Enjoy the very best Irish-language performers New York has to offer at the Ceiliúradh Bhliain na Gaeilge (Celebration of the Official Year of the Irish Language).

Do you love the Irish language but feel you don’t get to hear it spoken nearly enough? A celebration of Bliain na Gaeilge (the official year of the Irish language) will aim to rectify that on Wednesday, May 23, with an evening of song, poetry and storytelling in the Consulate General of Ireland New York.


With all acts performing “as Gaeilge” (in Irish) or bilingually, native speakers and learners alike can enjoy everything from a bilingual spoken-word poet to a drag act just learning the language for the first time.

Other performers will include former RTÉ and TG4 presenter Bláthnaid O'Donoghue; John Kearns, a member of the Irish American Writers and Artists Association; and Irish-language students from Glucksman Ireland House at New York University.

Tickets are available for free but your space must be reserved here, where you can also find more information on the celebration.

The Gaelic Revival started 125 years ago this year and Irish America played no small role. With that in mind, the Irish-speaking community shall come together in celebration on this evening to showcase the amazing talents of New York's Irish speakers - whether native speakers or learners of the language.

This Bliain na Gaeilge event pays tribute to the remarkable history of Irish in New York and to those who work hard throughout the year to keep the language a part of the city's Irish community.

The event is presented by Gaeil Nua-Eabhrac, a group of Irish-language lovers in New York, with the support of the official Bliain na Gaeilge and in association with the Consulate General of Ireland and IrishCentral. Doors will open at 6pm. 


You can also find out more about Bliain na Gaeilge and what is planned for the rest of the year here.

If you live further away from New York and can’t make it to the celebration, be sure to check out IrishCentral’s Irish-language section here to find ways you can learn Irish for free online or check out some Irish-language songs.