Glucksman Ireland House at New York University, located at One Washington Mews (at Fifth Avenue), will host several special events in November. Admission is free to members of Ireland House and those with an NYU ID; for all others, $10 admission to regular events and $15 for Blarney Star Concert Series events. To reserve a seat, call 212.998.3950 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. All events take place at Ireland House, unless otherwise noted.
A schedule of events follows:
- Thurs., Nov. 6, 7 p.m. The Ernie O’Malley Lecture Series: “Michael Davitt (1846-1906): Cosmopolitan Irish Nationalist?” by Joe Lee, Glucksman Chair of Irish Studies at NYU. Davitt spent almost eight years in prison in England for Fenian activities and was called “The Father of the Land League,” becoming internationally known through his travels and writing, achieving iconic status in Irish America. Lee explores the impact of travel on Davitt’s concept of Irish nationalism. Note venue: NYU Kimmel Center, room 914, 60 Washington Square South.
- Thurs., Nov. 13, 7 p.m. Lecture: “The Poetry of James Clarence Mangan (1803-1849)” by Matthew Campbell, University of Sheffield. Campbell edited the Cambridge Companion to Contemporary Irish Poetry.
- Fri., Nov. 14, 9 p.m. Blarney Star Concert Series: Sean Quinn and Gabe Donohue. Fiddler Quinn grew up in one of Irish America’s most musical households. His father Louis was a leading Irish fiddler and bandleader in New York. Quinn was a precocious young fiddler who got to listen to and play with many of his father associate musicians. The first American-born musician to win an All-Ireland fiddle championship, he is a prolific composer of new tunes in the traditional style, many of which are included on a new CD recorded with Donohue, guitarist and keyboard player.
- Thurs., Nov. 20, 7 p.m. Film screening: Kings (2007, 89 mins, Irish and English, with English subtitles). Introduction and post-screening commentary by Ireland House faculty members, Pádraig Ó Cearúill, senior Irish language lecturer, and Miriam Nyhan, research scholar. The film tells the story of six friends who emigrated from the Connemara Gaeltacht to London in the late 1970s. Now 30 years later, only one is going home, and his friends reunite for his wake. The film is adapted from Jimmy Murphy’s acclaimed play, The Kings of Kilburn High Road, and was Ireland’s official entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2008. Note venue: NYU’s Cantor Film Center, 36 E. 8th St.