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Féile na Gaeilge / Irish Language Day: The Sea / An Fharraige

Enjoy a full day of activities for Irish language enthusiasts


$50 general / $40 members / $25 students

Sun, Apr 7, 2019



Box Office


Phone hours:
10am-6pm, Monday-Friday

In person:
Opens 60 minutes before the performance on show days


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


This full-day immersion for Irish speakers of all levels features music, film, writing, and storytelling workshops exploring Ireland’s relationship with the waters that surround it. Hear stories of sirens and selkies in the language in which they were originally told, sing sea shanties and ballads, watch a cooking demo of a classic Irish seafood dish, and take in an award-winning film, all while practicing your conversation skills with our diverse and welcoming Gaeilge community.

For all levels!

Admission to Féile na Gaeilge 2019 includes a ticket to the evening’s showing of the documentary The Camino Voyage: An Epic 2,500 km Modern Day Celtic Odyssey.


Welcome Songs 

Workshop Break-Out Session A (pick one of the 3 workshops outlined below)

Cooking Demo, Lunch and Conversation – 
Irish Fish Chowder and Brown Bread (*Vegetarian Option Available on request)

Workshop Break-Out Session B (pick one of the 3 workshops outlined below)

Closing Poems 

Film Screening: The Camino Voyage: An Epic 2,500 km Modern Day Celtic Odyssey
*Tea, coffee, and soda bread available to enjoy throughout the day in the gallery

Workshop 1:  Seanchas na farraige/ Sea Lore
Instructor: Caoimhe Nic Giollarnáith 
Levels: Intermediate to Advanced Recommended but Open to All 

This workshop will focus on representations of popular folktale motifs such as selkies, mermaids, and the vanishing island in Irish language poetry and cinema. We will examine folktales from the Kerry Gaeltacht and how they are reimagined in modern day literature and cinema.

Workshop 2: Amhráin na farraige/ Songs of the Sea
Instructor: Bláthnaid O'Donoghue 
Levels: Open to all

As an island, Ireland sits at a unique position on the western edges of Europe. Surrounded by the sea and living on spectacular coastlines, the Irish people have a strong historical reliance and connection to the ocean in everyday life as well as the imagination. This relationship is inherent in cultural expression such as the Irish songbook, which contains many references and stories about life and the sea. Join singer, Bláthnaid O’Donoghue, as she explores this relationship through Irish song. 

Workshop 3: Trasna na dTonnta - The Seas on the Small Screen  
The seas around Ireland touch us all and have shaped the story of the island of Ireland.  Siobhán Ní Chiobháin shares clips of how the narrative of the relationship between the sea and land has been reflected on television over the years.

Film Screening: The Camino Voyage: An Epic 2,500 km Modern Day Celtic Odyssey 

Inspired by the great sea voyages of early Irish history and mythology, an Irish writer, two musicians, an artist, and a stonemason set out on an audacious journey of their own—the 2,500 kilometers from Ireland to Northern Spain, in a traditional Irish boat they built themselves.
Featuring Danny Sheehy (Domhnall Mac Síthigh), Glen Hansard, Brendan Begley (Breanndán Ó Beaglaoich), Liam Holden, and Breandán Moriarty (Breanndán Pháid Ó Muircheartaigh).



Support for this program is also provided by Knights of St. Patrick and Society of Friendly Songs of St. Patrick, Westchester County.

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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