Irish Arts Week 2017

Event Calendar

2nd Annual Irish Arts Week

April, 21-30, 2017

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FRIDAY, APRIL 21 

7:30pm Reading by: Katie Donovan

University of St. Thomas/John Roach Center | 2115 Summit Avenue St. Paul, MN 55105 | at the corner of Summit and Cleveland Avenues - free   

2017 Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Award for Poetry prize winner reads from her latest collection of poetry Off Duty.                                                    

  

 

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 22

 

1:00–9:00pm Workshops & educational activities | The Celtic Junction Arts Center | 836 Prior Ave North, Saint Paul, MN 55104 - free

 

1:00-1:50pm Cré na Cille/The Dirty Dust Panel on this classic Irish comic novel with Irish language teacher, Tom Jeffers.

 

2:002:50pm The Irish Holy Wells of St. Brigid: Their Rituals, Physical Landscape, and Cultural Significance Art Historian, Clare Monardo, explores how Irish holy wells connect with a sacred landscape.

 

3:003:50pm Irish-American Autobiography Jim Rogers, Director of the Center for Irish Studies, reads from his latest essay collection. 

 

4:004:50pm Finding my Father: The Eoin McKiernan Story Deirdre McKiernan Hetzler reads from her biography of her father explaining how she came to a  greater understanding of thisIrish-American scholar & cultural bridge-builder.

 

6:009:00pm Welcome Reception Reception for the Arts Week & launch/tours of the McKiernan Library, & sampling of gourmet Irish food. Lead Speaker: Ragnar Almqvist, Vice Consul, Consulate General of Ireland-Chicago.

    

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 23

 

1:00–3:00pm Unholy Irish History Bus Tour of St. Paul

The Celtic Junction Arts Center | 836 Prior Ave North, Saint Paul, MN 55104 - $20 per person

The early Irish of MN, the infamous, resourceful, innovative, oft-times criminal, but always creative Irish… right here in St. Paul. History of a sordid nature, the darker side in an earlier time where the Irish sought to make their way or turn a profit -- gangsters & hideaways, harlots & hounds. A jam-packed, two-hour romp through unique history aboard a 1950’s vintage bus with tour guide Teresa McCormick.

Tickets available at http://bustour.bpt.me

 

3:00–5:00pm Children’s Fair

The Celtic Junction Arts Center | 836 Prior Ave North, Saint Paul, MN 55104 - free

Dancing with O’Shea Irish Dance, music provided by The Center for Irish Music, art time with MN Feis, games, popcorn & juice with Irish Dance Parents Association. Facepainting with the Irish Music and Dance Association. Storytime & puppets in the Eoin McKiernan Library.

 

MONDAY, APRIL 24

 

7:30pm Irish-American Nationalism and 1917

The Celtic Junction Arts Center | 836 Prior Ave North, Saint Paul, MN 55104 - free   

Dr. Michael Doorley will examine the response of Irish-American nationalists to the First World War & their efforts to win American recognition for Irish independence after the War. Dr. Doorley is an Associate Lecturer in history & international relations with the Open University & the author of Irish American Diaspora Nationalism: The Friends of Irish Freedom, 1916 - 1935 (2005). 

 

 

 

TUESDAY, APRIL 25

 

7:30pm Film: Older Than Ireland

Dubliner Pub | 2162 University Ave, Saint Paul- free

Older Than Ireland is a landmark documentary that examines what it means to have lived one hundred years in Ireland, as seen through the eyes of its oldest citizens. Directed By: Alex Fegan. Presented in partnership with Celtic Journeys.

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26

 

7:30pm The Home Place: Brian Friel’s Ireland

John Roach Center/University of St. Thomas | 2115 Summit Avenue St. Paul, MN 55105 | at the corner of Summit and Cleveland Avenues - free

Professor Anthony Roche addresses the rich & complex topic of ‘home’ in the writing of the great Irish playwright, Brian Friel, particularly in relation to family & place. This occasionally autobiographical lecture will include a section on Friel’s period at the Guthrie Theater in 1963. Dr. Roche is Professor Emeritus in the School of English, Drama & Film at University College Dublin. He is the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Brian Friel (2006) & the author of Brian Friel: Theatre and Politics (2012). 

 

 

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 27

 

7:30-10:00pm Adam Coolong Rebel Songs       

Cork’s Pub Embassy Suites in St. Paul | 175 E 10th St Saint Paul, MN 55101 - free   

Adam Coolong, of the Wild Colonial Bhoys, has been interested in Irish history & politics for most of his life. He has amassed a deep repertoire of political & rebel songs that he performs regularly. Adam & the Bhoys just returned from a USO tour of the Middle East performing their latest album Century.   

 

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 28

 

7:30–9:30pm Tom Dahill & the Pig’s Eye Ceili Band Fundraiser                                    

The Celtic Junction Arts Center | 836 Prior Ave North, Saint Paul, MN 55104 - $10 donation at door

This fundraiser will take the Céili Band to the 2017 Midwest Fleadh Cheoil (music competition) in St. Louis. If they attain first or second place, they will travel on to compete in the 2017 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland in August.

 

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 29 

 

1:00–2:00pm Literary Reading

The Celtic Junction Arts Center | 836 Prior Ave North, Saint Paul, MN 55104 - free

Celtic Collaborative present a reading of new writing with Jessica Mork , Jacqueline Hesse, Erin Hart, Paddy O’Brien & other local writers in the Eoin McKiernan Library.

 

Noon–5:00pm  Tom Dunn’s ‘Irish of Minnesota’ photos exhibit

Two Locations - free       

Lowertown, St. Paul: Studio 242 Northern Warehouse, 308 Prince Street

Kelly’s Depot Bar & Grill 241 E Kellogg Blvd

Saint Paul Art Crawl

 

8:00am–4:00pm Minneapolis Feis

Concordia University | 1282 Concordia Ave 55104 - free 

 

7:00-11:00pm The Northerly Gales Together CD launch party & concert

The Celtic Junction Arts Center | 836 Prior Ave North, Saint Paul, MN 55104 - $5 at door 

Join us for the CD launch party for the debut release from The Northerly Gales, featuring a mixture of original compositions & both modern & traditional Celtic & American covers & arrangements. Together was largely funded by TNG’s fans & supporters through a crowd-funding campaign, was produced by John Wright & TNG, & released through New Folk Records. Opening acts The Langer’s Ball & the Unwelcome Visitors.

 

 

SUNDAY, APRIL 30  

 

8:00am–4:00pm O’Shea Irish Dance Feis  | Concordia University | 1282 Concordia Ave 55104 – free

 

5:00–8:00pm  Beltane Eve Bonfire | Newell Park | 1843 Hewitt Ave Saint Paul, - free

Celebrate the arrival of summer in ancient Irish fashion. Musicians & dancers welcome! All ages. Family friendly.