Glucksman Ireland House at New York University, located at One Washington Mews (at Fifth Avenue), will host several special events in March, including a panel led by Pete Hamill celebrating the life and work of writer John O’Hara on March 31. The panel will include novelist Thomas Kelly, O’Hara’s biographer Geoffrey Wolff, and New Yorker fiction editor Roger Angell.
Admission to events is free for members and those with an NYU I.D. card; for all others, $10, unless otherwise noted. To ensure a seat or for information, call 212.998.3950.
A schedule of events follows:
Thurs., Mar. 3, 7 p.m. Exhibition opening: “Artists of Tory Island.” This tiny island off the coast of Donegal is home to Ireland’s most evocative school of primitive painting. Artists featured include: Anton Meenan, Michael Finbarr Rodger, Ruari Rodgers, and Patsy Dan Rodgers. Patsy Dan is Ri an Oileáin, which translates from the Irish as King of Tory, an elective office of leader of the island community and its ambassador.
Fri., Mar., 4, 7 p.m. Lecture: Dr. Jim Hunter, University of Ulster, gives an illustrated lecture on “Ireland and Its Islands,” considering the island life of Tory in detail. This talk launches the 7th annual GRIAN conference.
Sat./Sun. Mar. 5-6 GRIAN Conference: “Ireland and Race”. Recent events in Ireland have highlighted the changing social demographics of Ireland. After centuries of sustained Irish emigration, Ireland finds itself in the position of receiving immigrants, and their reception has not always been welcoming. Visit www.nyu.edu/pages/irelandhouse for the full conference schedule on this important issue.
Sat., Mar. 5, 8 p.m. Mick Moloney’s Irish American Music & Dance Festival: with Tommy Sands, Michelle Mulcahy, Bruce Molsky, Jerry O’Sullivan, Niall O’Leary, Darrah Carr, and Golden School of Dance. Tickets: $25-$40; call 212.992.8484. At NYU’s Skirball Center for Performing Arts, 566 LaGuardia Place.
Thurs., Mar. 10, 7 p.m. Reading: Paul Murray reads from his novel, An Evening of Long Goodbyes, which was a finalist for the Whitbread Prize and nominated for the Kerry Irish Fiction Award. The novel is a deft and erudite comedy taking readers on a whirlwind tour of Ireland’s new economy and changing population.
Thurs., Mar. 24, 7 p.m. Lecture: “Will We Wither,” a consideration of the impact upon research into the Irish Diaspora, and relationships with other areas of diaspora and immigration study, by Patrick O’Sullivan, head of the Irish Diaspora Research Unit at the University of Bradford, Yorkshire, England, and editor of The Irish Worldwide.
Thurs., Mar. 31, 7 p.m. Panel discussion with novelist Thomas Kelly, O’Hara’s biographer Geoffrey Wolfe and New Yorker fiction editor Roger Angell, on the life and work of writer John O’Hara, led by Pete Hamill, on the occasion of the centenary of O’Hara’s birth. A gifted and controversial writer of short stories and novels, O’Hara published his first novel Appointment in Samara in 1928. He also wrote Butterfield 8 (Elizabeth Taylor won on Oscar for the film version), and his novel Pal Joey was turned into a successful Broadway musical.