• Cultural Events and Activities

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

  • Saturday, February 24, 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

  • Thursday, March 1 at 7:30 PM ~ Concert with Brenda Castles and Liz Hanley in the Irish Tradition

  • P.V. O’Donnell Branch CCE
    26 Broadway, Milford, Connecticut 06460

    Doors open 7 pm, concert starts 7:30. Admission: $15. For more information: 203-876-9973

    Brenda Castles comes from a rich tradition of music in Co. Meath, having learned concertina from Rena Traynor (née Crotty) and concertina maestro, Mícheál Ó’Raghallaigh. She has several All Ireland Fleadh titles to her name both in solo and group competitions. Music has brought her around the world to far flung destinations including Hong Kong, Mongolia and Iceland. Brenda is currently based in Dublin city centre, where she regularly performs and teaches music. She released her debut solo album, ‘Indeedin You Needn’t Bother’ in December of 2016.

    Liz was raised in an Irish family in Boston and learned her traditional Irish and American folk repertoire from her father and grandfather. She studied classical violin at NYU and currently lives in Brooklyn. Continuous activities in the traditional music scenes of the US, Ireland and the UK, her distinctive voice and her affinity for various other music genres are resonating attributes of Hanley’s interpretations.

  • Thursday, March 8th: The High Kings

  • The High Kings, Irish Ballad singers at The Kate in Old Saybrook
    Tickets here

  • Wednesday, March 14 at 7 PM – 8 PM ~ Ireland in Dramatic Tone

  • Milford Public Library
    57 New Haven Ave, Milford, Connecticut 06460
    Hosted by Milford Photo

    Rare is the occasion when a camera matches it’s subject matter as well as Jesse Thompson’s Olympus OM-D did during a trip to Ireland. He spent 3 days shooting one quintessentially Gaelic scene after another. The Olympus Dramatic Tone effect was perfect for accentuating the beauty and bluster of the Irish coast during the month of March. Jess will review his images and discuss his experience with the gear. He will share scenic techniques he re-learned while on holiday.

    This event is FREE to the public.

    Details and Online RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/milfordphotography/events/246910452/

  • Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 7:00 pm -The Claddagh Dancers

  • Edgerton Center for the Performing Arts at Sacred Heart University
    5151 Park Avenue, Fairfield, CT
    Box Office – (203) 371-7908

    Presented by the Sacred Heart University Irish Dance Ensemble and Special Guest Performers. The award-winning Claddagh Dancers will present a series of both modern and traditional Irish dances with special guest performers.

    General Admission: $15
    Senior Citizens/Under 12: $10
    Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $5
    Free for SHU students

  • April 21, 2018 at 7:30 pm ~The Celtic Spirit Featuring Eileen Ivers

  • Bushnell Theater, Hartford, CT

    Through music, song and dance, fiddle virtuoso Eileen Ivers and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra celebrate the journey of the Irish immigrant. The evening will showcase how Celtic sounds have integrated with various roots-music styles along the way, to become a fundamental part of today’s American soundscape. Ivers brings amazing energy to the stage with her phenomenal fiddling, paying homage to the great Irish traditions with her creative edge, contemporary style, and passion!

  • 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