In April 2016, the Irish Fair of Minnesota created a Saint Paul Irish Arts week to commemorate the 1916 Easter Rising and celebrate the vibrant Irish Arts community in Minnesota. In collaboration with the Celtic Junction Arts Center, MN-Irish Network, The Dubliner Pub and Cafe, St. Thomas University, the Saint Paul Art Crawl and several other groups, Irish Fair sponsored an Irish Arts Week, including music and dance, photography, theater, poetry, film, panels and seminars at a variety of Saint Paul locations.
The ten days of activities was a great way to experience the rich community of Irish art and artists in our community, and we'd like to continue to celebrate their work again this year! Join us April 21-29, 2017 at the Celtic Junction Arts Center and other locations TBD for the second year of Saint Paul Irish Arts Week. In 2017, we will dig further into the deep Irish roots in Saint Paul's history with presentations by the musician and author, Tom Dahill, tours of the new Eoin McKiernan Memorial Library at the Celtic Junction Arts Center, and seminars on famous Irish visitors to Minnesota including Oscar Wilde, W.B. Yeats, Eamon de Valera and Brian Friel. We also plan on repeating our popular Irish History Bus Tour of Saint Paul!
2016 Programming included workshops and educational events, films, and music. Many of the events were free of charge.
Some highlights from are 2016 Saint Paul Irish Arts week were:
Night of Rememberence of 1916: Twin Cities Robert Emmetts Hurling Club and Irish Fair of Minnesota host The Tim Malloys for an evening commemorating 1916.
Gaelic Games Day - The Twin Cities Robert Emmets Hurling Club invited the public to an exhibition hurling match between the earliest members of the hurling club (a euphemism for its eldest athletes) versus the new guard carrying the club forward on supple young shoulders, on Saturday, April 23rd from 1:00pm-5:00pm at McMurray Field in St. Paul, where it all began on sun-baked mud and mangy grass, now replaced with artificial turf.
Irish MN History Bus Tour: The History of the Irish in Minnesota Bus Tour and Discovering the Connemaras Walking Tour with Teresa McCormick. All aboard an antique bus to see the sites connected to the Irish roots of St. Paul. Includes Fort Snelling, Fountain Cave, the Cathedral, and more before concluding with a walking tour through the Connemara Patch.
Film: A Terrible Beauty: Docudrama that takes a unique look at the events of Easter Week 1916 in Dublin. Focusing on the ferocious Battle of Mount Street Bridge and the engagements around Ned Daly's Four Courts garrison, showing the human cost of the fighting on all sides. www.1916film.com
Adam Coolong - 1916 Rebel Songs: Adam Coolong has been interested in Irish history and politics for most of his life. He has amassed a deep repertoire of political and rebel songs that he performs regularly, and has given lectures and demonstrations of songs from the 1798 Rising and on Glasgow Celtic Football Club songs at the Irish Fair of Minnesota. Adam has toured all over the United States and Ireland with his band Wild Colonial Bhoys, and is currently recording the band’s latest album, a collection of rebel songs from the 1916 Easter Rising.
Minnesota Transportation Museum - Music at the Museum : Watching the Clock Strike in 1916 hosted by MPR’s Tom Crann. Soak in the historic Jackson Street Roundhouse, built by James J. Hill and the Great Northern Railway in 1907. Tours available. Enjoy music by Tom Dahill and dancers from Shamrock School of Irish Dance.
Summit Manor - Irish Network-Minnesota presents Women Rising : The evening will celebrate the heroic women who contributed to the success of Ireland's 1916 Easter Rising through their own words, along with music, song and poetry. Light appetizers and beverages available.
John Doyle in Concert : The immensely talented John Doyle, former member of Solas, performs a solo concert at the Celtic Junction.
Click below for a .pdf of the program for all of the 2016 events.