• Cultural Events and Activities

  • The following list of events and activities are not sponsored or run by IHSM, unless otherwise indicated.

  • Thursday, October 19, 7:456 pm P.V. O’Donnell Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann traditional Irish music session

  • St. Gabriel’s Parish Hall, 26 Broadway, Milford, CT

    Loretta Egan Murphy will join the session. Loretta plays the concertina and button accordion, has won numerous awards nationally, and has taught Irish music to hundreds of students in New York and Connecticut. Her CD, “Beyond the Watery Lane,” received critical acclaim both in the U.S. and in Ireland. When she was younger, she and her sister, Monica, played the once bustling Catskills circuit with Irish music every night of the week during the summer at McKenna’s Irish House. Loretta is also one of the key members of the Shamrock Traditional Irish Music Society in Fairfield. Admission is free. Musicians, dancers, singers and guests are welcomed. BYOB.

  • Friday Oct 20th, 7:30 Don Stiffe in concert

  • Gaelic American Club, 74 Beach Road, in Fairfield CT

    The GAC is thrilled to present Don Stiffe, critically acclaimed as one of the greatest singer/songwriters to have emerged on the Irish Folk Scene in recent years. “Don Stiffe, has a voice of rare expression and distinctive timbre that deserves to be heard far and wide.” So don’t miss the opportunity to experience this captivating performance! $20 per person at the door | children free – non-members welcome

  • Thursday, November 2, 7 p.m. Musical Performance by Declan O’Rourke

  • Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum, Upper Gallery
    3011 Whitney Avenue Hamden, CT 06518

    Declan O’Rourke released his debut album, “Since Kyabram,” in 2004. The record debuted at No. 5 on the Irish album charts and achieved double-platinum status. His debut single, “Galileo (Someone Like You),” has been covered by numerous artists including Josh Groban. O’Rourke tours internationally and has shared the stage with the likes of Alison Krauss, Paddy Casey, Paul Weller, Gemma Hayes, Damien Rice, Snow Patrol, The Cardigans, Badly Drawn Boy and Bono.

    Over the past 10 years, O’Rourke has been on a personal mission writing songs about the Irish Famine. He discovered that his grandfather was born in a workhouse in Kinvara, County Galway. O’Rourke began reading about workhouses and quickly realized he had a story to tell. This fall, he will release his long anticipated Famine album, titled “’45-’51: Chronicles of the Great Irish Famine.” Tickets for this event are $30 and should be purchased in advance. 203-582-6500

  • Friday, Dec. 15th, 8:00 pm Irish Arts Center Winter Solstice Celebration

  • Peter Jay Sharp Theatre, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street, New York, NY

    New Yorkers of all backgrounds will love this heartwarming celebration of well-woven musical traditions from Ireland and around the world. As with your favorite holiday party, a parade of special guests old and new join host Mick Moloney, Athena Tergis, and The Green Fields of America for a raft of songs and stories to kick off the holiday season in this critically-acclaimed welcome to winter.

    Box Office Hours: Tues – Sun 1pm – 6pm Tel: (212) 864-5400

    Regular: $65/$50/$40;
    IAC & SS Members: $65/$40/$32;
    Seniors, Students: $65/$50/$25
    Each ticket subject to a $5 service fee.

  • Sunday, February 4, 2018, 2 – 3pm , World War I and Irish Independence Lecture

  • Presented by Dr. John Day Tully who holds degrees from Boston University, Central Connecticut State University and Ohio State University. Dr. Tully’s presentation will center on the impact of World War I on Irish opinion and how it accelerated nationalists’ timetable in the struggle for independence from the United Kingdom. At a time when many Irishmen volunteered with the British Army, others organized the 1916 Irish Rebellion (Easter Rising). Dr. Tully will explore the various Irish responses to the war as well as Irish American efforts to support Irish independence during the conflict.
    The lecture will be held at the Knights of Columbus Museum, One State Street, New Haven, CT 06511

  • Local Irish Radio Programs

    Sounds of Ireland ~ Sunday 9:00 -11:00 am – Hosted by Sean Canning
    AM 1220 WQUN or WQUN Radio Online From Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT

    Echoes of Erin ~ Sunday 12 noon-2:00 pm Hosted by Pat and Joan Kennedy, Pat Hosey and Siobhan Dacey,Mike McGrath, and Chuck Vigue
    FM 88.7 WNHU or WNHU Radio Online From the Univ. of New Haven, West Haven, CT

    Music of Ireland ~Thursday 7-9:00 pm Hosted by Tom Faherty with Kenny live from Ireland
    FM 88.7 WNHU or WNHU Radio Online From the Univ. of New Haven, West Haven, CT