Ethel Rohan • Green Apple, SF Sep. 14th
Ethel Rohan (The Weight of Him, St. Martin’s Press 2017) is at Green Apple Books, 1231 9th Avenue, on Thursday, September 14 at 7:30pm. Ethel will be in conversation with Ben Loory to discuss his new, critically acclaimed book, Tales of Falling and Flying (Penguin Books). more
Eugene O’Neill Festival, Danville • September 2017
The 18th Annual Eugene O’Neill Festival takes place in Danville, CA, from September 1-30, and celebrates the Nobel-winning writer with events around town, and at the National Historic Site of Tao House – where O’Neill wrote his most celebrated plays.
This year celebrates the great tradition of Irish storytelling with powerful and playful productions of Eugene O’Neill’s A Touch of the Poet and John Millington Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World.
For more information visit The Eugene O’Neill Foundation website
ILHS Speaker Series • September 24
Gaelic Games and the Irish-American Experience in San Francisco
The ILHS presents “Gaelic Games and the Irish-American Experience in San Francisco” Sunday September 24th at 5pm The ILHS will host a lecture and panel discussion on the storied history and thriving Irish sport leagues of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), featuring San Francisco GAA Chairman Bertie Penny and scholar and league official Liam Reidy, with comments by the incoming Irish Consul General Robert O’Driscoll. The title of the program will be “Gaelic Games and the Irish-American Experience in San Francisco”.
The lecture will highlight the history and growth of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) in Ireland and the local Irish-American experience by the emigrants who have played Gaelic games in the San Francisco area since the Gold Rush. The sporting life and history of Irish emigrants who played Gaelic games locally down through the years is an aspect of local Irish history that has rarely garnered any serious study. For the most part is has been neglected when you compare it to essays on the political, social, economic, religious history of the Irish in the city. The lecture will focus on the organization of the GAA in Ireland and highlights of the evolution of the Gaelic games scene locally since the formation of the first hurling club in 1853, up to the present day.
GAA Exhibition – An exhibition of both new and old memorabilia, showcasing the large photographic collection in the local GAA archives will also take place on the night. In addition, medals and cups from various eras will also be on display, donated by many local Gaels.
This event is a rare and special opportunity to pay tribute to and honor the makers of local history in the GAA and their great contributions to the local community over many generations. All community members are welcomed and encouraged to attend this celebration of the GAA and local Irish sport.
Sunday September 24 @ 5pm at the United Irish Cultural Center, 45th Avenue and Sloat Blvd., San Francisco. The event is free for members and $5 for non-members. www.ilhssf.org
Evelyn Conlon • Berkeley, Sep 25
The diaspora, borders, and recalcitrant women and men are recurring themes in the work of Irish writer Evelyn Conlon. Her work “highlights the exceptional and unfathomable depths of what we nonchalantly dismiss as the normal, the everyday … Conlon emerges as champion of the individual, the Everyman and the Everywoman” (The Irish Times).
Her novel A Glassful of Letters was hailed as “a brilliant epistolary work suffusing a portrait of modern Dublin with the subtle wit of Clarissa” (Kirkus Review, USA).
Evelyn’s most recent novel, Not the Same Sky (Wakefield Press) steps back in time to tell the stories of four young women who were among the orphaned Irish girls shipped to Australia following the Great Famine. An elegant and subtle novel, this is a powerful tale of memory and the ability of the mind to shut out the past. It uses a stark, poetic intensity, suffused with understated humour, to shape its characters’ human presence and historical importance.
On her way to the Los Gatos Irish Writers Festival, Evelyn Conlon will read a selection of her work at Spats, 1974 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA, 6pm. info