Lecture about the Ulster Scots and the Scotch-Irish in America

September 22, 2010

Nelson McCausland, Northern Ireland Minister for Culture, Arts & Leisure, speaks on the Ulster Scots and the Scotch-Irish in America

Monday, September 27th at 7pm at Glucksman Ireland House NYU

Nelson McCausland, Member of Legislative Assembly and Northern Ireland Minister for Culture, Arts, and Leisure, will explore the history of the Ulster-Scots in Ireland and the Scotch-Irish in America.

In the early seventeenth century, especially after the departure of the last great Gaelic chiefs, Hugh O’Neill and Hugh O’Donnell, in 1607 and the subsequent plantation of confiscated lands in Ulster during the reigns of the first Stuart kings, James I and Charles I, large numbers of Scots began to settle in Ulster. That settlement continued steadily throughout the seventeenth century, despite rebellion and civil war in the 1640s, intensifying again in the late 1690s and early 1700s. Most of these settlers were Presbyterian and as such were known as Dissenters because they did not conform to the Anglican Church. Like Irish Catholics in the 18th century, they were subject to penal legislation and religious intolerance. Economic conditions and religious disharmony thus prompted thousands of Ulster Scots Presbyterians to sail for America where they played significant roles in the development of the new nation.  Join us for an evening with Minister McCausland as he explores the fascinating history of Ulster Scots and the Scotch-Irish.

Free admission. In order to ensure a seat, please RSVP to 212-998-3950 (option 3) or email ireland.house@nyu.edu.


Peter Quinn at Glucksman

September 13, 2010

This  week at Glucksman Ireland House NYU

Peter Quinn and The Man Who Never Returned

Thursday, September 16th at 7pm

at Glucksman Ireland House NYU

1 Washington Mews, between Washington Square North and 8th Street

The disappearance of Judge Joe Crater in 1930 spawned countless conspiracy theories and captured the imagination of a nation caught in the grip of The Great Depression.

In 1955 Fintan Dunne, the detective encountered in Hour of the Cat, recently retired and bored, answers a summons to New York where he is asked to solve the old case for a newspaper magnate. Weaving history and mystery Peter Quinn offers a rich, evocative tale of Tammany Hall politics, sex, crime, moguls and cops.

“Quinn knows New York and its politics better than anyone. The talk and the story are as sharp and hard-edged as the city they embody. This is noir fiction at its finest.” — William Kennedy

Peter Quinn’s past books include American Book Award-winning Banished Children of Eve (1994), Hour of the Cat (2005), and Looking for Jimmy: In Search of Irish America (2007). He is formerly chief speechwriter and corporate editorial director for Time Warner.

Made possible, in part, with support from the New York Council for the Humanities.

Free admission to Members of Glucksman Ireland House and to all students/faculty with a valid NYU I.D. card. For non-members: $10 donation at the door.

In order to ensure a seat at events, please RSVP to 212-998-3950 (option 3) or email ireland.house@nyu.edu.


September 2, 2010

A festival of Irish Theatre

Across New York City | 1stIrish.org

September 7 to October 4, 2010

Ardnaglass On The Air


Monday, September 13th, 2010 to Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Playing at: Manhattan Theatre Source

Acclaimed award-winning actress and writer Geraldine Hughes makes her directorial debut with this exciting new production of Jimmy Kerr’s brilliant comedy “Ardnaglass on the Air.”  When a barmaid and a pig farmer — the colorful two-some who run a local, … Continue reading →



Monday, September 27th, 2010 to Monday, September 27th, 2010

Playing at: The American Irish Historical Society

September 27 at 7pm. Staged reading A masterpiece of world literature, originally composed in Anglo-Saxon (Old English) between the middle of the seventh and the end of the tenth century A.D., the epic poem “Beowulf” concerns the deeds of the … Continue reading →

The Prophet of Monto

Prophet of Monto

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010 to Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Playing at: The Flea

Take a devastating ride through Dublin’s mean streets of love and lust with twin brothers, and meet the hard boiled Prophet that comes between them. A comic drama of dreams crashing to earth. Can twin save twin, and who exactly … Continue reading →

The Holy Ground


Monday, September 13th, 2010 to Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Playing at: Manhattan Theatre Source

Monica’s spirit has been crushed by decades of marriage to a man who, unable to cope with his inability to have children, grew increasingly cruel and distant. Now she clears out the past and finally begins to stand up for … Continue reading →

Irish Theatre Symposium


Saturday, September 25th, 2010 to Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Playing at: NYU Glucksman Ireland House

Join us for an unforgettable event with the most innovative artists working in contemporary Irish theatre, including actors, directors, playwrights and other luminaries.  Panelists include Tony Award-winning director Garry Hynes.  The symposium is being held in conjunction with 1st Irish … Continue reading →

This Is What We Sang


Sunday, September 19th, 2010 to Wednesday, September 29th, 2010

Playing at: Synagogue for the Arts

A story of love and atonement, “This Is What We Sang” is set on Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement: five family members from across the globe and across the centuries seek absolution for their past.  As they relate … Continue reading →