Apr 16, 2019, 7:00 PM
Assuming that the April 12th deadline is met, we might be in a slightly more informed place to discuss what the EU and Britain will look like! Join us for a discussion covering all of the hot topics coming out of the UK lately: future UK trade policy, the Irish border question, deal or no deal?, immigration policy and Brexit from a historical perspective. Eugene Meyer Professor of British History and Literature, Dr. Aldous is the author and editor of eleven books, including most recently Schlesinger: The Imperial Historian. He has written widely on Anglo-American relations (Reagan and Thatcher, Macmillan Eisenhower and the Cold War), Irish history (Tony Ryan; Great Irish Speeches) and British history (The Lion and the Unicorn: Gladstone vs. Disraeli, Tunes of Glory: The Life of Malcolm Sargent). He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and was for many years Chair of the History Department at University College Dublin.
Apr 11, 2019, 7:00 PM
The 90-minute film, which is narrated by Downton Abbey's Alan Leech, includes footage of the the funeral of Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa, the aftermath of the Easter Rising, the Treaty negotiations and the shelling of the Four Courts which started the Civil War, and features historical figures such as Michael Collins, Patrick Pearse, Edward Carson, and John Redmond. The Irish Times reports that British Pathé had tired to make a similar film in 1935, but were stopped from doing so by the government under Eamon de Valera. At the time, Pathé had sent the government 43 reels of film, which were then confiscated. The colorized footage is amazing - really letting us see the events as they happened and not in some detached way. The film, which is scripted by Trinity College Dublin historian Eunan O'Halpin, is the result of a collaboration between the British Pathé archive and Zampano Productions.
Apr 9, 2019, 7:00 PM
Robert Mulligan will take us through an authentic account of the daily lives of the "noble boys in blue." With a replica uniform, bedroll, cap and ball musket and bayonet, as well as the other accoutrements of a typical private of the 43rd New York Volunteers, we will learn how the Civil War soldiers ate, slept, marched, and fought - and how they were drilled, disciplined, and tested in the theater of war.
Apr 8, 2019, 7:00 PM
Join our new book club celebrating women's history. 2017 marked the Centennial of Women's Suffrage in New York State, and in 2020 the nation will celebrate 100 years of the 19th Amendment. The history of the women's suffrage movement in our state and nation spanned seventy years, from the 1848 meeting convened by Elizabeth Cady Stanton in Seneca Falls to the tactics wielded by Alice Paul and includes overlooked stories and actors such as the African-American suffragists. Our book selections - which include history, biography, and fiction - provide a window into this chapter of American social progress and a springboard into ongoing discussions of women's - and by extension, our society's - past, present, and future. The museum will provide the books. If you are interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send out a poll to determine time and dates which suit people best.
Apr 4, 2019, 7:00 PM
Our popular traditional Rambling House returns to the Museum. All are invited to attend this informal "seisuin" led by Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann. Bring your instrument - or be ready to sing or recite a poem - and join in, or just sit back and enjoy some of the Capital Region's finest traditional musicians in an informal session.
Mar 30, 2019, 10:30 AM
The Shadow of a Gunman premiered at The Abbey Theatre in 1923 to immediate success, selling out tickets for the first time in Abbey history, and establishing Sean O'Casey's career as a playwright at age 43. The first of The Dublin Plays, this two-act work is written in O'Casey's characteristic tragicomic style. It's 1920, and the Irish War of Independence rages on the streets of Dublin as Irish revolutionaries clash with British auxiliary forces. Aspiring poet Donal Davoren tries to avoid the conflict, but when Donal learns of a rumor that he is a gunman on the run, he cannot resist the curiosity it stirs in beautiful young Minnie Powers ... and he cannot escape the attention of his other neighbors. As the rumor grows, the war outside moves closer to home with tragic consequences. We will leave Albany in the morning and you are free to have lunch in the city before attending the 3pm performance of this play. SEATS ARE LIMITED, so please call the Museum at 518 427 1916 or email us at info@Irish-us.org to reserve your tickets now!
Mar 26, 2019, 7:00 PM
Until recently, few women were given prominence in the long list of Kilmainham Gaol's political prisoners. However, after the 1916 Rising, seventy-seven women were held prisoner in Kilmainham for their part in the rebellion, and at the height of the Civil War in 1923 over three-hundred women, aged between twelve and seventy, were imprisoned there. This film is about those women. There is a surprising and poignant New York connection to - and it's not James Connolly!
Mar 21, 2019, 7:00 PM
Come join us for the true tale of Granuaile, (Grainne Mhaol) Ireland's Pirate Queen as told by storyteller, Marni Gillard. We'll watch young Grainne O'Malley, age 12, claim her right to go to sea with her chieftain father. We'll follow her into O'Flaherty territory after marrying another clan's chieftain-to-be who proves himself a poor political ally. When her children are "fostered away" Grainne reclaims her true calling as sea captain. With men from many clans she stands against England's administrators and generals sent by Elizabeth I to lure Ireland's chieftains into trading lands and treasuries for titles such as Duke, Earl and Viscount. When her son Tibbot is captured and jailed, she dares to sail up the Thames to meet the aging queen, and the two find common ground as caretakers of their people.
Mar 17, 2019, 2:00 PM
Join us at the museum for even more Irish events and culture with Chris Gil to serenade you! Find out the real story of St. Patrick and even meet the man himself. Admire our new exhibit on Celtic Art too! This will be the second weekend of Irish celebrations at the Museum so take the opportunity to celebrate your heritage - and "pass it on!"
Mar 16, 2019, 12:00 PM
The Big Day is here!! REGISTRATION OPEN NOW: ☘️ The Irish American Heritage Museum, in partnership with Downtown Albany, New York and ARE Event Productions, presents the second annual Irish Sweat-er 5K in downtown Albany. This fun run for all ages takes place along the route of the 69th Annual Albany St. Patrick's Day Parade, just before the parade steps off at 2:00 PM. Online registration for the 5K is now open at zippyreg.com. Early-bird registration is just $25, with fees increasing to $30 on March 5 and $35 day-of-race. Come and march with the Museum! Call us to let us know if you will march with us in the Parade. And then end the day back at the Museum with fun activities for all the family, including St. Patrick, entertainment, and food! It's going to be a busy weekend!
Mar 14, 2019, 12:00 PM
Join us for a "State of the Museum" luncheon - a chance to get together and review the year, celebrate friendships, and share our common culture and heritage. Lunch will be served and the bar will be serving. We want to celebrate the month of March with our friends and members and honor two of our biggest supporters, Ed Collins and Harold Qualters. There will also be a raffle with fantastic prizes, including tickets to see Celtic Women at the Palace. Please call the museum at 518 427 1916 for tickets because we will need to confirm numbers with our chef!
Mar 12, 2019, 6:30 PM
Whether you are satisfied or disappointed with the amount of Irish DNA your genetic test has revealed, you probably have lots of questions. How is the amount determined? Why am I less Irish than my sibling? Can I use these results to find cousins in Ireland? Professional genealogist Lisa Dougherty will answer those questions and more in this presentation designed to set you on the right path toward getting the most from your DNA test.
Mar 12, 2019, 2:00 PM
This is a charming and touching documentary about some of the more traditional pubs in Ireland and the role they play in local community. It focuses on the friendships and "craic" provided in these pubs and the lives of the families who run them - often for generations - in a changing Ireland. $5.
Mar 10, 2019, 3:00 PM
The popular, family-friendly tradition continues with a special treat for this most Irish of months! $5 members, and $10 for non-members.
Mar 9, 2019, 10:00 AM
It's a Great Day (or month) for the Irish! Join us for our popular Irish Soda Bread Competition and Irish cultural presentations by Three Irish Voices, Bethlehem School of Dance, and St. Patrick himself! We will have a craft market with handmade gifts made by local artists, and our gift shop has been replenished with Irish jewelry, quilts, and food. Entrance is $5 and the bakers must be amateur and can enter into both the Traditional recipe category and the Family recipe. Call the museum for a registration form and we will email it to you. Prizes include Galway Crystal, Donegal Porcelain, and Museum swag. This is a great day out for all the family, with music, history, and culture on offer as well as tasty Shepherd's Pie ... and all the bread you can eat!
Mar 7, 2019, 7:00 PM
Our popular traditional Rambling House returns to the Museum. All are invited to attend this informal "seisuin" led by Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann. Bring your instrument - or be ready to sing or recite a poem - and join in, or just sit back and enjoy some of the Capital Region's finest traditional musicians in an informal session.
Feb 28, 2019, 7:00 PM
This captivating and poignant story of their struggles and romance, his exploits as a highly decorated B-17 pilot during World War II, and the tragedy that tears them apart, inspires while tugging at your heart. A screenplay adaptation of the book is in development.
Feb 21, 2019, 7:00 PM
In spring 1845, Douglass published his first book 'Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American slave.' The memoir stirred fresh hostilities. To avoid physical harm or being forcibly returned (by bounty-hungry "slave-catchers") to his bondage in Maryland, it was decided that, until things cooled down, he would leave the United States for a while, for a hastily and incompletely planned lecture tour of the British Isles.
Feb 15, 2019, 7:00 PM
The perfect date-night or Galentine's activity! Or perhaps a good way to meet someone! Join the Museum Ensemble for an evening of poetry, prose, and song celebrating some of the greatest love stories - with maybe one or two about heartbreak - as only the Irish could have described it. St. Valentine is buried in Ireland, so he has probably inspired some of the world's most popular love poems.
Feb 13, 2019, 7:00 PM
This is a charming and touching documentary about some of the more traditional pubs in Ireland and the role they play in local community. It focuses on the friendships and "craic" provided in these pubs and the lives of the families who run them - often for generations - in a changing Ireland.
Irish Genealogy Lecture Series at the Irish American Heritage Museum: Session II Advanced Irish Genealogy
Feb 12, 2019, 6:30 PM
Once you know where in Ireland your ancestors came from, where do you go from there? Is it necessary to go all the way to Dublin to do research? Join instructor and professional genealogist Lisa Dougherty for a workshop that will acquaint you with Irish records you can use for research, how to access them, and their effective use to find out more about your ancestor's life in Ireland before emigrating to the United States.
Feb 9, 2019, 7:00 PM
Andrew Finn Magill grew up immersed in music, and by age 16, he was a two-time finalist at the All-Ireland Championships and he is equally proficient in several American folk idioms such as old-time and bluegrass. He has toured France with the popular Celtic music & dance revue, Celtic Dances, under the musical direction of Liz Knowles & Kieran O’Hare. "This is a fully authentic representation of the tradition that could just as easily have come from Co. Clare or Sligo except that it’s all the way from Asheville, North Carolina. This bodes well for the future of Irish music". – Martin Hayes
Feb 7, 2019, 7:00 PM
Join us at the museum for our own rambling house and an informal music and song session by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (the Irish Musicians' Association). This is a monthly event at the museum and very popular. Bring your party piece or instrument! Audience participation welcome and encouraged by our friendly group. Hear traditional Irish music, and old songs, stories and poems in a traditional format that still happens in many Irish homes (and bars) today. The motto of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann is "ceol agus gaol" (music and kinship). Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, headquartered in Ireland, is the primary Irish organization dedicated to the promotion of the music, song, dance and the language of Ireland. There are branches of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann all over the world. Light refreshments will be provided.
Feb 5, 2019, 7:00 PM
Join us at Roger Bacon Hall, Room 202 at Siena College where Dr. Peter Moloney will discuss the role of sport in modern Irish, including the cultural importance of the GAA as well as its parochial structure. The popularity of and reaction to other sports was often at odds with GAA culture, as he will outline. The urban/rural differences will also be explored as will gender roles.
The Irish Maid in America: Was Bridget's Experience Unique? A presentation by Margaret Lynch-Brennan, Ph.D.
Jan 31, 2019, 7:00 PM
Who was Bridget? How did the Irish girl's experience compare with that of German, Scandinavian and African-American maids and nannies in 19th and early 20th century America? How does it compare with the experience of Japanese, Latina, Chicana, West Indian and Filipino maids and nannies in America? Was Bridget's experience unique? Come to this presentation and find out!
Jan 24, 2019, 7:00 PM
We will walk you through the step-by-step process from grain to bottle of the spirits produced including our whiskey, rum and vodka, including details about some of the techniques and traditions that immigrants brought with them! The event will conclude with a tasting of some of our great New York State products.
Jan 22, 2019, 7:00 PM
Dr. Elizabeth Stack, Assemblymember Patricia Fahy, and Assemblymember Jack McEneny will discuss the 1918 election which catapulted Sinn Fein to prominence, culminating in the party refusing to take their seats in Westminster and instead forming the first Dail Eireann (Irish Parliament.) They will look at the legacy of that first Dail - which coincided with the first shots in the War of Independence - and the Irish affinity for politics, at home and in America. The lecture will complement the new exhibition which the museum is hosting, De Valera in America, 1919-1921, when the first Taoiseach lobbied America for recognition of Irish self-determination.
Jan 18, 2019, 7:00 PM
Remembering your roots is important and if you are of Irish descent, The Writing Irish of New York will make you proud to be Irish. This book reminds us of how many incredible authors have come out of Ireland over 100 years. It also showcases a new group of Irish-American writers helping to continue to grow this unique and creative group. Colin Broderick, the Northern Irish mastermind behind this book, has assembled an incredible bunch of new Irish-American writers to showcase their writing along with his essays about some of the great Irish writers like Oscar Wilde, J.P. Dunleavy, Brendan Behan and Francis Scott Fitzgerald, the Irish American author of The Great Gatsby. Fresh from his book launch at the Irish Arts Center in Manhattan, Colin will speak about his life and his book.
Jan 13, 2019, 3:00 PM
The heartwarming Irish tradition of sharing stories continues with Alden (Joe) Dolittle and Claire Nolan spinning yarns about childhood and growing up Irish. $5 members, $10 non-members, family rates available.
Jan 10, 2019, 7:00 PM
Join us at the museum for our own rambling house and an informal music and song session by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. This is a monthly event at the museum and very popular. Bring your party piece or instrument! Audience participation welcome and encouraged by our friendly group. Hear traditional Irish music, and old songs, stories and poems in a traditional format that still happens in many Irish homes (and bars) today.
Jan 8, 2019, 6:30 PM
If you are just beginning the search for your Irish ancestors, you are probably already encountering many records that give simply "Ireland" as a place of origin. At this workshop you will discover unique records and learn strategies that will help you find a more specific hometown for your ancestors. Instructor and professional genealogist Lisa Dougherty has more than 20 years experience in finding Irish roots and she will help you move beyond the obvious to the specific.
Dec 16, 2018, 3:00 PM
The heartwarming Irish tradition of sharing stories continues at the museum with Claire Nolan and Alden (Joe) Dolittle, who will regale us with stories of childhood and growing up Irish!
Dec 13, 2018, 7:00 PM
Dr. Sonnelitter will discuss the most provocative and informative primary sources of the Great Hunger. Her book is a documentary history of some of the most important aspects of the administration and experiences of the people at that time. Copies of the book will be available to buy.
Dec 10, 2018, 3:30 PM
A must-see movie - the first ever written about the Great Hunger. In the old Western genre, the story follows a returned Irish solider who discovers the horrors that have befallen his family and who vows vengeance. Amazing cinematography in Connemara, the film also features some dialogue in Gaelic. $5 entrance fee.
Dec 7, 2018, 7:00 PM
Join us to hear seasonal stories from one of Ireland's most beloved writers, John B. Keane from Listowel. Stories to warm your heart and tickle your funny bone, with descriptions of preparations for an old-fashioned Christmas. Read by the Museum Ensemble.
Dec 6, 2018, 7:00 PM
A traditional and casual evening of song and music at the Museum. Everyone is welcome to join in so bring your instrument or party piece!!
Dec 1, 2018, 11:00 AM
Join us for family fun, Irish food, artisan crafts, tastings, and Santa Claus! The perfect opportunity to buy a traditional or handmade gift.
Nov 30, 2018, 6:00 PM
For many years, Hugh Carey served on the Museum’s Board of Advisors, providing guidance and helping facilitate the Museum’s educational programs and events. The Museum’s Board of Trustees annually bestows the Hugh L. Carey Award reflecting the spirit of his own public service. The Award honors individuals who make significant contributions to improving our society, as Hugh Carey did, through community and public service; the arts; cultural endeavors; the health care, teaching, law/justice, science, sports/athletics and other professions. This year we are delighted to honor one of the Capital Region’s most respected community leaders, retired U.S. Congressmember Michael McNulty; Kerry Kennedy, whose newest book Ripples of Hope explores the influence that her father Robert continues to have on the issues at the heart of America's identity; the late Thomas D. McNabb, who was on the Board of the Museum for twenty years, and National President of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. To add to the evening’s excitement, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan and The Ambassador Consul General of Ireland Ciarán Madden serve as Honorary Co-Chairs.
Nov 29, 2018, 7:00 PM
One of the realities of modern culture is that we do not talk much about death or how to cope with it when it occurs in our lives. The Irish American Heritage Museum will discuss traditional Irish cultural habits, as well as modern literature to offer a round-table conversation on this important topic. Alden (Joe) Dolittle, a regional storyteller, volunteer chaplain at Albany Medical Center, and and Advanced Care Planning facilitator will join Dr. Jeffrey Berman in conversation. Dr. Berman writes and teaches writing about death and loss in literature and life. His book, Death in the Classroom, describes these factors and the course that he designed and taught two years after his wife's death. Join us for a cultural, philosophical, and healing session.
Nov 27, 2018, 7:30 PM
The fourth lecture in this popular series, Peter will discuss the border in the North. This is sure to be an interesting topic given the ongoing Brexit negotiations.
Nov 17, 2018, 3:00 PM
The screening of this important film - the first one ever made about the Great Hunger - will be prefaced by a short lecture by Dr. Elizabeth Stack. P J Dillon, one of the writers of the film, is from the same hometown as Elizabeth, and so she will fill us in on the inspiration for the film. There will be a Q & A after the movie. There will be food and drink available. $10 admission fee.
POSTPONED: The Irish Maid in America: Was Bridget's Experience Unique? A presentation by Margaret Lynch-Brennan, Ph.D
Nov 15, 2018, 7:00 PM
Apologies for the late notice, but given the forecast we thought it better that everyone stay home, safe and warm. We will reschedule this presentation. Who was Bridget? How did the Irish girl's experience compare with that of German, Scandinavian and African-American maids and nannies in 19th and early 20th century America? How does it compare with the experience of Japanese, Latina, Chicana, West Indian and Filipino maids and nannies in America? Was Bridget's experience unique? Come to this presentation and find out! Margaret Lynch-Brennan began her career as a classroom teacher. For many years she served as an administrator with the New York State Education Department working on issues related to civil rights, high school reform, and professional development for teachers. Subsequent to earning a Ph.D. in American History from the University at Albany, State University of New York, she published essays in three books and presented at conferences in Australia, Germany, Ireland and the United States. Her book, The Irish Bridget: Irish Immigrant Women in Domestic Service in America, 1840-1930, was first published by Syracuse University Press in 2009, subsequently reprinted in hardcover, and issued as a paperback in 2014. After retiring from the New York State Education Department she taught at Hudson Valley Community College and served a two-year term as a Public Scholar for Humanities New York (The New York Council for the Humanities). She now works as an independent scholar and is a member of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars.
Nov 13, 2018, 7:00 PM
The Museum will host an ensemble of readers and musicians to perform famous writings and popular songs from World War I. Chris McCarthy, Don Kelly, Steven O' Connor, Kathy McCarthy, Debbie Rhatigan, Bill Murray, Bill Dollard, and Meg Carroll will perform a selection of writing by Letts, Kettle, and MacGill and songs by Eric Bogle, George M. Cohan, and Irving Berlin. Audience participation welcome!
Nov 11, 2018, 10:50 AM
On the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, the Irish American Heritage Museum will lay a wreath at the World War I Monument in Albany (New Scotland Avenue and Lake Avenue). There will be a short presentation there, with the wreath laying, which will include other Veterans' groups. Everyone is then welcome back to the museum for brunch and a short lecture on the Irish- and German-American response to World War I by Dr. Elizabeth Stack, Executive Director of the IAHM, which will complement a new exhibit on the topic. We will complete our commemoration with a spotlight on two Albany veterans and their wartime experience. Debbie Brennan and Margaret Lasch-Carroll, the grand-daughters of two veterans will present extracts from their grandfather's diaries and letters home. John Joseph Brennan served at the Somme, and his diary records many of his experiences there. Phillip Joseph Gallagher was stationed at Lough Foyle Naval Air Station in Ireland, and his letters home give an intriguing insight into the Irish experience of the war, even as many struggled to gain independence form Britain.
Nov 9, 2018, 7:00 PM
Join us at the museum for an evening of heart warming and unforgettable stories of memories and gratitude. Tea and soda bread will be served.
Nov 8, 2018, 7:30 PM
A world without nightly soap operas, football or a film for enjoyment may seem hard to imagine, but perhaps we are the ones who are lacking the proper home-spun entertainment enjoyed by our Irish ancestors. In days gone by, long nights in Ireland were passed by attending airneán or going "ag bothantiocht", in what was known as a rambling house. These were houses where friends and neighbors congregated for gossip, storytelling and perhaps the odd song and dance, late into the night. These houses served an important function in the days before radio, television and modern transport. We have rambling houses to thank for ensuring much traditional lore, stories and music were passed on from generation to generation. Join us at the museum for our own rambling house and an informal music and song session by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. Bring your party piece or instrument! Audience participation welcome.
Oct 27, 2018, 7:00 PM
Steven O' Connor, Sheila O' Shea, Parker Cross, and Elizabeth Stack will share some of the creepiest Hallowe'en stories, from old Irish superstitions to more modern horror writers from America and Ireland! We will discuss fear and why people are drawn to things that scare them. You are welcome to share your encounter with the supernatural too or tell us an Albany story. Don't worry though - we'll give you something to replenish your spirits before sending you home! Donations appreciated.
CHANGE OF VENUE "Under the Starry Flag." Professor Lucy E Salyer. NOW ON AT CELTIC HALL 430 NEW KARNER ROAD.
Oct 26, 2018, 7:00 PM
Author and Professor Lucy E. Salyer will discuss and sign her new book, Under the Starry Flag: How a Band of Irish Americans Joined the Fenian Revolt and Sparked a Crisis over Citizenship The book will be on sale in the Museum. The riveting story of forty Irish Americans who set off to fight for Irish independence, only to be arrested by Queen Victoria's authorities and accused of treason: a tale of idealism and justice with profound implications for future conceptions of citizenship and immigration. In 1867 forty Irish American freedom fighters, outfitted with guns and ammunition, sailed to Ireland to join the effort to end British rule. Yet they never got a chance to fight. British authorities arrested them for treason as soon as they landed, sparking an international conflict that dragged the United States and Britain to the brink of war. Under the Starry Flag recounts this gripping legal saga, a prelude to today's immigration battles. The Fenians, as the freedom fighters were called, claimed American citizenship. British authorities disagreed, insisting that naturalized Irish Americans remained British subjects. Following in the wake of the Civil War, the Fenian crisis dramatized anew the idea of citizenship as an inalienable right, as natural as freedom of speech and religion. The captivating trial of these men illustrated the stakes of extending those rights to arrivals from far-flung lands. The case of the Fenians, Lucy E. Salyer shows, led to landmark treaties and laws acknowledging the right of exit. The U.S. Congress passed the Expatriation Act of 1868, which guarantees the right to renounce one's citizenship, in the same month it granted citizenship to former American slaves. The small ruckus created by these impassioned Irish Americans provoked a human rights revolution that is not, even now, fully realized. Placing Reconstruction-era debates over citizenship within a global context, Under the Starry Flag raises important questions about citizenship and immigration. Lucy E. Salyer is Associate Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire and the author of Laws Harsh as Tigers: Chinese Immigrants and the Shaping of Modern Immigration Law, which won the Theodore Saloutos Book Award for the best book on immigration history. A former Constance E. Smith Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Salyer has received the Arthur K. Whitcomb Professorship for teaching excellence and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, and the American Council of Learned Societies.
Oct 21, 2018, 2:00 PM
Hallowe'en is an Irish holiday - based on the ancient Celtic "Samhain," which was the end of the old year. Oiche Shamhna is the Irish for Hallowe'en Night, and this afternoon we will celebrate all the old, traditional games, by Trick or Treating in the museum, bobbing for apples, eating Barmbrack to see what your fortune holds, and carving pumpkins. There will be a range of snacks and activities, including story-telling by Bill Combes. Suitable for all the family. Come in costume for an extra treat!
Oct 13, 2018, 3:00 PM
Briege is a singer-songwriter from Armagh, who writes contemporary folk songs, and sings Irish traditional songs. She tells the story behind the song usually with a good dose of humor thrown in. For many years, she was a member of the local "Ring of Gullion" Comhaltas in my home village of Forkhill, in Co. Armagh. Her songs have been recorded by people like Niamh Parsons (e.g. songs Cloghinne Winds, Lappin), Frances Black and Aoife Scott (The Hills of South Armagh ), Rig the Jig, Don Stiffe, Anthony John Clarke, The Border Collies, Scold's Bridle, The Once (Canadian National folk award winners), Sue Matthews, Maryland, and many more around the globe. $10 for members, $15 for non-members. We are proud to be able to bring new musicians from Ireland for our community to hear!
Oct 12, 2018, 7:00 PM
Get ready for Hallowe'en and hear stories about things that go bump in the night!!! Samhain is the old Irish holiday and the origins of Hallowe'en have a decidedly Celtic flavour.
Oct 9, 2018, 7:00 PM
Irish authors have given us our most infamous vampric villains. Though canon says Dracula comes from Transylvania, we will argue that Drac is more Irish than Romanian! Join Maeve McEneny Johnson in a horror-filled examination of nineteenth century Dublin's Gothic writers. How does pagan folklore, Christian identity and Celtic pride, factor into the most famous bloodsuckers? Join us to find out! Authors Examined: Charles Maturin, Sheridan LeFanu, Bram Stoker and Oscar Wilde. Maeve McEneny Johnson was raised in an Irish Catholic household, Christened with a pagan name, has more books than clean t-shirts and she's been telling ghost stories since she was six years old. She has been a tour guide for the city of Albany for over 10 years and penned The Original Albany Ghost Tour, the first haunted tour about the city. She boasts a Master's degree in English from the University at Albany and currently works at the Discover Albany Visitor Center as their Education and Heritage Coordinator.
From Pigs to Micro-Processors: The Modernization of Irish Industry. Davis Auditorium at Skidmore College.
Oct 4, 2018, 7:00 PM
The popular and informative Carroll Lecture Series picks up again this fall at Skidmore College. Peter will discuss the transformation of the Irish economy during the 20th and 21st century. From an insular and isolated economy after World War II, Ireland was transformed because of the economic policies of T.K. Whitaker and membership in the EEC in 1973. Today, it is a hub for American and other computer and pharmaceutical industries. How did it happen, and what are the consequences it has had on the Irish economy? What will Brexit mean for Ireland as the Gateway to Europe?
Oct 1, 2018, 11:00 AM
Our re-scheduled Golf Tournament. The 19th Annual "Mostly Irish Classic" benefits the Irish American Heritage Museum, Albany, NY, and its educational programs. Now in its 32nd year of preserving & presenting Irish history, culture and influence throughout the Capital Region, the State, and the United States, the Museum's mission of public education tells of the contributions of the Irish in America. Our 2018 venue is the historic Mohawk Golf Club in Niskayuna, New York. So please join us for a good cause and a fine day of traditional Irish hospitality: good golf, fine food, stories, laughter, friendships and fundraising. Enjoy an all-inclusive day of great golf: shot-gun start, scramble format, lunch, complimentary selection of golf equipment gifts, free beverages on the course, complimentary "Adjustment Hour" that includes an Irish whiskey tasting, the Mohawk's Great Chef Dinner, fantastic raffle & auction items, & awards & prizes: Winning Foursome, Longest Drive, Closest-to-Pin, Hole-in-One, Putting Contest. For more information, sponsorship support, and registration please call the Irish American Heritage Museum (518) 427-1916 or email email@example.com.
Sep 30, 2018, 8:00 PM
Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games continues to thrill audiences around the globe with its intoxicating mix of dance and music that fuses the traditional with the contemporary in a classic tale that showcases the exceptional talent of the cast.
Sep 30, 2018, 5:00 PM
Join our Book Club and Knitting Circle. The Museum will host two different activities in the Fall and Winter. We will have a knitting and crochet class, where we will learn how to knit in the Aran Sweater tradition, knitting panels for a fabulous patchwork quilt. If you can "plain and purl" then you will be able to learn how to do these beautiful patterns. We also intend to host a book club which will start in October. Readers will take turns leading a session on the book of their choice. We will confirm the days we will meet when people sign up. Email the museum at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for these fun activities.
Sep 26, 2018, 6:00 PM
Eating together is always a celebration! Join us at the CDIAA Hall on Ontario Street for a Harvest festival/Lughnasa dinner, with stories and other Celtic traditional fun. Dinner and Dessert provided. $15 per person. Email email@example.com or call 518 427 1916 to confirm your seat. Celebrate the Taste and Traditions of Ancient Ireland!
Sep 23, 2018, 8:00 PM
Celtic Thunder live shows are known for dramatic effects via lighting and choreography as well as realistic Irish stage sets with authentic Irish instruments. The performances have dramatic solos, compelling ensembles, and comedic acts.
Sep 23, 2018, 2:30 PM
Please contact John Leonard at 518 573 2213 for tickets. Andy Cooney and the Irish Show Band, the Munro Brother Pipers and the Farrell School of Irish Dance will perform. Tickets cost $25.00 and the event is on at the CDIAA Hall, 375 Ontario Street, Albany.
Sep 20, 2018, 6:00 PM
Mary P. Corcoran, Professor of Sociology, Maynooth University and Fulbright/EPA Visiting Scholar. This is the decade of commemoration in Ireland marking the 1916 Rising, the transformative General Election of 1918, the War of Independence 1919-21 and the Civil War 1922-23. The commemorative process has engaged the nation in looking back and looking forward, evaluating both our past and our present. It is timely to reflect on where Ireland has ended up, 100 years after the publication of the Proclamation, almost 70 years since the country became a Republic in 1949, 45 years after we joined the European Union and 10 years after the economic crash. In this talk, Professor Corcoran will provide some sociological reflections on Irish modernity focusing in particular on key transformations that have occurred in everyday life, as well as noting important continuities with the past. The nature of Irish civil society will be explored particularly in the context of the 2015 Marriage Equality Referendum and the 2018 Eight Amendment campaigns.
Sep 15, 2018, 6:47 PM
The Albany Rowing Club will host the Annual Regatta at Jennings Landing starting at 12 noon. Come and watch our own Albany Rowing Club battle it out against the All Ireland Champion team, as well as crews from the Boyne Currach Project, Boston, Philadelphia, Annapolis, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, and New London. A great day out on the Hudson for all the family.
Sep 14, 2018, 7:00 PM
It's the perfect treat for the family adjusting to "Back to School!" Come hear our performers tell entertaining stories, rooted in the long Irish tradition. $25 family ticket.
Sep 6, 2018, 12:00 PM
"Bread or Blood:" The Great Hunger in an Irish Town. Elizabeth Stack, PhD, will discuss how the famine affected her home town of Listowel. The story is important not because it is exceptional, but because it represents the typical experience of many Irish towns at that time. $15 for lunch and the lecture. Please contact Paul Collins at firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm you will attend.
Aug 29, 2018, 6:30 PM
Join us for a sunset cruise to round out the summer before "Back to School time!" The United Irish Societies of the Capital District and the Museum invite you to enjoy a leisurely sunset cruise, light snacks, and music provided by Rick Bedrosian. Rick is the leader of two world renowned bands- Hair Of The Dog (Irish) and Hey Jude (Beatlemania). You can expect to hear fun Celtic and Beatles songs, many sing alongs by other artists, original tunes and wonderful stories from his five decade career in the music business. There will be a cash bar on board. Please visit the Dutch Apple website to purchase tickets in advance for $35, or $45 on the day.
Aug 22, 2018, 11:00 AM
Celebrate Irish American Day at the Track, August 22nd (Travers Week) from 11a.m. to 5p.m.
Aug 14, 2018, 7:00 PM
The museum is currently displaying Greg's iconic Saratgoa series through August. Greg will discuss his work at a reception on August 14th at the museum. Greg Montgomery received his formal art training at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, where he studied painting and lithography, and at the College of St. Rose in Albany, New York where he studied seriography. Recently, Greg has taken watercolor master classes in Europe with the Australian watercolorist David K. Taylor. His clean colors, dynamic form, and unusual use of white space make his work unparalleled in the field of equestrian, sporting, and poster art. Greg's series of posters for the Travers Stakes race in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. is the longest running series by a single artist for a single event in racing history. Over the years, Greg's bold and striking images of the racing scene have steadily increased in popularity. Today, his posters and prints hang in public and private collections worldwide and in the permanent collection of the Library of Congress.
Jul 23, 2018, 7:00 AM
An all-inclusive day of great golf: shot-gun start, scramble format, lunch, complimentary selection of golf equipment gifts, free beverages on the course, complimentary “Adjustment Hour” that includes an Irish whiskey tasting, the Mohawk’s Great Chef Dinner, great raffle & auction items, & awards & prizes: Winning Foursome, Longest Drive, Closest-to-Pin, Hole-in-One, Putting Contest.
Jul 17, 2018, 1:00 PM
Join us for Irish American Heritage Night at the Joe! Go Valley Cats! Enjoy a pregame concert by popular local Irish band Hair of the Dog! Concert begins once gates open at 5pm.
Jul 12, 2018, 3:00 PM
Bo Smith, Sage College, will discuss the historical origins of the Orange Order July marching season, as well as recent controversies and compromises. This is intended to be a non-sectarian event, that will reflect the recent meeting between the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with the Orange Order Leadership.
Jun 30, 2018, 7:00 AM
We will exhibit a comic adaptation of a chapter from the 1922 edition of James Joyce's epic novel, Ulysses by Robert Berry. If you've always wanted to read Ulysses, but have been intimidated by its size and density, this is a great way in and is a great new way in its own right to experience literature. Berry is devoted to using "the visual aid of the graphic novel" to "foster understanding of public domain literary masterworks." He's clear to point out that Ulysses Seen isn't meant to replace Ulysses. Rather it's meant to be a visual companion to the original work. It uses the comic narrative to "cut through jungles of unfamiliar references" and to help readers "appreciate the subtlety and artistry" of Joyce's text. Original artwork in the form of bookmarks are available to buy.
Jun 20, 2018, 1:30 PM
Join the Museum for a presentation with the creators of Find Your Way Home. Jeff Strange and Jimmy Kelly will discuss their inspiration for this amazing musical, and their creative process. We will also discuss the historical context of World War I and mass immigration. Find out what it takes to get a musical on Broadway. This gem has been called the "Irish Fiddler on the Roof" and the creativity behind it is inspiring. Suggested Donation $5.
Jun 16, 2018, 3:00 PM
Have you always been intimidated by Joyce's "Ulysses?" Have no fear, this program will give you a great background and perspective to this literary masterpiece. There will be a number of selected passages read by numerous members of the Capital District that will help make "Ulysses" accessible to all! If you have ever been interested at all in Ulysses, this is the program to check out!! Our talented cast perform a condensed version of one of the most notable works in literature, and famous Dublin songs will round out the entertainment. $5 to members $10 non-members
Jun 13, 2018, 2:00 PM
Bloomsday is a celebration that takes place both in Dublin and around the world. It celebrates Thursday 16 June 1904, which is the day depicted in James Joyce's novel Ulysses. The day is named after Leopold Bloom, the central character in Ulysses. The novel follows the life and thoughts of Leopold Bloom and a host of other characters - real and fictional - from 8am on 16 June 1904 through to the early hours of the following morning. The evening begins at the Museum at 6pm and then will continue on a pub crawl in the area, where you'll receive one drink. You'll be regaled by extracts from the famous book and songs about Dublin! The Society is a charitable organization which raises awareness of Irish culture in New York State. The proceeds that are raised go towards many worthwhile programs state-wide, and with your support, it allows us to contribute to these cultural programs. Cost is $30.00
Jun 5, 2018, 3:00 PM
A roundtable discussion will be hosted by the Irish American Heritage Museum on "The Life and Legacy of Robert Francis Kennedy" on June 5 to mark the 50th anniversary of his assassination. While representing New York in the U.S. Senate and having just won California's Democratic presidential primary, Bobby Kennedy was gunned down June 5, 1968 at a Los Angeles campaign event. He died from his injuries the next day.
Jun 2, 2018, 2:00 PM
There can be no question that the main way Irish Americans honor their heritage is through song. On Saturday, June 2, from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) Hall, 375 Ontario St., Albany, five well-known musical acts are offering their talents for a Hooley to raise money for the Irish American Heritage Museum. The performers include Kevin McKrell, Kilashandra, Jeff Strange, Jimmy Kelly and Don Kelly. We’re really honored that these fine musicians are performing this benefit for the museum, and that the CDIAA is hosting the event for us. Irish heritage is alive and well in the Capital Region, and we hope everyone turns out to sing along to the songs that remind us of our heritage. Come celebrate our heritage together!
May 16, 2018, 3:00 PM
The Tables Turned: Mass Immigration into Ireland by Peter Moloney at Union College
May 11, 2018, 3:00 PM
A great night of story-telling and music in the Irish tradition. A fun night for all the family!
Apr 13, 2018, 3:00 PM
The Luck of the Irish: The Good, The Bad and the Blarney. Mary Murphy and Nancy Marie Payne will share stories which amuse in the moment and give memories worth having.
Apr 10, 2018, 3:00 PM
The Good Friday Agreement, a framework for peace in Northern Ireland. Panel Discussion with Karen Sonnelitter, PhD, Jack McEneny, and Ed Collins.
Mar 17, 2018, 10:00 AM
Come walk with members and friends of the Irish American Heritage Museum, the Capital District Celtic Cultural Association (CDCCA) and for the first time in the history of the St. Patrick's Day Parade - a Kerry Cow! We will be meeting at 12:45pm at the CDCCA at 430 New Karner Road, rather than at the AOH on Ontario, as in years past, to accommodate our 4-legged friend.
Mar 17, 2018, 8:00 AM
There's still time to register to run in the inaugural Irish Sweat-er Run, just go to albanyrunningexchange.org. (Online registration closes at 10am, Friday, 3/16). Registered runners will receive "pots of gold" string bags with complimentary museum memberships, gift certificates, free beverage coupons and more, while supplies last. Bibs and bags can be picked up at the museum (370 Broadway, Albany) on Friday, 3/16 from 1-4pm. We will also offer "Day Of" registration from 10-11:30am.
Mar 17, 2018, 7:00 AM
The Irish American Heritage Museum will host the 4th Annual Family Festival at Academy Park at Academy Park and in Albany's City Hall on Saturday, March 17th from 11am-4pm. The festival is free and open to the public and will include food, crafts, music and dance performances. We have a full day of great entertainment planned in conjunction with Albany’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, which kicks off on Ontario St. and Central Avenue at 2pm. Some of these events will be held inside City Hall due to weather and ground conditions.
Mar 10, 2018, 5:00 AM
Save the date for this fun-filled day with Irish Soda Bread tasting, Irish Bowling demonstrations, Irish music and more. Register today using the Contest Entry Packet.
Feb 15, 2018, 2:00 PM
First of a six lecture series on Contemporary Ireland by Dr. Peter Molony to be held at Siena College in on February 15th at 7pm in the Lonnstrom Dining Hall (The Norm).
Feb 9, 2018, 2:00 PM
Seanachie Eves are evening events held at the museum on the second Friday of the month at 7pm. Come in to hear some wondeful storytelling and share your own stories.
Dec 8, 2017, 2:00 PM
Start the holiday season at the Irish American Heritage Museum on Friday, December 8 for a reading of the charming story, "A Child's Christmas in Wales," by Dylan Thomas. Enjoy holiday music, seasonal treats, and the nostalgia and humor of Dylan Thomas's memories of the Christmas' of his youth. Share your own holiday stories and sing along with a cast of dramatic readers including special guest reader Anne McCloy from CBS 6 WRGB, we look forward to a lovely evening.
Nov 29, 2017, 6:00 AM
Bring your questions and have Lisa help you find your answers!
Nov 18, 2017, 9:00 AM
John Fitzgerald and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy left an indelible mark on American history.
Nov 3, 2017, 2:00 PM
On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Irish American Heritage Museum, we invite you to join us for the Annual Governor Hugh L. Carey Awards Gala, November 3rd, at 6 PM at The Desmond. We are honoring two of Irish America’s most respected and generous community leaders: CSEA President & AFL-CIO/AFSCME International Vice President Danny Donohue and Retired NYS Assemblymember & Albany Historian Jack McEneny. The Museum will also be recognizing Governor Carey’s Tax Commissioner, James Tully
Oct 26, 2017, 2:30 PM
Many of us know the story of the Irish laborers on the Erie Canal, but, as our current exhibit tells, the Irish story does not end there.