March is Irish American Heritage Month and we invite you to celebrate it with us! Enjoy traditional Irish music at the First Thursday Session, and at online concerts with Rory Makem and the Blarney Rebel Band. Learn about Irish history at our two Zoom discussions relating to the Troubles. And straighten out some misconceptions you may have at our online talk: Debunking Irish Myths. Also, check out Sean Murphy’s history classes this month.
Craobh Dugan-O’Looney returns in-person to kick off Irish American Heritage Month at Five Points Public House. Enjoy traditional tunes and songs from Utica’s own session band. Admission is free. COVID restrictions for restaurants still apply. Join us at 623 Columbia Street, Utica, NY.
Project Children, a nonprofit founded by Denis Mulcahy in 1975, brought more than 23,000 Catholic and Protestant children to the United States for summer visits. Most stayed with families in Upstate New York. Far from strife at home in Northern Ireland, these kids were able to forge unexpected friendships. They found they had more in common with the “enemy” than they thought.
In this panel discussion, you’ll get to meet Denis and hear his insights on this program credited with playing a major role in bringing peace to Northern Ireland. Click the image above to go to Eventbrite where you can read all the details and get your ticket.
Most Irish-Americans know a lot about Irish culture, Irish music, Irish cuisine. But what if almost everything you know is wrong? Almost everything. Your favorite Irish songs. Your favorite Irish food. Even your favorite Irish saint – none of them are Irish. Find out what’s truly Irish – and what isn’t – when one of our most popular speakers, Mark Sisti, presents a lively discussion debunking Irish myths we always thought were facts. Admission is free. Click the image above to register on Eventbrite and get your Zoom link.
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in true Irish style at the Irish Cultural Center. After feasting on authentic pub fare at Five Points Public House, you can enjoy music by famed Irish singer and guitarist Rory Makem.
The pub will be open from 4-10pm with the dinner menu available from 4-9pm. Please make reservations by calling (315) 733-4228.
Rory Makem will perform via Facebook Live and we’ll project the concert on the big screen in the event center. Due to COVID restrictions, seats in the event center are limited to 50. If you’d like to attend in person, make your reservation for the concert by sending an email to Al Sisti at email@example.com and pay $5 at the door to help cover the pub’s expenses.
You can also enjoy the concert at home on the ICC Facebook Page. Please consider making a donation to Rory through his tip jar link during the concert.
The Blarney Rebel Band, Central New York’s premier Irish band, is guaranteed to get the audience dancing, clapping, singing and laughing (and maybe raising the occasional pint!) with rousing renditions of traditional Irish music, rollicking pub tunes, lively sea songs, moving ballads, stirring rebel songs, and their award-winning original compositions. Their CDs have sold all over the world, and their most recent CD – “Ever Onward” – is their most ambitious effort yet, with one track, “Devil’s Ditch” garnering semifinal honors in the “Song of the Year” song and lyric writing competition.
They’ll be performing this benefit concert on the ICC’s Facebook Page as part of the Irish Cultural Center’s Irish American Heritage Month celebrations to raise funds for the ICC’s new museum. A donation link will be available during the show.
Learn about the three decades of violent struggle in Northern Ireland known as the Troubles from someone who lived it. Geordy Austin will speak about the violent clashes between Nationalists and Unionists that took place between 1969 and 1998. He’ll also cover how civil rights are faring in Northern Ireland today. Click the image above to get all the details and your Zoom link on Eventbrite.
The ICC of the Mohawk Valley has teamed up with Sean Murphy, originally from Dublin, Ireland, now residing on Cape Cod. He’s offering Irish History Courses online via Zoom. Sean has been teaching these for several years at the Irish Cultural Center of New England. His current offerings are below. Contact Sean at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to sign up.
The Cooper’s Trade – Master cooper Bob Allers spoke at the Irish Cultural Center’s museum about the art and craft of making casks from wood, sharing many fascinating facts from bygone days. See the video replay on Facebook.
How to Write Your Own Family’s Saga – An online Zoom workshop presented by Temple University professor Kate Nelson on how to write and print a book about your family stories. See the video replay on Facebook.
The Songs of Irish History – A musical trip through Irish history through songs, spoken and sung by Mark Sisti. See the video replay on Facebook.
Become a Museum Volunteer – A presentation by Tom Kernan, a 30-year veteran in museum administration, on how to properly catalog and care for historic items donated to the museum. See the video replay on Facebook.
Glimpse into the Past – An online screening of the documentary film, The Village, which portrayed life in a tiny village in Co. Kerry in 1967.
African Irish Drum Circle – Common Unity founder Alex Kofi Dankwa led a drum circle bringing djembes and other African and South American drums together with Irish bodhráns. This program is available to replay on Facebook.
The Flip Side of Genealogy – Professor David Kendall spoke via Zoom about his book, When Descendants Become Ancestors: The Flip Side of Genealogy.
Trace Your Family Back to the Emerald Isle – Professional genealogist Lisa Dougherty visited us from The Irish American Heritage Museum in Albany to offer tips and advice on searching for information about your Irish ancestors. This program is available to replay on Facebook.
The Banjo’s Journey into Irish Music – Bill Fahy and Skip Mansur told stories about the history of the banjo in Irish music interspersed with tunes and songs. It’s available to replay on Facebook.
Irish Songs and Stories for Kids – Deirdre McCarthy told playful stories and sang lilting songs with her harp. It’s available to replay on Facebook.
Early Irish Pioneers of the Mohawk Valley – Tom Kernan spoke on the history of prominent Irishmen who played a large part in the development of our area in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. It’s available to replay on Facebook.
The 1916 Easter Rising – Mark Sisti gave a talk on the history of this pivotal event that eventually led to Ireland’s liberation from England. It’s available to replay on Facebook.
Irish Storyteller Helena Byrne – Helena delivered two online Zoom performances of traditional stories about faeries and ghosts along with songs.
The Irish and the Erie – Craobh Dugan’s musical tribute to the hardworking Irish immigrants who helped build the Erie Canal.
Bloomsday Pub Crawl – An annual event in the Varick Street area that takes place on the closest Saturday to June 16th. In James Joyce’s Ulysses, this is the date that Leopold Bloom made his famous one-day sojourn through Dublin.
Pop-Up Gaeltacht – These events started a couple of years ago in Ireland and around the world. Irish language speakers circulate in the pub and share a few words (cúpla focal) of Gaeilge.
English Words & Phrases from the Irish Language – Irish speaker Tom Malley presented some commonly used English words and phrases with origins in the Irish language.
Irish Myths and Legends – In no culture is the line between history and mythology as blurred as in the culture of the Celtic nations. This presentation by Mark Sisti covered the creation of the myths, the Gods and Goddesses, the oral storytelling traditions, tales of mystical beings such as the leprechaun, and the banshee.
The Great Hunger, “An Gorta Mor” –AJ Pedone presented on perhaps the most decisive event in the history of Ireland and an event that changed the world.
Traditional Irish Music Session – musicians who play instruments commonly associated with traditional Irish music gathered to play tunes in the pub.
Ceili Dance Classes – Whether it’s a Three-Hand Reel, the Haymaker’s Jig, the Sweets of May, or the Walls of Ennis, our dance teachers know the steps.