY will hold their annual Harvest Moon Ball on Friday, October 4 at Antun’s, Queens Village.  Honorees Pat & Patsy Kearney, Betty McLoughlin and Rosemarie & Mike Byrne.  Details, (516) 746-9392.

 

Aisling Irish Community Center – The Aisling Irish Community Center will hold its 10th annual Dinner Dance on Friday, October 4th at the Lake Isle Country Club, 660 White Plains Road, Eastchester, New York. The 2013 honorees are: Moloney Family & Staff at Liffey Van Lines; Bridget Flynn, Flynn School of Irish Dance/Business Owner and Tony Gormley, Retired Sergeant of the Mount Vernon Police Dept and President of the Leitrim Society of New York. Tickets $90 each.  Table of ten $900. Further details at (914) 237-5121.  

 

Dinner Dance - The Emerald Isle Immigration Center will be holding their 25th Anniversary Dinner Dance on Friday, October 25 at the Astoria World Manor. This year’s honorees are Honorable Charles E. Schumer, Dr. Miriam Nyhan, Rory McCreesh and Frank Carvill Award Recipient John DeCourcey. For additional details please call the Woodside, Queens office at 718-478-5502 or Woodlawn, Bronx office at 718-324-3039.

 

AIHS Annual Dinner – The American Irish Historical Society, 991 Fifth Avenue, NYC, will present its Gold Medal of Honor to Kevin M. Cahill, M.D., President-General of the American Irish Historical Society, 1974-2013 at the Society’s One Hundred and Sixteenth Annual Dinner on Thursday, November 7. Further information at (212) 288-2263.

 

Music/Concert

 

Comhaltas Echoes of Erin Concert in Mineola – Echoes of Erin, a colorful and exciting show of Irish traditional music, song, dance and humor will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 7:30pm, at the Irish American Center, 297 Willis Ave., Mineola, NY. Details, (631) 698-3305.

 

Echoes of Erin – Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann will perform in concert on Thursday, Oct. 10, 7:30pm at Christian Brothers Academy, Lincroft, NJ. Details, (732) 915-2191 and on Friday, Oct. 11, 8pm at Sacred Heart Univ., Edgerton Center, Fairfield, CT. Call (203) 371-7908. See www.ccenorthamrica.org

 

Appearing October 10 at 8pm T.R. Dallas at The Irish American Association of Nassau, Suffolk & Queens at 297 Willis Ave, Mineola, NY. Adm. $20. 516-746-9392

 

Connolly Station presents live music every weekend at 280 Hempstead Ave., Malverne, L.I.  Details, (516) 887-5160.

 

Ceili/Seisiun

 

Coleman-O’Grady Branch of Comhaltas will host a ceili in the Kerry Hall on Saturday, Oct. 5. Linda Hickman, John Nolan and Brendan Fahy will play for set dancing starting at 8pm. Students of the Erin Loughran School of Music will hold a session prior to the ceili. Information: (718) 822-2791.

 

The Irish American Association of Nassau, Suffolk & Queens will hold a Ceili on Saturday, Oct 19 at 8pm at 297 Willis Ave, Mineola, NY. Music by Pete Kelly Premier Ceili Band. 516-746-9392

 

Language/Music/Dance Classes.

 

Irish Language Immersion Weekend – Daltai na Gaeilge will host an Irish

Language Immersion Weekend in Elmer, NJ, on Friday evening November 8 through Sunday afternoon November 10. The weekend will include classes for everyone with workshops in music, dance and Irish Conversation; Lectures in Irish and English; Mass on Saturday evening in Irish; Seisiun and Ceili Mor Saturday night with live music and a costume ball. Register at www.daltai.com or contact Liam Guidry at (732) 571-1988.

 

The Irish Studies Institute at Molloy College – The Institute’s 12-week fall program, including its Ancient Irish Genealogy seminar and its certificate program in Irish Language and Gaelic Culture started on Saturday, September 14. For details and registration see www.irishribes.com/molloy.html or call Cathy Muscente at (516) 323-4710.

 

Glucksman Ireland House NYU is offering a Master of Arts in Irish and Irish American Studies for students of all ages at its Washington Square Campus. For more information contact Prof. John P. Waters, Director of Graduate Studies – Email gsas.irishstudies.ma@nyu.edu  Web: www.irelandhouse.fas.nyu.edu/page/graduate

 

The Emerald Isle Immigration Center, Katonah Ave., Woodlawn offers Irish language classes on Mondays for beginners (9:30am) and advanced (10:30am). For further information call (718) 324-3039 ext. 101.

 

Irish Language classes for adults and children are now available at the New York Irish Center, 1040 Jackson Ave., Queens, NY. For more info. Email: Gaelic4Kids@NewYorkIrishCenter.org  Family discounts available.

 

For details of Irish Language Program at Lehman College, Bronx including, Gaeltacht Weekends, Irish 1 and 2 courses, B.A. in Irish.  See www.lehmangaeilge.org

 

Irish Language classes at all levels are now available at Glucksman Ireland House Details, (212) 477-6177 or po2@nyu.edu

 

The Gerry Tobin Irish Language School is holding a new semester of free Irish language classes on Wednesdays at AOH Hall 27 Locust Ave, Babylon, NY. Details at www.scoilgaeilge.org or call (631) 521-1227.

 

Philo-Celtic Classes The new term of the “Philo-Celtic Classes” is now available free on the internet worldwide at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/philo-celticsociety

 

Feis

 

The Inis Fada Feis will be held October 26 & 27 at The Irish American Association of Nassau, Suffolk & Queens at 297 Willis Ave, Mineola, NY. 516-746-9392

 

Festivals

 

Carrick-on-Shannon Celebrates 400 Years –Now ongoing through December 2013, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim, will celebrate 400 years, 1613-2013, with a year-long celebration of sport, history, culture and music. Visit www.carrickonshannon400.ie  for the full schedule.

 

Derry-Londonderry Festival – For information on all events please visit www.cityofculture2013.com/2013-progamme/ and download the full program.

 

Cruises

 

Celtic Thunder Cruise. The Celtic Thunder Cruise will take place Nov. 2-7, 2013 on Carnival’s Victory visiting Miami, Ocho Rios and Grand Cayman featuring Celtic Thunder Shows. See www.celticcthunder.com or call toll free US 888-523-5842.

 

Andy Cooney’s Cruise schedule for 2013 includes a Musical Tour of Ireland, Oct. 14-24, also a 7-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise roundtrip from Miami, February 1-8, 2014 featuring Andy Cooney and his Band, Ronan Tynan, Paddy Noonan, John Whelan and The Cape May Ceili Band, Screaming Orphans, Dee Reilly and lots more. Two more new trips just announced – Hawaii, May 29-June 8, 2014 and Canadian Irish Party Cruise, September 20-27, 2014.   Details, Travel Professionals 800-724-9511 or travelpro@warwick.net.

 

Gertrude Byrne Promotions All Star Irish Caribbean Charter Cruise will take place February 8–15, 2014. Ports of call include Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Mahogany Bay, Roatan, Honduras. Georgetown, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. Ocho Rios, Jamaica. Featuring a host of Ireland’s superstar entertainers including Sean Wilson, Declan Nerney, Brendan Shine, Margo, Tony Jackson, George Casey, Tony Kenny, New York Showband and lots more. For information call toll free: 1 800 356 4713 or visit www.gertrudebyrnepromotions.com

 

Joanie Madden’s Folk ‘N Irish Cruise from Miami to Ocho Rios, Costa Maya & Cozumel, will take place Feb. 2-9, 2014. A 7-Day Western Caribbean Cruise onboard the Norwegian Epic, voted Cruise Ship of the Year. Featuring Joanie and Cherish the Ladies, Sharon Shannon, Makem & Spain Brothers, Matt Molloy, Pride of Moyvane Ceili Band, Gabriel Donohue, Donny Golden, Dermot Hegarty & Frank McKenna, Fr. Charlie Coen Concerts and many more entertainers.  Also Set Dancing and Ceili Dancing, Sing-A-Longs, Waltzing, Late Night Jam Sessions, Lectures & Craic. For booking and further information see www.joaniemaddencruise.com or call 1-855-IRISH-CR.

 

Radio

 

The Celtic Heritage Hour with Joe Brennan Vogel Sundays 8 to 10 a.m. at 89.5 WSOU Seton Hall Radio. Details, (973) 761-9768.

 

The Leitrim Ceili will be broadcast on Tuesday at 8 p.m., and repeats on Wednesday at 4PM on 90.3 FM, WHPC. The station of Nassau Community College. Details, (516) 572-7438.

 

WFUV 90.7 FM presents the following programs: Saturdays, 8-9 a.m. “Mile Failte,” 9 am to Noon “A Thousand Welcomes” Noon to 1 p.m., “Thistle and Shamrock” with Fiona Richie.

On Sundays, Ceol na Gael is broadcast from Noon to 4PM. Details, (718) 817-4550.

 

The “Irish Hour” airs over WKNY 1490 AM every Sunday from 8 to 9 a.m. Sponsored by AOH Div. 1, Ulster County. Listen live at www.wkny1490am.com  on Sundays.

 

Raidio Failte is now available worldwide on the internet. Detailswww.raidiofailte.com and press ‘Eist’ or ‘Listen’ to hear Belfast’s only Irish language radio station.  The first Irish language station in the North of Ireland includes music, Gaeilge, Scottish, folk, traditional and world music as well as news, chat, language lessons and craic.  Email oifig@raidiofailte.com  or Tel. 011-447726572357.

 

“A Drop of the Irish” airs on WTBQ 1110 AM in Orange County NY, every Sunday at Noon and repeats Saturdays at 6 p.m. Also online at www.wtbq.com  Host, Paul Byrne. Details, (845) 800-2124.

 

WRHU 88.7. The Long Ireland Show, hosted by Eileen Cronin airs on Saturdays 2-5 pm on WRHU 88.7 FM Radio Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY.  Featuring county interviews, trivia and Irish music.  From 5-7pm on Saturdays Kevin Westley hosts “That’s How I Spell Ireland.” Tune in for live webcast at www.wrhu.org

 

The “Voice of Erin” radio show is broadcast on Sundays at 4:30 pm, on New York’s WRTN 93.5 FM www.radioerin.com

 

Ireland Calls “Ireland Calls” a music and news summary from Ireland is co-hosted by Tommy Smyth and Treasa Goodwin and is broadcast on Saturdays at 6 pm over WVOX 1460 AM.  Now available on the internet, log onto www.wvox.com  and click on listen live.

 

“Ireland Then and Now” Kean University’s radio 90.3 WKNJ-FM hosted by Ed Callaghan and Fred Marder on Tuesdays from 4 to 6 pm. Details, (908) 737-3949 or www.kean.edu

 

“The Adrian Flannelly Show” every Saturday: New York Tri State regional radio broadcast area:  9AM-10AM WNYE 91.5FM – National Public Radio – HD1. 10AM – 12 Noon WVNJ 1160AM Details, (212) 935-0606 or email list@irishradio.com

 

Celtic Hour from Seton Hall The Celtic Heritage Hour with Joe Brennan Vogel features music, news, reports and interviews Sundays 8 to 10 am, at 89.5 WSOU Seton Hall Radio. Details, (973) 761-9768.

 

Brendan Daly hosts WVKR, 91.3 FM, live Irish radio on Tuesdays, 10 am – Noon and Saturdays, 3 – 4 pm, from Vassar College, Poughkeepsie with news, music, GAA results. Details, www.IrishRadioNY.com

 

The “Irish Road Show” music, songs and information on the island of Ireland is worldwide at your convenience. Go to www.irelandsownradio.com Host, Martin Costello (732) 615-9002.

 

Services

 

DV Lottery- The Emerald Isle Immigration Center will be hosting DV-2015 Lottery/Immigration Free Public Information Meetings in our Woodside Queens office on Monday Oct 7, in St. Patrick’s Church in Brooklyn on Wednesday, Oct. 9 and in our Woodlawn, Bronx office on Thursday, Oct. 10. All meetings are from 6-8pm. For additional details please call our Woodside office at 718-478-5502 or our Woodlawn office at 718-324-3039.

 

The Emerald Isle Immigration Center, Katonah Ave., Woodlawn, offers knitting classes on Tuesdays at 10am. Wool and needles are provided and finished products are donated to local charities and nursing homes. Details, (718) 324-3039 ext. 101.

 

The New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Ave., Long Island City, NY, offers free services and events also classes in Irish dancing, music and language.  For details, (718) 482-0909.

 

Emerald Isle Immigration Center For details of services offered at the Emerald Isle Immigration Center Woodside (59-26 Woodside Ave., Queens) and Woodlawn (4275 Katonah Ave., Bronx) call (718) 478-5502 for Woodside or http://www.eiic.org  and (718) 324-3039 for Woodlawn.

 

The Aisling Irish Community Center, McLean Ave., Yonkers, NY is now offering Education/Computer classes Monday thru Thursday, Irish music and dance classes also available.  Further details call, (914) 224-1274 or visit www.aislingcenter.org

 

Sports-related Events

 

Union County St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee Annual Golf Outing.

In partnership with Molly Maguire’s Irish Pub, Annual golf outing on Thursday, October 3 at the Galloping Hill Golf Course located at 3 Golf Drive, Kenilworth, NJ 07033. Starts 11am. Fee $175 per golfer. For info John McPartlan 908-377-5832 or Marylou Lenahan 908-377-2156 www.unioncountystpatricksdayparade.com

 

Empire City Casino, Yonkers Raceway. Win great prizes. For details visit www.facebook.com/empirecity or call (914) 968-4200.

 

Goal USA’s 2013 ING NYC Marathon Team – How to apply. Email: Tara Maguire: tmaguire@us.goal.ie with name, phone number, level of running experience (beginner, intermediate or advanced) and fundraising commitment. For more information, visit www.goalusa.org

 

GaelGolf 2013 is a charity golf event being held on October 7, 2013, at the Valley Brook Golf Course, in Westwood, Bergen County, New Jersey.  GG2013 is being jointly hosted by Bergen County’s AOH Division 32, and the Mary’s Gift Foundation. Mary’s Gift is a registered 501(c)(3)  charity which raises money to support Irish language immersion schools in the north of Ireland: www.marysgift.org Golfers at GG2013 will enjoy a round of golf, gift bag, beverage cart, BBQ lunch, cocktail hour, silent auction, buffet dinner, and a $25,000 hole in one contest.  Trad musicians from the Pearl River School of Irish Music and step-dancers from the Ridgewood School of Irish Dance will provide first-class entertainment. With over 100 Irish Americans in attendance, and robust support from our sponsors, GaelGolf 2013 promises to be a great day for golf, food, friends, and craic – all toward supporting a great Irish cause. To register go to www.gaelgolf2013.com

National Event Listings October 2-8, 2013

POSTED ON October 2nd  - POSTED IN National and Tri-State Event Listings, News, News & Views

Arizona

 

A Tribute to Seamus Heaney – The Irish Cultural Center will present a tribute to the late Nobel Laureate Seamus Heaney on Friday, Oct. 4, 6-9pm, at The McClelland Irish Library, 1106 North Central Ave., Phoenix. Free admission. Further information at (602) 864-2351.

 

The Irish American Gaelic Society of Tucson meets third Sunday of month at VFW Post 549, 1884 S. Caycroft, Phoenix. Details, (520) 586-4513.

 

The Irish Foundation of Arizona meets first Wednesday of month, 7 pm, at Irish Cultural Center, 1106 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Details, (602) 258-0109.

 

Boston

 

Echoes of Erin a Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann Concert of Irish traditional music, song, dance and humor will be held on Saturday, Oct. 12, 8pm at Waltham High School Waltham, MA. Details, (508) 947-8688.

 

Boston Book Festival – The fifth annual Boston Book Festival, presented in partnership with WBUR, will be held October 17-19, 2013 in various locations in Copley Square. For more information, visit www.bostonbookfest.org

 

WNTN-AM 1550 Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann promotes Irish traditional music and dance throughout the world. The weekly radio program is broadcast each Saturday from Noon to 1:30 pm on WNTN-AM 1550.

 

The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Located at Columbia Point, Boston. Details, www.jfklibrary.org  or (617) 514-1600.

 

Community Counseling Services (serving all nations) are offered at the Irish Immigration Center, 59 Temple Place, Boston. Details, (617) 542-7654.

 

For details of concerts and events in Massachusetts visit www.IrishMassachusetts.com

 

WGBH FM 89.7 broadcasts A Celtic Sojourn Radio Program, a selection of traditional and contemporary music from the Celtic countries on Saturday afternoons. Hosted by Brian O’Donovan. Details, (617) 300-5400 or www.celtic@wgbh.org

 

Boston Radio Station WERS 88.9 FM, presents “Celtic Traditions” every Sunday from 6 to 8 a.m. Details, (617) 578-8890.

 

The Sean Folan Show airs on Boston Cable Channel 23A Fridays at 9 pm and on Norwood and Westwood Cable on Tuesdays at 7:30 pm. Details, (617) 983-9094.

 

WROL 950 AM Feast of Irish Music show, features news, music, weather and sports live from Ireland on Sundays from 1 to 5 pm. Details, (617) 328-0880 ext. 501.

 

For details and events at The Irish Cultural Center, 200 New Boston Drive, Canton, call (781) 821-8291 or visit www.irishculture.org

 

Canada

 

For a full schedule of events at St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts and Humanities, home of the National Irish Canadian Culture Centre, 310 St. Patrick St., Ottawa, visit www.SAINTBRIGIDS.CA   or call (613) 244-7373.

 

Gaeltacht Gathering Tour 2013. Chance of a Lifetime – Visit Ireland’s Irish-speaking communities in the company of other Irish speakers and learners from North America. Further information, Aralt Mac Giolla Chainnigh, Kenny-h@rmc.ca or call (613) 541-6000 ext. 6042.

 

Chicago

 

For details of events and happenings at Gaelic Park, located at 6119 W. 147th St., Oak Forest, call (708) 598-6800 or www.chicagogaelicpark.org

 

The Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox Ave., Chicago, offers Irish cultural events and entertainment. For details, (773) 282-7035 or www.irishamhc.com  For information, call the center at (773) 282-7035.

 

On Sunday evenings from 7-9, WCEV 1450 AM in Chicago broadcasts news and sports direct from Ireland also latest events and happenings at Gaelic Park. The program can be heard live over the internet on Sunday evenings at www.wcev1450.com  Details, (708) 687-9330.

 

Colorado

 

The Denver AOH meets second Wednesday of month in Denver Press Club. Details, (303) 439-0924.

 

Florida

 

The Sons and Daughters of Erin hold monthly meetings the third Wednesday of month at 6:30 PM, at San Marco Parish Center. New members welcome. Details, (239) 394-0229.

 

The Friendly Sons and Daughters of Ireland meet at 7 pm on the third Tuesday of each month at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Ravenswood Lane, Port St. Lucie. Details, (772) 873-6615; email: portstlucieirish@aol.com

 

The Irish American Club of Central Florida meets second Sunday of month, 1:30 pm, at St. Mary Magdalene Church, Maitland. Details, (386) 668-0159.

 

Georgia

 

The Hibernian Benevolent Society of Atlanta meets second Thursday of month, 7 pm, at Harp Irish Pub, Roswell. Info. (770) 640-0287 or www.irishatlanta.com

 

Louisiana

 

The Acadian Division of the AOH meets last Thursday of month at 6:30 pm, in meeting room at Lafayette Motors, 1515 Jefferson St., Lafayette. Details, (337) 856-9001.

 

Maryland

 

Reflections of Ireland on WHFC 91.1 FM, with host Ed McBride, is broadcast Sundays and Mondays 4-6pm, and also on the web at www.whfc911.org  Details, (410) 256-1010. 

 

Michigan

 

The Crotty-Doran branch (Detroit-Windsor) of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann holds classes in language, music, and dance every Thursday night at the White Heather Club, 150 Vester, Ferndale. Details, www.irishmusic.nu  or (734) 420-0962.

 

Gaelic League. Irish entertainment, featuring dance, ceili and tin whistle every weekend in the Gaelic League, 2068 Michigan Ave., Detroit. Details, (313) 537-3489.

 

New England

 

The Harp and Bard Irish radio program airs Sundays, 5 to 7 pm, on WMPG 90.9 FM or www.wmpg.org  in Portland, Maine.

 

New York State

 

Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann will present Echoes of Erin, a concert of Irish traditional music, song, dance and humor on Sunday, Oct. 13, 6pm, at Rome Free Academy Auditorium, Rome, NY. Details, (315) 827-4291. See www.uticairish.org

 

The Echoes of Erin radio program featuring Irish music and song, airs Saturdays, 4 to 5pm on WJJI 1440 AM in the Niagara Falls region. ”Echoes of Ireland” Radio show hosted by Sean Hennessey every Sunday, Noon to 1 pm on 1240 WATN, Watertown, NY.

 

Ohio

 

The Cleveland Ceili Club holds set dance classes on Tuesdays 7:30PM at St. Clarence Church Hall, Lorain Rd., North Olmsted. Info, (440) 356-2999.

 

Pennsylvania

 

Echoes of Erin is broadcast on Sundays from 12:30pm – 2 pm over WEDO 810 AM and later in the day at www.wedo810.com. Hosted by Diane V. Byrnes. Details, (412) 781-6368.

 

Michael Tubridy and James Keane in concert – On Saturday, October 12 at 8pm, the Philadelphia Ceili Group will host Chieftains founding member Michael Tubridy and All Ireland button accordionist James Keane in concert at the Irish Center, Carpenter Lane and Emlen St., Phila. For further information see www.philadelphiaceiligroup.org

 

The Carolinas

 

The Irish Society of Charlotte, founded in 1986. For information please call Margaret Shannon, (704) 541-6665.

 

Texas

 

For details of all Irish events in the Texas area; visit the Harp and Shamrock Society of Texas website, at www.harpandshamrock.org  or email: Irishinsatx@aol.com  editor’s email: shamrockeditor@gmail.com

 

Washington DC

 

The Irish Radio Show hosted by Pat Troy and Jim Courtney features Irish music, news and sports every Sunday from 11am to Noon. Listen live or to an archived show anytime at www.wust1120.com

Echo Editorial

POSTED ON September 30th  - POSTED IN News, News & Views

Senate on the brink

A few days from now, voters in Ireland, though not Irish voters outside the Republic, will be asked to cast votes on whether or not the Irish Senate, Seanad Éireann will continue to exist.

This is no small question in a democracy where, it is to be assumed, parliamentary chambers are established at the outset with serious purpose in mind.

As it turned out, and though it bore a name that would bring to mind the United States Senate in Washington, D.C., the 60-seat Irish Senate, has not exactly blazed a trail across the political heavens since it came into being, initially as a legislative body of the Irish Free State in 1922, and later as one for the Irish Republic based on a revised model written into the 1937 Constitution.

Unlike Dáil Éireann, the Senate is not directly elected, but rather consists of members sitting in various panels who are chosen by various methods. Its powers are much weaker than those of the Dáil, and it can only delay laws with which it disagrees, rather than block them by means of veto.

There have been calls for reform, and efforts to actually reform the Senate for virtually as long as it has existed.

The current government, in its 2011 general election manifesto, promised a referendum in which the government would advocate abolition of the Senate.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has been to the fore in advocating the required majority “yes” vote that would result in the Senate passing into history.

Labour, led by Eamon Gilmore, has been more muted in its advocacy.

Sinn Féin, somewhat late in the day, decided to back abolition while Fianna Fáil, much diminished since the general election, stands alone as the primary force advocating a “no vote” with retention and reform.

If the vote goes in proportion to the position of the main political parties then, the Seanad will ride off into the sunset.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin has attempted to formally debate the issue with Mr. Kenny, but, as this went to press, the Taoiseach had thus far demurred.

There is little doubt that there is a lot of scope for reform.

Martin has argued for a revamped Senate directly elected by voters and one in which there would be minority representation for various groups, including emigrants.

As a plum for voters, meanwhile, the Fine Gael/Labour government has outlined a series of Dáil reforms that would come into being after the Seanad is abolished.

It’s difficult not to argue that the Dáil has been in need of reform anyway, regardless of whether or not it has to sit in a bicameral legislature alongside an “upper house.”

Fine Gael has additionally placed a strong emphasis on the economics surrounding the Senate’s abolition or survival.

An end to the Senate would mean, for one thing, fewer paid politicians and all told, so the government argument goes, the Irish taxpayer would save €20 million annually if the Oireachtas became unicameral.

In a hard economic time, this is no small bore argument.

Still, the right kind of reform could include cost cutting. And it’s this idea, “the right kind of reform,” that makes us hesitate as opposed to simply rowing in behind the Irish government on this one.

The fact that Irish citizens overseas still have no voting rights in referenda dealing with the very political essence of the Republic they were born into, such as this referendum, is another cause for hesitation.

Seanad Éireann as it was, and as it is, might be an imperfect institution in need of a radical makeover, but it’s puzzling as to why government leaders haven’t spent a little more time crafting a vision for such a makeover.

Voters are being asked a simple question in the referendum with a yes or no answer. If the Senate survives it is difficult not to imagine that it will be overhauled. But if it doesn’t we will never know what form any change would have taken.

As it now stands, the Senate could be scrapped on October 4 without the Irish people ever experiencing a reformed model that could potentially bring benefit to the political life of the Irish in Ireland, and indeed the much vaunted diaspora.

So the choice on referendum day is indeed a simple one. But is it overly simplistic?

A Boston Irish Donnybrook

POSTED ON September 25th  - POSTED IN News, News & Views

By Irish Echo Staff

letters@irishecho.com

 

     Boston’s next mayor will be Irish American, that much is certain

     But whether it’s State Representative Marty Walsh or City Councilor John Connolly will be up to voters who will go to the polls in the mayoral general election on November 5.

     Walsh and Connolly came tops of a record-sized field of candidates in Tuesday’s primary vote.

     Walsh edged Connolly by 1,400 votes so the final sprint for City Hall looks like being a very close one.

     The winner will succeed outgoing mayor of twenty years, Thomas Menino.

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