The activities kick off Friday evening, October 9, with an art exhibit by Irish painter Vincent Crotty, entitled Recent Paintings: Images of the Blasket Island, Ireland and Beyond. The exhibit takes place from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Borgia Gallery at the Dooley Campus Center. The exhibit runs through October 26.
Following the opening a group of local musicians are leading a traditional music session in the Dooley Center Dining Hall Annex. Dancers from the McDermott School of Irish Dance are performing.
On Saturday, October 10, the Center hosts all-day workshops at Berchman’s Hall. They include dance workshops with Maureen McDermott of the McDermott Academy of Irish Dance; genealogy with Judy Lucey of the New England Historic Genealogical Society; bodhrain and bones playing with Steve Brown of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann; Irish language with Mary McShane, Boston Irish Language Society; and Gaelic games with Mike Carney of Springfield.
Also, Irish films are being shown, including Give Up Yer Aul Sins and New Kid; On Another Man's Wound; JFK in Ireland; The Story of the Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem. And Odyssey Books will display books for sale from Irish and Irish-American authors, plus titles about Ireland.
On Saturday evening Irish folksingers Makem and Spain Brothers perform at the Wherehouse in Holyoke. Tickets are $35, which include admission plus a corned beef sandwich. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m.
On Sunday, October 11, Monsignor Christopher Connelly says mass at 10:30 a.m. in Our Lady’s Chapel, with readings in Irish.
Following mass, noted New York essayist and novelist Peter Quinn is the guest speaker at a brunch in the Dooley Campus Center. His topic: Unremembered and Unforgotten: Irish America and the Great Hunger. Tickets are $15 for members and $20 for non-members. The three founders of the Irish Cultural Center will be honored at the brunch: Sr. Kathleen Keating, Tom Moriarty and Sean Cahillane.
For more details, contact the Center at 413 265-2537 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.