Irish American Civil War Songs with Catherine V. Bateson, PhD

Irish American Heritage Museum 21 Quackenbush Square, Albany, NY

Irish-born and Irish-descended soldiers and sailors were involved in every major engagement of the American Civil War. Throughout the conflict, they shared their wartime experiences through songs and song lyrics, leaving behind a vast trove of ballads in songbooks, letters, newspaper publications, wartime diaries, and other accounts. Taken together, these songs and lyrics offer an […]

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Special Hallowe’en Film Club: The Butcher Boy

Irish American Heritage Museum 21 Quackenbush Square, Albany, NY

The Butcher Boy is a 1997 Irish black comedy film directed by Neil Jordan. The film was based on Patrick McCabe’s 1992 novel of the same name, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Jordan. Set in the early 1960s, The Butcher Boy is about Francie Brady (Eamonn Owens), a 12-year-old boy who retreats into a […]

$5

An Evening with Irish Poet Gabriel Fitzmaurice

Irish American Heritage Museum 21 Quackenbush Square, Albany, NY

Deeply rooted in the literary tradition of North Kerry, Gabriel Fitzmaurice is a poet, broadcaster, writer, translator, singer and raconteur. For more than three decades, he taught and later served as principal at his local national school but is now happily retired. He has been called “poetry’s answer to John B Keane” (Books Ireland) and […]

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Irish Cooking Series with Chef Michael Kiernan

Irish American Heritage Museum 21 Quackenbush Square, Albany, NY

Join chef Michael Kiernan as he makes some of Ireland's popular and traditional Hallowe'en food. Samhain, the ancient Celtic feast which inspired Hallowe'en, occurs at the end of the harvest, as people prepare for the long winter ahead. Winter was approaching, crops were dying, days were growing shorter, and cattle were slaughtered and salted to […]

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Networks and Opportunities: Ireland’s Great Famine Refugees in New York

Irish American Heritage Museum 21 Quackenbush Square, Albany, NY

When the Irish were fleeing famine and suffering in Ireland for the United States, The Sun called them “the most miserable looking creatures that we have ever seen landed upon our shores.” Tyler Anbinder, PhD. dispels the myth of their poverty and shows that Irish immigrants utilized networks to help them survive and ultimately thrive […]

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John McCormack: The Voice That Calls Across the Years

Irish American Heritage Museum 21 Quackenbush Square, Albany, NY

The great Irish tenor, John McCormack, had a celebrated career that spanned the first four decades of the 20th century. This time period coincided with the Golden Age of opera and concert recitals along with the advent of the recording industry and the growing population of Irish Americans in the United States. Join us, with […]

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The Witches of Islandmagee with Andrew Sneddon, PhD

Irish American Heritage Museum 21 Quackenbush Square, Albany, NY

In 1711, in County Antrim, eight women were put on trial accused of orchestrating the demonic possession of young Mary Dunbar, and the haunting and supernatural murder of a local clergyman’s wife. Mary Dunbar was the star witness in this trial, and the women were, by the standards of the time, believable witches – they […]

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Film Club: Hunger

Irish American Heritage Museum 21 Quackenbush Square, Albany, NY

With Hunger, British filmmaker and artist Steve McQueen has turned one of history’s most controversial acts of political defiance into a jarring, unforgettable cinematic experience. In Northern Ireland’s Maze prison in 1981, twenty-seven-year-old Irish Republican Army member Bobby Sands went on a hunger strike to protest the British government’s refusal to recognize him and his […]

$5

Briege Murphy Live in Concert

Irish American Heritage Museum 21 Quackenbush Square, Albany, NY

We are absolutely delighted to welcome Briege Murphy back to Albany from Armagh after her fantastic visit in 2018. Steeped in Irish musical traditions since she was a girl, she joined Comhaltas when she was a teenager. Her albums combine her love of Irish traditional and American folk songs, and she is a gifted entertainer. […]

$15 – $20

Stage Reading of James Connolly: The Musical

Irish American Heritage Museum 21 Quackenbush Square, Albany, NY

Inspired by Hamilton, the American Labor Studies Center and Irish American Heritage Museum present a reading and songs of an original musical by Denis Foley and A. Cara sung by John Rodier. Scores by Sean Obach and Will Welling and a tune by Connolly himself. Laugh, cry, but hold on to your seat too for […]

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