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Féile na Gaeilge / Irish Language Day: Poetry and Song

Enjoy a full day of activities for Irish language enthusiasts


$35 General $28 member 5 Hours

Sun, Apr 8, 2018



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Irish Arts Center
553 West 51st Street
New York, NY 10019


Enjoy a full day of activities for language enthusiasts of all levels, including immersive workshops in music, film, writing, drama, and storytelling led by our Irish language teachers and special guests. The day will center on this year’s theme, Poetry and Song, featuring bilingual performances, sean-nós songs, and a screening of the film Song of GraniteIreland’s 2017 submission for the Academy Awards in the Foreign Language category.

For all levels!

Group rates are available for groups of three or more. Please email for more information.


Musician Liam Ó Maonlaí will now perform alongside poet Ciara Ní É and musician Peadar Ó hÍcí.

In a career spanning more than twenty years, he has earned number-one hits across the globe, and has recorded with Carlos Nunes, Donal Lunny, U2 and Van Morrison, to name a few. A master pianist, Ó Maonlaí performs on guitar, harp, tin whistle, bodhrán and is one of Ireland’s most renowned sean-nós singers.

You may remember Liam from performing in our Masters in Collaboration series, first in our Fall 2016 season with Cassandra Wilson, and then again in a second Masters in Collaboration with Cassandra last year when the duo went on a multi-city tour.


Welcome with Poet Ciara Ní É and musicians Peadar Ó hÍcí and Liam Ó Maonlaí

Workshop Break-Out Session A (pick one of the 5 workshops outlined below)

Performance of Irish song by special guest Liam Ó Maonlaí

Workshop Break-Out Session B (pick one of the 5 workshops outlined below)

Film Screening: Song of Granite

*Tea, coffee, and soda bread available to enjoy throughout the day in the gallery

Workshop 1: Spoken Word in Gaeilge 

Instructor: Ciara Ní É
Levels: Open to all 
Poet Ciara Ní É will give an introduction to spoken word poetry in the Irish language, and how she came to found REIC, a bilingual spoken word event. This interactive workshop will also invite participants to work on and share their own poems.

Workshop 2: Singing in Gaeilge 
Instructor: Peadar Ó hÍcí
Levels: Open to all 
Peadar Ó hÍcí will give a workshop on singing selected songs in the Irish language. Peadar is a former school teacher from Dublin city and is currently performing full time with the New York-based Basket House Band. As a fluent Irish speaker, Peadar founded an Irish language class at Rocky Sullivan’s in 2010 which has become a great success. 

Workshop 3: A History of Irish Song Through Media
Instructor: Siobhan Kavanagh
Levels: Open to all 
Learn about the history of the Irish song’s evolution through a curated screening and discussion of popular Irish language music videos throughout the ages with instructor Siobhan Kavanagh.

Workshop 4: Drámaíocht na Gaeilge/Irish-Language Drama and Fun With Proverbs
Instructor: Frances Mulraney 
Level: Open to all 
Craft a 3-minute scene based on an Irish proverb to present to the rest of the Irish language Day attendees. The first session will involve the introduction of the proverb and development of dialogue around it, and the second session will see the same group return to present a scene at the end of the day. 

Workshop 5: Story in a Hat: Creative Writing in Gaeilge
Instructor: Paul Ferris
Level: Intermediate to advanced
Try your hand at writing in Gaeilge with instructor Paul Ferris! In this vocabulary and confidence building exercise, participants will pick one of dozens of story ideas from a hat and write a short fiction or non-fiction story based on that idea. 

Film Screening: Song of Granite
Enigmatic and complex, Joe Heaney was one of the greats of traditional Irish singing (sean nós). Shaped by the myths, fables, and songs of his upbringing in the west of Ireland, his emergence as a gifted artist came at a personal cost. Featuring performances from Colm Seoighe, Macdara Ó Fátharta, Jaren Cerf, Lisa O'Neill, Damien Dempsey, and sean nós singers Mícheál Ó Chonfhaola and Pól Ó Ceannabháin, and beautiful black and white cinematography, Song of Granite is a distinct portrait of Heaney’s life and a marvelous exploration of music and song.



Funding for Irish Language Day also provided by the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick. 

Our Supporters

Irish Arts Center programs are supported, in part, by government, foundation, and corporate partners including Culture Ireland, the agency for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide; public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office and the New York City Council; the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature; Howard Gilman Foundation; Jerome L. Greene Foundation; the Charina Endowment Fund; the Ireland Funds; the Shubert Foundation, Inc.; the Irish Institute of New York; the Society of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick, New York; the Charles Lawrence Keith & Clara Miller Foundation; Northern Ireland Bureau; the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Consulate of Ireland in New York; British Council; Morgan Stanley; Tourism Ireland; and thousands of generous donors like you.


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