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Cork Literary Review Launch

IAC Film Series: Build Something Modern


We're hosting a special reception on November 17 at 7:30pm to launch Cork Literary Review: No. XIV, featuring Joseph Woods (an IAC PoetryFest 2009 poet), Eugene O'Connell and Brian Turner. Highlights include interviews with the Irish Ambassador, James J. Sharkey, a childhood friend of Seamus Heaney; and Liadain O'Donovan, the daughter of Frank O'Connor. The Review features an American section, edited and introduced by the poet Brian Turner, showcasing poetry from diverse writers across the U.S.


A poem to whet your appetite!  


Ceilidh House

for Philip King 


 by Gerard Smyth


After a few false starts, the harmonica player

picks up a bluesy melody or slow air,

a cracked tune or one that was lost

and found, borrowed and returned

but never a burden to the one who carries it.

Maybe 'Bless the Weather' or 'Sweet Little Mystery', 

or something more traditional

from a place that never runs out of rhythms

in the hills of Clare or Mississippi.

After the first few faltering drones

the artisan of the consummate solo works the keys

of the melodeon until there's an upswing

in the tempo of the window-rattling jig

that a lord of the dance could catch with his heels.


Build Something Modern, directed by Nicky Gogan and Paul Rowley, will be screened on November 15 at 7pm. The film is beautifully made and tells the story of a hidden canon of Irish architecture; groundbreaking young architects who pushed the boundaries. From the 1950s to the 1970s, adventurous architects, eager to be among the first Irish modernists, travelled to Africa for excitement and creative freedom. They designed hospitals, schools and churches and were commissioned by Catholic missionaries. See the trailer below!       

Build Something Modern Trailer 

 Scroll down for more details about these events, The Arrogant Years, Sundays at Seven, and some great IAC Recommendations around NYC! 




Cork Literary Review

Bradshaw Books Publishing launches

Cork Literary Review

edited by Eugene O'Connell


Thursday, November 17 | 7:30 pm


Cork Literary Review celebrates 25 years of Bradshaw Books Publishing in Ireland with the New York launch of Volume XIV of its seminal Irish anthology, edited by Eugene O'Connell. Highlights from the new, deluxe 400-page hardback edition include the inaugural American section, edited and introduced by award-winning American poet Brian Turner, a conversation between Eil�an N� Chuillean�in and James Harpur, and poetry from the best of Irishcontemporary writers, including Joseph Woods, Liam � Muirthille, Gabriel Fitzmaurice and Helen Kidd. Join us for an evening of readings and a reception with O'Connell, Turner and Woods.


Since it first appeared in 1994, the Cork Literary Review (Bradshaw Books) has evolved from a slim anthology of winning competition entries, into a widely respected, high-end literary journal through featured contributions from a host of noted Irish poets and writers, among them Seamus Heaney, Paul Durcan, Frank McGuinness, Jean O'Brien, Brian Turner, Medbh McGuckian, Eugene O'Connell, Mary Rose Callan and Roderick Ford. 

Admission: FREE

Reserve through irishartscenter.org or 866.811.4111 

This program is supported, in part, by Imagine Ireland, Culture Ireland's year of Irish arts in America in 2011.

The Arrogant Years: 

One Girl's Search for Her Lost Youth, 
from Cairo to Brooklyn 
(Ecco/HarperCollins, 2011)

Wednesday, November 30 | 7 pm

Museum of Jewish Heritage

Edmond J. Safra Plaza

36 Battery Place

New York, NY    


Author Lucette Lagnado in conversation with Malachy McCourt (A Monk Swimming)


Bestselling memoirists Lagnado and McCourt have a lively conversation about their immigrant stories and discuss Lagnado's poignant, new book, a follow-up to her award-winning The Man in the White Sharkskin Suit.


Co-sponsored by the Irish Arts Center


Admission: $10, $5 IAC and Museum members

mjhnyc.org or 646.437.4202
Use Discount Code IAC1130  




Build Something Modern
Build Something Modern

Tuesday, November 15 | 7 pm 

2011, 70 minutes

Directed by Nicky Gogan and Paul Rowley


Build Something Modern is a moving documentary that tells the little known story of ground-breaking and idealistic young Irish architects, including Se�n Rothery, Richard Hurley and Gerald Fay, who travelled to Africa from the 1950s to the 1970s in search of both challenge and creative freedom. 

As champions of modernism, the young architects, aided by the efforts of colleagues from home, produced a large canon of remarkable architecture including churches, hospitals and schools deep in the heart of Africa.

Admission: $10 general / $8 member

irishartscenter.org or 866.811.4111


FREE for Sponsor ($125) members and higher. 

Reserve through irishartscenter.org or 866.811.4111.



Sundays at Seven   

Comedy at Night! 


November 13, December 11 | 7 pm 


Producers Ann Design and Fiona Walsh continue to assemble the best and brightest of New York City's rising stars of comedy. Join us on the second Sunday of every month with featured performers from Comedy Central,  

Gotham's Comedy Club, Letterman, Conan O'Brien and more. 


Admission: $10 general / $8 member

irishartscenter.org or 866.811.4111


FREE for Sponsor ($125) members and higher. 

Reserve through  irishartscenter.org or 866.811.4111.  

IAC Recommends

New York University's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts   


The Rehearsal, Playing the Dane


November 10 -12 | 8 pm

Monday, November 13, 2011 | 3 pm    


NYU Skirball Center

566 LaGuardia Place (at Washington Square South)

New York, NY 10012


In Pan Pan's purgatorial presentation of Shakespeare's classic tragedy, you as the audience are faced with a choice: who is to be, or not to be, Hamlet?


Actors compete to play the title role, but as we enter the graveyard world of this icon of individualism, can anyone escape playing the Dane? Highly innovative and visually breathtaking, this is an audacious and irreverent riff on Hamlet that plays fast and loose with our familiarity and expectations. The onstage Director rations out Shakespeare's text in a series of theatrical devices and conceits that focuses the large cast, and the audience, on the existential plight of its characters. The Rehearsal, Playing the Dane was winner of the 2010 Irish Times Theatre Awards for Best Production and Best Design.

Admission: $20 - $40 with IAC Member discount. Use Discount Code IACPD  

nyuskirball.org or 212-352-3101



EVERY LITTLE STEP... the Rhythm of Hope  

Dance Theatre of Ireland (IRL) & Soul Steps (USA)


November 17- 20

Thu-Sat at 7:30pm | Sun at 2pm  

Joyce SoHo, NYC   155 Mercer Street
New York, NY   

Dance Theatre of Ireland (DTI) are pleased to premiere Every Little Step... the Rhythm of Hope, a collaboration with Soul Steps Company (NYC), combining African-American Stepping, Irish and modern dance, urban rhythms, and storytelling. Featuring dancers from both companies, Every Little Step... draws on sheer human energy and exhilarating body percussion while touching on the ways people sustain themselves in good times and bad - the results of which are primal, personal, and highly energized.


Every Little Step... Second Steps
Every Little Step... Second Steps

Admission: $20; $15 stu/sr; $15 DancePass  

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Irish Arts Center programs are supported in part, by Imagine Ireland, Culture Ireland's year of Irish arts in America in 2011; the New York State Council on the Arts, a public agency; and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.