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 or (212) 998-3950.
Become a member today.

Purchase tickets at 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.


Irish Family History Symposium, April 16

March 31, 2011

Drew University’s Caspersen school of Graduate Studies, The Irish in New Jersey, and The Genealogical Society of New Jersey invite you to:
Emigrants and Exiles: An Irish Family History Symposium
Mead Hall
Drew University
Madison, NJ 07940 


Saturday, 16 April 2011  Lectures 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Light breakfast and Registration from 8:30 am

Lectures followed by a reception sponsored by the Genealogical Society of New Jersey ‘The Famine is only part of the Story. Why our ancestors emigrated’ 

Professor Christine Kinealy, Drew University, has written and lectured extensively on the Irish Famine. She is the author of Tracing Your Irish Roots and A Death Dealing Famine. The Great Hunger in Ireland.

‘Right Annie. Wrong Annie.’

Megan Smolenyak Smolenyak is a popular writer, speaker and TV guest. Megan Smolenyak² does all she can to get the g-word out there and inspire others in their quest for roots. In addition to consulting on shows ranging from Who Do You Think You Are? To Top Chef, Megan is the author of five books.

‘Immigrant Imprints: American and Irish records that tell the story’

Dr. Anne Rodda, Certified Genealogist. Dr. Rodda earned the Doctor of Letters degree from Drew University, concentration in Irish Studies. She has been specializing in Irish genealogy for twenty years, doing research in the New York/New Jersey area and in Ireland.

“Looking For Katie: The McCormack Family in America’

Dr. Thomas Callahan, Professor at Rider University, earned a PhD. in History from the University of Connecticut. He is currently completing a study on “Ireland or America: A Family’s Choices” – A study of the McCormack Family of County Roscommon in the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries.

‘Family History From A Religious Perspective’

Alan Delozier is the Director of Special Collections and University Archivist, Seton Hall University. He earned Master’s Degrees from Villanova University and Rutgers University. He is working on his dissertation in pursuit of a Doctor of Letters degree from Drew with a concentration in Irish Studies. His book The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark will be published in Fall 2011.

‘Imagining the Past: Using Historical Resources to Find Stories from the Past’

Julie Wilson Sakellariadis is a graduate of Harvard College and Columbia Business School, currently Vice Chair of the Board of Managers of the New York Botanical Garden. She has done extensive research on her Anglo-Irish ancestors from Counties Tipperary and Wexford and their emigration to America.

‘Offbeat Records in Irish-American Research’

Claire Keenan Agthe is a professional genealogist, specializing in Irish, Philadelphia, New York and Trenton research. She is a member of many Irish, English, and US genealogical societies, is a Vice President of GSNJ, and is the author of the NGS guide, Research in the States: New Jersey.

‘Family History Search Catches a Tammany Tiger’

Judith E. Campbell received her Masters from Drew and is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Letters program. After more than 30 years in the financial services industry, Ms.Campbell began her educational journey in 2008, specializing in Irish and Irish American History. Her concentrations thus far have centered on the Irish in New York City and the impact of Irish America on the establishment of  an independent Ireland.

DEADLINE: 1 April 2011





Registration Fee: $45.00

Registration includes a light breakfast, lunch, and post-conference reception.

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Register by April 1 to ensure seating and meals. (Late registrations welcome but printed syllabus and lunch cannot be assured.)

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Emigrants and Exiles
c/o Nicole Anderson
37 Belton St
Stanhope, NJ 07874

Send one form for each person. Copies are acceptable.
Questions? Contact Nicole Anderson at: <> or call Joan Lowry at 201-306-0598


Irish-Language Mass at the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral

February 25, 2011


An historic drawing of Old St. Patrick's Cathedral.

presented by:
the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral,
in association with
the New York Irish History Roundtable,
Sir Patrick Charities, and Glucksman Ireland House – NYU

On Saturday, March 12, 2011, at noon, on Mott Street between Prince and Houston streets, for the fourth consecutive year, the New York Irish History Roundtable, Sir Patrick Charities, Glucksman Ireland House-NYU, and the Basilica of Saint Patrick’s Old Cathedral will celebrate an Irish-language Mass.

The Mass will be concelebrated by Fr. Aidan O’Driscoll of County Cork. There will be Irish liturgical music by Cantor Paddy Connolly with accompaniment by Jared Lamenzo on the Cathedral’s historic 1868 Erben organ. There will be readings in Irish by New York University’s Pádraig Ó Cearúill and Clare Curtin, longtime member and former trustee of the New York Irish History Roundtable.

Following the Mass, the Washington Square Harp & Shamrock Orchestra will entertain the crowd with live ceili music. We will have the Ridgewood (New Jersey) Irish Dance Troupe with us again this year. And, last but not least – with thanks to Patrick Allen, KHS – Da Nico Ristorante of Little Italy provided a buffet at last year’s celebration and we hope to have them with us again this year. 

So, we will enjoy the Mass, followed by ceili (great music), craic (great conversation), dancing, Irish soda bread, food, and beverages. Come and join us to celebrate the Feast of Saint Patrick!

There is absolutely no charge to attend. Free-will contributions will be gratefully accepted.


January 28, 2011

The GAELTACHT WEEKEND is scheduled for Friday, February 18 through Sunday, February 20th at the Marist Brothers Retreat Center,  Esopus, NY.


For details,  go to www.


Tenement Museum Talk about Governor Hugh Carey

January 25, 2011

January. 31 at 6:30 PM

The Man Who Saved New York: Hugh Carey and the Great Fiscal Crisis of 1975 with Robert Polner and Seymour P. Lachman

Are there similarities between the times Carey faced and today? Is that why Cuomo sent this book to union leaders and to his staff? Tonight’s conversation with Tom Robbins and Kevin Baker unravels the issues behind these questions.

Tenement Talks are free and held at the Museum Shop at
108 Orchard unless otherwise noted. RSVP to

RSVPs are appreciated to help us gauge attendance and besaccommodate our guests, but they do not guarantee seating. Purchase a copy of the night’s book at 212.431.0233 ext 259
and we’ll reserve a seat for you.

Don’t forget! Open House January 22

January 12, 2011

Just a reminder…see the listing below about the Irish Counties Exhibit at the Irish Consulate.

It’s Saturday,  January 22nd 11 am to 4pm

See it before it closes.

County Societies in Irish America: The Fifth Province

November 19, 2010

The Fifth Province:
County Societies in Irish America

November 15, 2010 through January 25, 2011

at Consulate General of Ireland, New York City

The impulse to recreate a sense of home through social, cultural and sporting events can be documented wherever the Irish have settled in the world.  New York City can claim the largest cluster of Irish county societies, with the greatest longevity.

These dynamic societies have provided benevolent, protective, and fraternal sustenance for Irish immigrants since the late 1840s, especially after the founding of their umbrella body, the United Irish Counties Association, in 1904.  A strong county connection also nurtured and helped preserve Irish identity for the next generation.

At one time or another people from every one of Ireland’s thirty-two counties have come together in this way, encouraging strong relationships built around common roots.

Join us in celebrating the lifetime commitment many Irish men and women made to their heritage through membership in county societies. For them, America is Ireland’s Fifth Province.

November 15, 2010 – January 25, 2011
Consulate General of Ireland, New York
345 Park Avenue, 17th floor
between 51st and 52nd Street
New York, NY 10154

For an appointment
Tel: (212) 319-2554
Hours: Monday – Friday 12-2pm
Identification required to enter the building


Saturday, January 22, 2011, 11am–4pm
Come record your Irish county society stories or donate materials to the Archives of Irish America!

An exhibition by New York University’s Glucksman Ireland House & Archives of Irish America, created in partnership with the United Irish Counties Association of New York with funding from the Government of Ireland’s Emigrant Support Programme.