A New Film About the Irish in New York – Filmmakers Need your Help!

April 11, 2011

Is there anyone out there who can help these folks with archival footage or old photographs of Irish family life in New York?

The Broadcasting Commission of Ireland and TG4 are responsible for making and airing high-quality films and television programs, and we would like to see the filmmakers get some help from the Irish-American community here.

Ardnawark, Barnesmore, Co, Donegal, Ireland.

Archive Film Footage and Stills

The Irish New Yorkers, an important new documentary film will tell the story of the Irish in New York. A two hour film that will bring audiences to the very heart of the Irish and Irish American community in New York and explore what it means to be Irish and Irish American. It will be a unique story of a people who fought hard to create the most successful Irish society abroad and those today with its future in their hands.

We need your help to tell that story. We are in search of New York’s unseen film footage that will take a fresh look at the social and cultural history of the Irish in New York. We are asking people and communities to delve into both their own and their grandparent’s attics, to dust down their old cine cans, Hi8 reels and VHS’s. Perhaps you may discover, and indeed rescue, little gems that will give us a treasure chest of history, offering us a unique and very real glimpse into life in the 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s.

Also, any films or photographs you have of preparations for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. We are looking for footage from the 1930s-1970s that will show life in an Irish American neighbourhood, footage of New York city, pictures or films of Irish immigrant families and the lives they led in the NYPD, the FDNY, sporting lives in the GAA and the Church. It may be a picture or home movie of your grandmother, old friend, or relative, or neighbours but all of these sources will help us to weave together the rich tapestry that is the history of the Irish in New York.

If you have any home movies or photos you would like to share with us please email:


Ciara Baker, BA (History)

Archive Researcher

Real Films

Award winning Irish documentary filmmakers Garry Keane and Aideen Kane have been awarded funding by the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland and TG4 to make The Irish New Yorkers. Twenty year veterans of documentary filmmaking their most recent film The Writing in The Sky was critically acclaimed and will soon be seen at film festivals worldwide.



April 8, 2011

Saturday, April 16th at Glucksman Ireland House

NYU’s Silver Building, Silverstein Lounge
100 Washington Square East

A black and white photograph of a large Irish family.


The theme of this year’s Glucksman Ireland House NYU University Day is “Who Do We Think We Are? The Irish Family”.

Colm Tóibín opens the program with a reading from his recent collection of short stories The Empty Family and discusses the dynamics of the Irish family in modern literature. President of the Betty Ford Institute Dr. Garrett O’Connor delivers the keynote lecture, “Resilience, Shame, Alcohol and Survival: The Tragic and Triumphant Alchemy of Irish Cultural History,” exploring the complex elements of the Irish historical experience and how that experience illuminates the Irish relationship to alcohol.

NYU Irish and Irish-American Studies faculty members Professor Linda Dowling Almeida, Professor Marion Casey and Professor Miriam Nyhan speaks on the Glucksman Ireland House NYU Oral History of Irish America project and what is revealed about the family.

Pete Hamill and Peter Quinn discuss immigrant parents and their American children; and Patricia Harty, editor of Irish America magazine talks to actress Fionnula Flanagan (The Others, The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Some Mother’s Son) about Ireland and Irish America.


Day Pass: $60 | Member’s Day Pass: $50
Includes all talks 9am–5pm. Does not include VIP reception.

Premium Pass: $100 | Member’s Premium Pass: $75
Includes all talks and the VIP reception.

Members of Glucksman Ireland House: to receive member pricing, please contact us for the discount code via ireland.house@nyu.edu or (212) 998-3950.
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Purchase tickets at SmartTix.com or call them at (212) 868-4444.

Program – Saturday, April 16th

Registration and check-in

at the Silverstein Lounge in NYU’s Silver Building
100 Washington Square E, New York, NY 10003 | See Map >>
Coffee and tea provided

Welcoming remarks
Judith McGuire, President, Glucksman Ireland House Advisory Board
Session 1: The Empty Family

Colm Tóibín reads from his 2010 short story collection The Empty Family and discusses the family in contemporary Irish literature.
Introduction: Prof. John Waters, Director of Studies, Glucksman Ireland House

10:30am Coffee and tea break
Session 2: Keynote Address: “Resilience, Shame, Alcohol and Survival: The Tragic and Triumphant Alchemy of Irish Cultural History.”

Dr Garrett O’Connor, President, Betty Ford Research Institute
Introduction: Judith Magurie, President, Glucksman Ireland House Advisory Board

12:00pm Lunch Local recommendations & special deals will be provided to participants.
Session 3: The Irish Family

Professors Marion Casey, Linda Dowling Almeida, and Miriam Nyhan speak on what the Glucksman Ireland House Oral History of Irish America project reveals about the family.
Introduction: Eileen Dowling, Glucksman Ireland House Advisory Board

2:30pm Coffee and tea break
Session 4: Struggles and Opportunities: Immigrant Parents and American Children

Pete Hamill and Peter Quinn in conversation about the Irish American family.
Introduction: Eileen Reilly, Associate Director, Glucksman Ireland House

Session 5: Meditating on Ireland and Irish America

Patricia Harty, Editor, Irish America magazine, and member of the Glucksman Ireland House Board in conversation with actress Fionnula Flanagan

Closing Remarks

Jackie O’Halloran Bernstein, Deputy Consul General of Ireland, New York

Reception at Glucksman Ireland House NYU

1 Washington Mews, New York, NY 10003 | See Map >>
for premium ticket holders only.
Meet the day’s presenters and the faculty of NYU Irish and Irish-American Studies

All events are supported by members of Glucksman Ireland House. Become a member.