Glucksman Ireland House at New York University, located at One Washington Mews (at Fifth Avenue), will host several special events in February, including a discussion of Irish historical fiction on February 19 with Frank Delaney, best-selling author of Ireland, and award-winning filmmaker Mary Pat Kelly. Admission is free to Ireland House members 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.
A schedule of events follows:
- Thurs., Feb. 5, 7 p.m. Discussion: Why has Ireland produced so many great runners? World champion middle-distance runner, four-time Olympian, and head coach of Villanova’s cross-country and track and field teams Marcus O’Sullivan discusses Irish running and the trans-Atlantic relationship with NYU professor John Waters and other guests.
- Fri., Feb. 6, 9 p.m. Blarney Star Concert Series: Dan Milner & Friends. Milner has for many years been one of North America’s leading performers of Irish traditional song. He was a founding member of The New York Packet, the official singing group of the South Street Seaport Museum and is the co-author of the influential song collection, “The Bonnie Bunch of Roses.” His discography includes a 1970s LP with the Flying Cloud, and the Folk Legacy CDs “Irish Ballads and Songs of the Sea” and “Irish in America.” His latest production is “Irish Pirate Ballads.”
- Wed., Feb. 11, 7 p.m. Lecture: “Ireland, Slavery and Anti-Slavery 1612-1865” with Nini Rodgers, lecturer in modern history at Queen’s University Belfast and author of the book by the same name. She compares slavery in Africa with slavery in early Ireland, discussing the Irish connections of famous ex-slaves Olaudah Equiano and Frederick Douglass.
- Thurs., Feb. 19, 7 p.m. Discussion: Best-selling author Frank Delaney and award-winning filmmaker Mary Pat Kelly explore the genre, the challenges, and the appeal of Irish historical fiction. Delaney is the author of Ireland, Tipperary, and Shannon. Kelly is the author of Galway Bay.
- Thurs., Feb. 26, 7 p.m. Book discussion: Poet and essayist Richard Tillinghast discusses Finding Ireland: A Poet’s Explorations of Irish Literature and Culture. A Tennessee native who has settled in Tipperary, Tillinghast writes for The Irish Times on literature and the changes in Irish culture as seen from the standpoint of a foreign resident.