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Larry Kirwan in Concert
Saturday, September 12
7 – 8:30 p.m.
Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum, Upper Gallery
Tickets: $30

Rock & Read is a new form of entertainment that combines both music and literature, spiced with history, politics and autobiography. Armed with just an acoustic guitar and his published books, Larry Kirwan takes audiences on a righteous and riotous trip across two continents from a small town in Ireland to the beating heart of New York City.

Rock & Read is based on Kirwan’s memoir, Green Suede Shoes, two novels, Liverpool Fantasy and Rockin’ The Bronx, and combines readings and stories interspersed with relevant songs from Black 47’s thirteen CDs.  Rock & Read deals with memories of an Irish boyhood in Wexford where Kirwan was raised by a very politicized grandfather who had rubbed shoulders with many of the luminaries involved in Ireland’s War of Independence. From Wexford, the story moves to Dublin and eventual emigration to New York City where he worked and became friends with Frank McCourt, Joey Ramone, Pete Hamill, Joe Strummer, Philip Glass, Rik Ocasek, Lester Bangs and Cyndi Lauper among others, some of whom play roles in the tale that unfolds onstage.

In 1989 Kirwan formed Black 47 the Irish political rock band. They have performed over 2500 gigs, and appeared on Leno, Letterman and O’Brien. Kirwan’s songs have been featured in many movies and TV shows and are used in hundreds of college and high school history and political science classes. In 2011 he debuted a new show Yeats, Joyce and Black 47, at The Hawk’s Well Theatre in Sligo for the annual Yeats Summer School. He provided all vocal backing for the performance of Carrickfergus on Martin Scorcese’s Boardwalk Empire “Nights in Ballygrant” episode.

An accomplished playwright and composer Kirwan has written 13 plays and musicals including the hit Hard Times about which the New York Times raved, “Kirwan has not only delivered a knockout entertainment, he’s done a public service, reacquainting us with the Foster songbook and the striving, teeming America for which it was written.”  Kirwan hosts and produces SiriusXM’s Celtic Crush and writes a weekly column for the Irish Echo. The Daily News named him one of the Top Fifty most interesting New Yorkers.

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Famine Folios Second Series
Wednesday, October 14
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. – Program
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Reception
Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum

Join us as we celebrate the launch of the second series of Famine Folios, a unique resource for students, scholars and researchers, as well as general readers, covering many aspects of the Famine in Ireland. The essays are interdisciplinary in nature, and make available new research in Famine studies by internationally established scholars in history, art history, cultural theory, media history, political economy, literature and music.
The following four folios will be released and available to purchase:

L.Perry Curtis Jr., Notice to Quit: The Great Irish Famine Evictions

Michael Foley, Death in Every Paragraph: Journalism & the Great Irish Famine

Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh, “I mBéal an Bháis”: The Great Famine and the Language Shift in nineteenth-century Ireland

Robert Smart, Black Roads: The Famine in Irish Literature

Authors Curtis, Foley, and Smart will all present on their essays. Series editors Grace Brady, executive director, and Niamh O’Sullivan, curator of Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum will also speak briefly about the Famine Folios series. A reception will follow the program.

Space is limited, and registration is required.


Artist Talk: Margaret Lyster Chamberlain
Sunday, October 18
12:00 – 1 p.m.
Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum, Lower Gallery

Artist Margaret Lyster Chamberlain will discuss her work “The Leave-Taking” which was commissioned by Quinnipiac University for Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum. Chamberlain explores psychological and spiritual issues, such as loss and compassion, in her art. “The Leave-Taking” is rich in narrative detail. Chamberlain says that her work is about things “that lie beneath the form – life, love, youth, old age, death, rebirth, sorrow, prayer, joy, moment of despair, and moment of enlightenment.”

Space is limited, and registration is required.


The Irish Bridget:  Irish Immigrant Women in Domestic Service in America
A lecture by Margaret Lynch-Brennan
Thursday, November 12
5:30 – 7 p.m.
Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum, Lower Gallery

Irish immigration to the U.S. was unusual in that so many Irish women came here. Many of these Irish women worked as cooks, nannies, and domestic servants when they came to the U.S. Margaret Lynch-Brennan, Ph.D., will tell their story in a presentation based on her book, The Irish Bridget: Irish Immigrant Women in Domestic Service in America, 1840-1930. Her talk will provide a fresh glimpse into the working and social worlds that Irish domestic servants constructed and inhabited in the United States.

Dr. Lynch-Brennan is an independent scholar and author. She began her career as a classroom teacher and as an administrator with the New York State Education Department, working on issues related to civil rights, school improvement, and professional development for teachers. She earned a Ph.D. in American history from the University at Albany, State University of New York.

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