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.

Quinnipiac University Publishes New Book by the Roundtable’s John T. Ridge!

January 10, 2011

For more information, or to order John’s new book, click the link below:

Give the Gift of Roundtable Membership

December 17, 2010

Folks, if you need a last-minute holiday gift for someone, please consider giving him or her a one-year gift membership to the New York Irish History Roundtable.

Just go to and follow the instructions on that page. We will notify the recipient that you have given her or him this gift of Roundtable membership. Or, at your request, we can grant your gift anonymously.

Thank you very much,

Jim Garrity

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.