Spring 2019 Events


“Reed, String and Skin: Irish Traditional Music”

Monday, 25 February 2019 – 5:00PM

Lehman College—Recital Hall (3rd Floor, Music Building)

Admission free. Donations Welcome.

Lively Irish traditional tunes performed by internationally renowned uilleann piper, Jerry O’Sullivan, acclaimed fiddler Bernadette Fee, celebrated button accordionist, Seagda Coyle, and Lehman College Irish music course instructor Colin Harte on bodhrán.

“Murphy’s Celtic Legacy”

Sunday, 24 March 2019 – 4:00PM

Lehman College—Lehman Center for the Performing Arts

Ticket Prices: $45, $40, $25 | Children 12 & under $10 any seat

Created by Chris Hannon, former principal dancer for Lord of the Dance, Murphy’s Celtic Legacy features original choreography combining traditional Irish and modern dance techniques presented with multimedia elements, song and live music. The cast of Murphy’s Celtic Legacy gives an invigorating performance of traditional Irish Dance.

The performance centers on an original tale developed by Hannon drawn from Irish folklore—a tale of Kings and Queens, rebels and magic; epic battles between good and evil. It tells the story of the Murphy clan, who flee the corrupt tyrants of their native Eire in search of a better future.

“21st Annual Day of Percussion” with the Royal Irish Academy of Irish Music

Thursday, 28 March 2019 – 2:00PM

Lehman College—Hearth Room (3rd floor, Music Building)

The Percussion Ensembles from Lehman College and the Royal Irish Academy of Music join forces to present works for percussion. This year marks the 21st annual collaboration between CUNY and RIAM.

The performance will be followed by 2 open masterclasses in various aspects of percussion technique.

“Focal ar fhocal: Tráchtann an t-úrscéalaí Anna Heussaff ar a saol scríbhneoireachta” (Talk will be given in the Irish language; no translation services will be available.)

Monday, 1 April 2019 – 7:30pm (Doors open at 7:15pm)

CUNY Graduate Center – Room 4419

(Photo ID required for entrance into the Graduate Center at 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016.)

Caint bhríomhar ó údar a bhfuil cáil ar a saothar i measc léitheoirí na Gaeilge inniu: daoine fásta a dtaitníonn úrscéalta bleachtaireachta leo; déagóirí óga a léann úrscéalta mistéire a bhfuil téamaí timpeallachta iontu; agus foghlaimeoirí fásta ar spéis leo an grá comhaimseartha. Cad a spreagann í, conas a thugann sí faoin scríobh agus cad iad na dúshláin is mó a bhíonn le sárú aici?

Chaith Anna Heussaff blianta measartha ag obair sa raidió agus sa teilifís in Éirinn sular thosaigh sí ag scríobh úrscéalta. Ina measc tá na húrscéalta bleachtaireachta Buille Marfach agus Scáil an Phríosúin, agus na húrscéalta mistéire Hóng agus Sárú. Tá cónaí uirthi i mBaile Átha Cliath, áit ar tógadh le Gaeilge í.

“Writing and thriving in Irish: novelist Anna Heussaff’s guide to contemporary Irish language writing”

(Talk will be given in the English language.)

Tuesday, 2 April 2019 – 2:00pm (Doors open at 1:30pm)

Lehman College, CUNY – Music Building, Room 313

Irish as a spoken language has long been in a precarious position – and yet in recent decades over 500 living writers have published novels, plays, poetry collections, children’s books, travel writing and much else. This lecture is an illustrated introduction to some of the best of them and how they take on the challenges of writing for a minority language readership.

Anna Heussaff spent many years working in radio and television in Ireland before she took to creative writing. Her books include crime novels for fluent adult readers of Irish and mystery novels for young teens attuned to both screen games and environmental threats. She lives in Dublin, where she grew up as an Irish speaker.

“Corpas Litríochta na Gaeilge sa Naoú hAois Déag: Amharc Domhanda”

Lecture by Dr. Nicholas Wolf, New York University (Talk will be given in the Irish language; no translation services will be available.)

Friday, 12 April 2019 – 7:30pm (Doors open at 7:15pm)

CUNY Graduate Center – Room 3212

(Photo ID required for entrance into the Graduate Center at 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10016.)

The arrival of many new resources related to the historic corpus of Irish, and especially the Irish literary corpus, gives us a chance to establish a new understanding of the history of the language. The launch of the Historical Irish Corpus in an online version by the Royal Irish Academy, the work done by the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies, and the arrival of digital technologies allows us to obtain new answers about key writings among the Irish-language community and the forms of the language in the past. The focus of this lecture will be on the literary Irish of the nineteenth century.

Nicholas Wolf is a historian and data management librarian at New York University, where he is a member of Bobst Library’s Data Services department and an affiliated faculty of Glucksman Ireland House. He is the author of An Irish-Speaking Island (2014), a social and cultural history of Ireland’s Irish-language community in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

The Institute’s Book Club

Friday, 3 May 2019 – 7:30PM (Doors open at 7:15PM)

CUNY Graduate Center – Room 6494

Professor Janet Butler Munch leads us in a discussion of the following book: The Writing Irish of New York


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