The American Irish Teachers Association (AITA) of New York will host its 35th NYC conference, whereat presenters are invited to shed light and knowledge on aspects of Irish history, literature, music, art and culture for an audience of educators, and those outside the profession, with interest in the chosen topics. 

 Saturday, November 13, 2010


6 East 87th Street,

 New York, NY


9:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Registration

Coffee/tea /soda bread

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Welcoming Remarks –Doris M. Meyer

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

 Galway Bay

One family’s epic journey in the years of blight

Mary Pat Kelly

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch

1:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Raffle

1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Review of Irish Themed Books

Judy McGowan

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Action Center to End World Hunger

Sarah Bever

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Coming to America: Ireland’s Songs of


Gabriel Donohue

4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Social Hour

Browse and shop all day at our vendors

Purchase books, CDs and various gift items



Mary Pat Kelly is a distinguished author and filmmaker. Her award winning PBS documentary and accompanying book, To Live for Ireland, a portrait of Nobel Peace Prize winner John Hume and her portrayals of the US military in Northern Ireland during World War II established her solid reputation. She has worked as a screen-writer, and associate producer with Good Morning America and Saturday Night Live. She received a PhD from the City University and is the author of Galway Bay.

Sarah Bever is the Education Director of Mercy Corps’ ACTION CENTER TO END WORLD HUNGER, an innovative, museum –quality resource in the fight against global hunger and poverty. Designed by Ed Schlossberg and located adjacent to the Irish Famine Memorial in Battery Park City, the Center focuses on hunger in examining the challenges of poverty, health, economics and environmental issues. Ms. Bever will use a power point presentation to discuss the Center’s global education program. The AITA, as the originator of the Great Irish Famine Curriculum provides a uniquely sensitive platform for this topic.

Gabriel Donohue, a Galway native and renowned instrumentalist, song writer and performing artist, has toured with luminaries such as Joanie Madden and Cherish the Ladies, The Chieftains and the late Liam Clancy. His performance at the Clinton White House waspraised as ‘riveting”. Mr. Donohue was the artist-in-residence at PS 158M where his collaboration with AITA President, Doris Meyer, produced “An Gorta Mor”. Their students had the rare honor of performing this piece for Irish President, Mary McAleese to great acclaim.


Reservation Form

Name: _____________________________

  1. Conference

_____Tickets at $40 each prepaid, $45 at door;

Includes – breakfast: coffee/tea, soda bread.

Lunch Buffet provided by the Liederkranz gourmet caterer

_____Tickets at $40 each

TOTAL _________

 Please make your check payable to:


Mail to:

Deborah Shea

1255 C. North Avenue, #6U

New Rochelle, NY 10804


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