Glucksman Ireland House at New York University, located at One Washington Mews (at Fifth Avenue), will host several special events in April, including a lecture by Marquette University professor Michael Patrick Gillespie on “The Myth of an Irish Cinema” on April 8. Events take place at Ireland House, unless otherwise noted. 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., Apr. 2, 7 p.m. Reading: Brian Lynch reads from The Winner of Sorrow, a fictional imaging of the life of the gentle and troubled 18th-century poet William Cowper.
- Fri., Apr. 3, 9 p.m. Blarney Star Concert Series: Father Charlie & Jimmy Coen. Monsignor Charles Coen (“Father Charlie” to his musical friends), originally from County Galway, is one of the finest Irish concertina players in America and also a superb flute and whistle player and a traditional singer. In the 1970s and early ’80s, when he was based in a Staten Island parish, he toured with Mick Moloney’s “Green Fields of America” ensemble. Msgr. Coen will be joined by his nephew, guitarist Jimmy Coen.
- Wed., Apr. 8, 7 p.m. Lecture: “The Myth of an Irish Cinema” by Michael Patrick Gillespie, Marquette University. He presents a groundbreaking challenge to the traditional view of filmmaking, contesting the existence of an Irish national cinema, and claiming that, given the complexity of contemporary Irish identity, filmmakers can no longer present Irishness as a monolithic entity.
- Thurs., Apr. 16, 7 p.m. Barra Ó Donnabháin Memorial Lecture: Native speaker Pádhraic Ó Ciardha from Galway Gaeltacht speaks on the Irish language and broadcasting. This annual lecture commemorates a beloved and influential teacher and advocate of the Irish language in the U.S.
- Fri., Apr. 17, 7 p.m. Film screenings: Oscailt, an evening of short Irish language films, is presented by Reel Ireland, the Irish Film Institute, the Irish Film Board, and Culture Ireland. Visit www.irelandhouse.fas.nyu.edu for a detailed program. Note venue: NYU Cantor Film Center, 36 E. 8th Street.
- Thurs., Apr. 23, 7 p.m. Discussion: Distinguished Yeats scholars, John Kelly of St. John’s College, Oxford, and Ronald Schuchard of Emory University, discuss their collaboration on the most recent volume of The Collected Letters of W.B. Yeats: Volume IV, which covers the crucial years, 1905-1907. It is fourth of a projected 15 volumes. Co-sponsored by the W.B. Yeats Society of New York.
- Thurs., Apr. 30, 7 p.m. Lecture: Fulbright Scholar at the Newberry Library, Gillian O’Brien explores a world, from post-Famine Ireland to “Gilded Age” America, in which secret assassination societies thrived and police forces in America and Britain struggled to contain the increasingly violent Irish Republican movement.