Irish Arts Center announces spring season including Declan O'Rourke and Muhammad Ali


La MaMa in association with Irish Arts Center presents
Anybody Waiting? by ponydance
at La MaMa
March 28-31
Comedic dance theatre champions ponydance show a love for good dancing, good looks and a good time.


An Saighdiúr (The Soldier)

February 20
2012, 25 minutes
Directed by Sonia Nic Jones
An Saighdiúr follows Sergeant Séamus O Fianghusa, a Brooklyn native of Korean and Irish heritage, as he travels to the frontline in Afghanistan and on a visit to his beloved Donegal Gaeltacht. A panel discussion will follow the film.

Music of Ireland
February 26
2010, 90 minutes
Directed by Phillip J. Marshall
Music of Ireland tells the definitive story of Irish music in America, focusing on the Emerald Isle's greatest musical exports, their influence on America and the music's global impact. An artist talk with the filmmakers and a live performance will follow the film.


April 14
2007, 88 minutes
Directed by Tom Collins
Kings is a story of a lost generation, rich in humanity and emotion, in search for identity.


Vona Groarke
The Middle Kingdom
A Celebration of Poetry, Song and Visual Art
February 28
Poet Vona Groarke joins forces with composers and singers Irene and Annette Buckley, and artists Helen O’Leary and Eva O’Leary to celebrate women’s youth and age, innocence and experience, and the unforeseen of the in between.

A Tribute to William Kennedy
Moderated by Peter Quinn and Special Guests in association with Irish American Writers and Artists
An evening with William Kennedy, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Ironweed, screenwriter and playwright, celebrated by moderator Peter Quinn and special guests.

Irish Arts Center presents the fifth
Pen, Paper and Palate

in association with Ruda Beresford Dauphin
A Panel Discussion: Crime Writing
May 14 at The Half King
Pen, Paper and Palate, a celebration of Irish and American writing, food and culture. The witty and entertaining Frank Delaney, author, BBC host and Booker Prize judge, will moderate on the topic of “Crime Writing” with an esteemed panel.

Bloomsday on Broadway XXXII

June 16 at Symphony Space
The 32nd annual BLOOMSDAY ON BROADWAY, a tradition created by Symphony
Space co-founder Isaiah Sheffer and carries on in his memory, celebrates James Joyce’s Ulysses with Symphony Space and the Irish Arts Center.


Black and White and Green: St. Patrick’s Day in Harlem
Two Roads Diverged: A Dialogue on Irish and Black Contributions to American Culture
with Lenwood O. Sloan and Dr. Mick Moloney in associations with Harlem Stage
March 12 at Harlem Stage
Live piano and dance performances accompany the final part of the Two Roads Diverged series examining the cultural relationships between Irish and African communities in America.


Kids Film Fleadh with The Craic

March 9
The Kids Film Fleadh features storytelling with special guests Honor Molloy and John Liam Shea; brings the best of award-winning children’s short films, including Pet Hate, Bird Food, Thin Ice and more; and concludes with an Irish step dancing performance.

Annual St. Patrick’s Open Day in association with our neighbors PAL William J. Duncan Center
March 17
Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day the only way you should: by immersing yourself in all things Irish. An afternoon of authentic Irish music, dance, song, language, and crafts. Take part in workshops, take in a performance or two, and take the whole family.
Classes for kids including Celtic Harp for Kids, ModERIN Dance Class, Introductory Step Dance with Niall O’Leary, TCRG, ADCRG and Gaelic Kids


John Spinks
Current Chords
February 1 – April 22
Artist Talk and Reception on February 12
In Current Chords, artist John Spinks examines and reinterprets the language of
music—a language he appreciates but does not “speak”—through his own vocabulary of the brush stroke and collage on canvas.

Ulysses “seen”
An International Bloomsday Celebration by Robert Berry
in association with the James Joyce Centre, Dublin
May 1 – June 30

Irish Arts Center Gallery

Artist Talk and Reception on May 1
An international Bloomsday celebration with an exhibition of illustrator Robert Berry’s original drawings from the Ulysses “seen” project, a web based comic adaptation of James Joyce’s Ulysses. More participating cities to be revealed at