America and the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland


Glucksman Ireland House NYU's programs will shed new light on the trans-Atlantic context of the Rising.  The series examines the actions and motives of Irish cultural and political nationalists who were based in the United States before and during 1916, and of the Americans who served as their support network. 


Thursday, September 17th, 2015 at 7pm

"Her Exiled Children": Music of the 1916 Easter Rising with Jerry O'Sullivan, Mick Moloney and more

New York's traditional Irish musicians come together to explore the variety of ways that Irish and Irish-American identity were expressed musically in the lead up to the Easter 1916 Rising.  Featuring singer and guitarist Donie Carroll, fiddler and singer Liz Hanley, piper Ivan Goff, GIH faculty member and singer Mick Moloney, piper Jerry O'Sullivan, and fiddler Caitlin Warbelow.


Thursday, October 15th, 2015 at 7pm

Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa, John Devoy, and the Road to the Rising

Join biographers Shane Kenna and Terry Golway in conversation about legendary Irish republicans Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa and John Devoy, Irish Americans who were pivotal to the Easter 1916 Rising. Presented with the American Irish Historical Society.


Thursday, October 29th, 2015 at 7pm

The United Irish League of America, 1910-1918: The Center Did Not Hold

The 17th Annual O'Malley Lecture presents Francis Carroll, Professor Emeritus at St. John's College, University of Manitoba, speaking on the United Irish League of America and Irish America's support of British Parliament's Home Rule bill of 1914 - and how the consuming force of the Great War intervened and destroyed both Home Rule and the United Irish League of America. 


Saturday, October 31st, 2015 at 2pm

The New York Carmelites & Irish Independence

Vincent Begley, archivist for the Carmelite Friars, gives an illuminating talk on New York Carmelites' crucial involvement in the Irish struggle for freedom.


Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 at 7pm

"Her Exiled Children": Voices in America and the 1916 Easter Rising

George C. Heslin, the founder and artistic director of The Origin Theatre Company, directs a troupe of New York's finest actors to bring the sounds, words and stories of the 1916 Easter Rising to life and capture the American voice of this historic event.


Thursday, February 4th, 2016 at 7pm

"Her Exiled Children": Poetry in America and the 1916 Easter Rising with Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon

Colum McCann hosts a night of poems by Irish and Irish-American poets read by fellow writers Alice McDermott, Anne Enright, and Matthew Thomas, as well as actress Geraldine Hughes, providing powerful reflections on Irish nationalism in America at the time of the Rising.  Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and author Paul Muldoon debuts a new poem, commissioned by Glucksman Ireland House NYU for the occasion.  Directed by George C. Heslin.


Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 11am

Casadh an tSúgáin - America, Irish-Ireland, Education and Politics

Language rights involve agitation, agitation implies politics. The ideals and aspirations of late-nineteenth century Irish language activists moved from education to politics in Ireland and from Ireland to Irish-America. Join us as we investigate relationships between Ireland and Irish-America through the lens of the Irish language movement.


Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 7pm

Irish Institute of New York Lecture: The GPO Staff in 1916

Famous as the headquarters for the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising, the General Post Office in Dublin was also the nerve center for communications throughout Ireland.  Stephen Ferguson, Assistant Secretary of An Post, will discuss the role of GPO staff, revealing their involvement in and response to the events of Easter week.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 7pm

A Terrible Beauty, screening & commentary with Colin & Dave Farrell

This 90-minute docudrama takes a unique look at the events of Easter Week 1916 in Dublin. It is the first film to tell the story from three different perspectives, showing the human cost of the fighting on all sides. The screening is the prelude to a major two-day symposium at NYU.


Thursday & Friday, April 21 & 22, 2016 | all day

Independent Spirit: America and the 1916 Easter Rising symposium

Glucksman Ireland House NYU uniquely focuses on the role of Americans and of New York in the Easter 1916 Rising. This symposium brings together twenty scholars who offer new research to enlighten, interrogate, and locate the Rising in a transnational context, including keynote speakers:

  • David Brundage, Department of History, University of California-Santa Cruz

  • Terry Golway, Politico New York

  • J.J. Lee, Department of History, New York University

  • Timothy J. Meagher, Department of History, Catholic University of America

  • Robert Schmuhl, Department of American Studies, University of Notre Dame

Panelists include, but are not limited to: Marion R. Casey, Michael Doorley, Kate Feighery, Mary C. Kelly, Lucy McDiarmuid, Gerard MacAtasney, Úna Ní Bhroiméil, Miriam A. Nyhan, John P. Waters, Daphne Dyer Wolf, and Nicholas M. Wolf



Friday, April 22nd at 7pm in Garibaldi Plaza in Washington Square Park


Reading of the Proclamation of the Republic of Ireland
Representing Ireland's "exiled children in America," we read the historic document in which the Easter 1916 Provisional Government of Ireland declared its independence from Great Britain, followed by a short musical program by the Glee Club of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick.


Presented, in part, with the support of Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade and the Consulate of Ireland in New York.

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