Glittering celebration at New York’s 1st Irish Theatre Festival

What's in store for the audiences at the 1st Irish Theatre Festival in New York

The Compass Rose by Ronan Noone is set in a pub and will be performed in one too (Ryan’s Daughter, as it happens). Tiffany and Irish bartender Donal have intertwined pasts and mixed feelings for each other too. When they meet up again a decade after parting, they realize that their journey may be far from over.  Noone writes nimbly about what matters most, love and what it makes of us.

Other sure to be sell out events include Journey’s End, a documentary film that follows former US Senator George Mitchell as he returns to Northern Ireland with his 14-year-old son Andrew to discover how life has changed for people there since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998.

Mitchell narrates and will later be present for a question and answer session with National Book Award winner Colum McCann that will moderated by Loretta Brennan Glucksman.

Another 1st Irish special event will be Belfast To Boston, an unmissable discussion on Irish and Irish American heritage by two celebrated Irish authors who’ll discuss their experiences growing up in Southie and in the glare of the Northern Irish conflict.

Colin Broderick and Michael Patrick grew up world’s apart but unmistakably Irish, and in their join night of truth telling at The American Irish Historical Society they’ll lay out what they’ve discovered on their journeys.

Maeve Brennan was the brilliant and beautiful young Irish woman who blazed a trial here in the 1950’s and 60’s as a short story writer and frequent contributor to the The New Yorker. Some claim the stylish young Irish woman was the inspiration for Holly Golightly in Breakfast At Tiffany’s.

Next month you’ll be able to follow in her footsteps on a guided tour of Greenwich Village, the place that inspired so many of her stories in The New Yorker’s “Talk of the Town” section.  This tour, full of fun readings and historical anecdotes, starts in Washington Square Park and ends with a taste of her much-loved martinis. Along the way you’ll restore one of Ireland’s gifted daughters to her rightful place among the city’s most admired essayists. For a complete list of 1st Irish events visit