Jingle Bells & Jackhammers

Aidan Connolly and Pauline Turley offer a holiday update from the New Irish Arts Center construction site.

10th Annual PoetryFest: Nick Laird's Opening Remarks

From November 2-4, 2018, we celebrated a decade of “literary revelry” (The New Yorker) with the 10th anniversary of PoetryFest, which draws esteemed poets drawn from both sides of the Atlantic. Here are curator Nick Laird's remarks at the top of the opening night event, Favorite Poems, at which special guests and festival poets read the Irish verses they love most. Full lineup and selections at

10th Annual PoetryFest: Natalie Diaz and Annemarie Ní Churreáin

Natalie Diaz and Annemarie Ní Churreáin read at the 10th annual PoetryFest, November 2-4, 2018. PoetryFest 2018 lineup: Ciaran Carson, Natalie Diaz, Vona Groarke. Marie Howe, Nick Laird (curator), Ben Lerner, Maureen McLane, Annemarie Ní Churreáin, Michelle O'Sullivan, Katie Raissian (guest curator), Billy Ramsell, and Nicole Sealey.

Honorary Chair Gabriel Byrne Shares His Vision

Gabriel Byrne, honorary chair, shares his vision for the new home of Irish Arts Center. See more about the project:

The New Irish Arts Center: 2018 Groundbreaking

On October 11, 2018, Irish Arts Center broke ground on Phase One of our new facility, a state-of-the-art building at 726 11th Avenue scheduled to open in late 2020. Upon its completion, Phase Two—the renovation of our historic current home on 51st Street, to which the 11th Avenue site will be adjoined—will commence.

Bernie Leahy Artist Talk

On September 10, textile artist Bernie Leahy gave a talk to a full audience in our gallery, speaking to her exhibition, "Why Are We."

Féile na Gaeilge/Irish Language Day

Irish Language Day is an annual celebration of Irish language offering 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.

Ghost Trio performing "Cucunandy"

Ghost Trio (featuring Iarla O'lionaird, Ivan Goff, and Cleek Schrey) performing "Cucunandy" on March 13, 2015.

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