March 11 – 17, 2015
The Executive of the Irish Newfoundland Association (INA) invites you to their “Irish Week” events that promise to explore our cultural, historic and economic connections with Ireland. The Association identified four events that they hope will appeal to the membership of the INA and to the general public. The events feature a cross section of our community including, historians, politicians, poets, writers and singers.
The Executive invite you to please “hold these dates” and please share the schedule with friends and colleagues.
Members of the INA and the general public are invited to all events. All of the happenings are FREE with the exception of the Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dance.
The schedule of events is:
Wednesday, March 11th 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. Holiday Inn, St. John’s. Presentation Two Features (FREE)
Dr. Patrick Mannion
Feature1: Dr. Patrick Mannion’s presentation will examine how “Irishness” in Newfoundland is understood, and how the strength, depth, and variety of Irish identities have varied widely through time. His talk will focus particularly on the O’Brien family of St. John’s and their farm as an example of the passionate connection to Ireland felt by many Newfoundlanders of Irish descent, and will conclude with some thoughts on how the contemporary O’Brien Farm Foundation can commemorate and contribute to this cultural heritage.
Feature 2: “Newfoundlanders: Voices from the Sea.” 1979 is a 60 minute documentary that looks at the place of the Irish in the history of Newfoundland and Labrador. Dr. John Mannion helped research and served as one of the location supervisors for the film. The film is dated but almost 40 years later it still offers much to think about. Have a drink as you look back 40 years.
Thursday, March 12th, 2:30 p.m. The Rooms Theatre – 9 Bonaventure Avenue, St. John’s
Film: Coppers and Brass: The piping tradition of Irish Travellers (2014, 65 min)
Join visiting Irish musician and scholar Tommy Fegan as he presents his film documentary Coppers and Brass, which explores Irish traditional music played by members of the Irish Travelling community. The film focuses particularly on uilleann pipe playing, demonstrating how Irish Travellers exhibit specific stylistic traits within Irish traditional music. After the film, Tommy will pull out his pipes and treat us to a few tunes while explaining the mysterious workings of Ireland’s only indigenous traditional Irish instrument. (This event is arranged and hosted by The Rooms)
Thursday, March 12th, 8:00 p.m. Holiday Inn, St. John’s
McGee was featured in a “historical series” of Canadian stamps in 1927 – making him the first Irishman in the English-speaking world to appear on a postage stamp.
Presentation: Thomas D’Arcy McGee:
Perspectives by Loyola Hearn, Former Canadian Ambassador to Ireland & Tommy Fegan, Thomas D’Arcy McGee Centre, County Louth, Ireland.
In the town of Wexford, Ireland on the I5th of May, 1865 Thomas D’Arcy McGee made a speech rejecting his revolutionary past. He told his audience: “Politically we were a pack of fools, but we were honest in our folly and no man need blush at forty for the follies of one and twenty unless he still perseveres in them.”
Sunday, March 15th 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Poets and Readers Session. Holiday Inn, St. John’s. Four Features (FREE)
Feature 1: Mark Callahan : Newfoundland poet and composer. Edited,The Breakwater Book of Contemporary Newfoundland Poetry, with James Langer, the book features the work of 11 poets who “developed—either by birth or residence—a strong relationship with the island of Newfoundland prior to the publication of their first full-length collection of poetry.”
Feature 2: Kate Evans, born and grew up in Co. Sligo, Ireland. In 1969, she she moved to Newfoundland and Labrador. Her first novel, Where Old Ghosts Meet, was published in September 2010, by Breakwater Books, St John’s. NL. It was short listed for the APMA Best Atlantic-Published Book Award and for the Margaret and John Savage First Book Award.
Feature 3: Ed Kavanagh, has worked as a writer, actor, musician, theatre director, university lecturer, and editor. His latest publication Strays was shortlisted for the Thomas Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award, one of the East Coast Literary Awards sponsored by the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia and a finalists for this year’s Newfoundland and Labrador Book Awards
Feature 4. Lisa Moore. Lisa Moore, short-story writer, novelist is a three-time nominee for the Scotiabank Giller Prize (2002, 2005 and 2013), winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and long listed for the Man Booker Prize, Moore is considered one of Newfoundland’s (and Canada’s) most important contemporary writers.
(Please note that you can purchase the latest publication of each writer at the venue.)
Tuesday, March 17th 8:00 – 12: 00 Bella Vista Club, 24 Torbay Road, St. John’s – Entertainment and Dance
Dance and Party in the Irish Tradition ($20.00)
The Freels offers the dynamic balance of passionate ballads and fiery dance tunes. Members include: Anthony Chafe (guitar, accordion, vocals), Maria Peddle (fiddle, vocals), Danny Mills (flute, bouzouki, vocals), Andrew Fitzgerald (fiddle, bodhran, vocals) and Fergus Brown-O’Byrne (accordion, concertina).
Middle Tickle with D’Arcy Broderick, fiddle, guitar, mandola, banjo, accordion and mandolin and William Broderick (Drums), Glenn Hiscock (Mandolin, Fiddle, Vocals), Paul Hiscock (Bass, vocals) and Ron Kelly (Guitar, vocals).
Reserve your tickets by e mailing:
Larry Dohey: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sheilagh O’Leary email@example.com
Purchase your ticket:
Fred’s Records, 198 Duckworth St, St John’s.
Travel Bug, 155 Water St, St John’s.
Alpine Country Lodge, 12 Churchill Square, St John’s.