Glucksman Ireland House at New York University, located at One Washington Mews (at Fifth Avenue), will host several special events in September. Admission is free to members of Ireland House and to those with an NYU ID; for all others, $10 admission charge to regular events and $15 for Blarney Star Concert Series. To reserve a seat call 212.998.3950.
A schedule of events follows:
- Thurs., Sept. 14, 7 p.m. Reading: Author Barry McCrea reads from The First Verse, a novel set in Trinity College, Dublin, featuring a character obsessed with ciphers and secrets derived from randomly chosen texts. Selected for the Barnes & Noble “Discover Great New Writers Program,” McCrea offers the story of a gay protagonist coming of age in Celtic Tiger Ireland.
- Thurs., Sept. 21, 7 p.m. Screening/discussion: Jakers! The Adventures of Piggley Winks, an animated children series and winner of two Daytime Emmy Awards, offers life lessons, entertainment, and captivating representations of Irish and Irish American identity in the context of its 1950s Ireland setting framed by contemporary America. After screening an episode, creator Mike Young joins NYU Professor Marion Casey for a discussion of the issues raised by the episode including new emigration into Ireland and the relationship between Irish immigrants to America and their homeland.
- Fri., Sept. 22, 9 p.m. Blarney Star Concert Series: Father Charlie Coen, a multi-talented priest from County Galway, is known as a concertina player and traditional singer, and is also renowned for his abilities on the flute and tin whistle. His appearances in New York are rare.
- Thurs., Sept. 28, 7 p.m. Lecture: Irene Whalen, director of Irish Studies at Manhattanville College, speaks on the early missionary movement in Ireland and the origins of the “new” imperialism of the Victorian period, based on her book The Bible War in Ireland: The “Second Reformation” and the Polarization of Protestant Catholic Relations 1800-1840.