Glucksman Ireland House at New York University, located at One Washington Mews (at Fifth Avenue), will host several three special events in May. Admission is free to members of Ireland House and those with an NYU I.D.; for all others, $10 admission charge for regular events and $15 for the Blarney Star Concert Series. To reserve a seat call 212.998.3950 or email:

On Thursday, May 4, at 7 p.m., NYU Press and Glucksman Ireland House launch the book John Devoy’s Catalpa Expedition, an account of one of the most fantastic and true Irish-American adventures. With an introduction by Terry Golway, editors Philip Fennell and Marie King tell the story of the voyage of The Catalpa on a mission to free Irish rebels from a British prison in Western Australia. The story is told through Fenian leader John Devoy’s own words.

On Friday, May 5, at 7 p.m., City Lore hosts a reception for its 2006 People’s Poetry Gathering. This year’s “Endangered Language Initiative” features the Celtic languages of Breton, Irish, Scots Gaelic, and Welsh through contemporary literary and performance poets as well as musicians working in these languages. For more information visit

On Friday, May 12, at 9 p.m., the Blarney Star Concert Series presents wooden flute player Emer Mayock accompanied by guitarist and bouzouki player Dónal Siggins. Mayock is an All-Ireland champion who released her debut recording “Merry Bits of Timber” in 1996. She currently tours and records with the innovative Afro Celt Sound System.

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