The formal re-opening of the recently renovated Irish Repertory Theatre will take place on Saturday, September 24 from noon until 4 p.m. The Irish Rep was established in 1988 by Ciaran O’Reilly and Charlotte Moore and has operated at its Chelsea location at 132 West 22nd Street since 1995.

The popular and important venue for year-round performances of Irish and Irish American plays was closed for almost two years while a costly but necessary overhaul was completed maximizing the space for the still intimate theater.

It will be like a Manhattan block party with 22nd Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues closed to traffic, utilizing two stages inside the premises for play excerpts from four classic plays, music from classical violinist Gregory Harrington and Melissa Errico singing songs from "Finian’s Rainbow" and more.

Outside a special stage will be constructed and feature traditional and contemporary folk music where I will have the pleasure of serving as the MC all day. Scheduled to appear are Erin Loughran’s Martin O’Grady Ceili Band, Aoife Scott (on tour from Ireland). Donie Carroll & Don Meade, Dan Gurney and Christina Dolphin, Andy Irvine and Mickey Moloney with James Keane and Tony DeMarco.

Actor Matthew Broderick, who starred in the Rep’s play Shining City this summer in a sold-out run, will also be on hand to cut the ribbon and say a few words.

All are welcome. Visit