Making Bridget’s Crosses • Feb 5
February 5 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm at the UICC. Join the tradition of Bridget’s Cross makers, and learn how the Irish have put this famous piece together for generations. more
O’Neill Irish Music Festival • Feb 23-25
The festival opens on Thursday, Feb 23 with a presentation by festival founder Tom O’Neill on the “Incredible Life Of Francis O’Neill – The Man Who Saved Irish Music” at Sam’s Anchor Cafe in Tiburon, with accompaniment by local Irish musicians. Two shows follow on Friday, Feb 24th and Saturday, Feb 25th at the Lodge in Tiburon, featuring Lucia Comnes, The Black Brothers, David Winter, Kyle Alden, John Caulfield, Todd Denman, Marla Fibish, and many more. See full musician lineup here
ILHS Speaker Series • Feb 26
Matt Spangler. The Irish Literary & Historical Society is planning two very special events for the months of February and March. In February they present a talk by ILHS Vice President, playwright and academic Matthew Spangler. Spangler, a Professor of Performance Studies at San Jose State University, will present a talk titled “Walking in the City: A Kurdish Asylum-Seeker’s Arrival in Dublin”.
Over the last ten years, Spangler has conducted a number of ethnographic interviews with a Kurdish asylum-seeker and now refugee living in Dublin, Ireland. A former member of the PKK – the Kurdish separatist organization, labeled a terrorist group by the U.S. and many Western European countries – he left Iran because, as he put it, he was too “old to be fighting and living in the mountains anymore.” Eventually he ended up alone and wandering the streets of Dublin, which he initially took to be Toronto. In Ireland he requested asylum and, after five years of hearings, rejections, threatened deportations, and appeals, was awarded refugee status. This presentation will focus on his first morning in Dublin, and subsequent application for refugee status. The talk will take place on Sunday, February 26 at 5pm at the United Irish Cultural Center, 45th Avenue and Sloat Blvd., San Francisco.
Annual Banquet, March 19. The ILHS presents their annual St. Patrick’s Banquet on Sunday, March 19 at the Saint Patrick’s Ballroom in the United Irish Cultural Center. This year’s event features harpist and storyteller Patrick Ball, with song and dramatic reading by Esther Mulligan, and music by fiddler, Anne Goess.
Contact Eileen Kivlehan at (415) 681-2078, or Brian Whitty at (925) 925-9015 with inquiries.
Celebration of the Pearse and Connolly Fife and Drum Band • Mar 12
Join Crossroads for a centenary celebration of the legendary Pearse and Connolly Fife and Drum Band. Founded in Butte, Montana in 1917, the band moved to San Francisco in the 1920s and has been an important cultural institution of the San Francisco Irish community ever since. You are requested to bring photos and memorabilia associated with the Pearse and Connolly Band to this event to showcase in a display.
Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin Street , San Francisco
For more information on this and other events visit www.irishamericancrossroads.org
Chinese, Irish, and the Transcontinental Railroad • Mar 26
“Chinese and Irish Workers in the Construction of the Transcontinental Railroad.” Gordon H. Chang, Professor of American History and Director of the Center for East Asian Studies at Stanford, and Barry P. McCarron, Assistant Professor and Faculty Fellow of Irish Studies at New York University, will lead a discussion about the roles and treatment of Irish Workers in the construction of the first Transcontinental Railroad in the United States. For more information, visit the Irish American Crossroads festival website