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Irish Literary & Historical Society Speaker Series • April 23

The Irish Literary & Historical Society welcomes Irish Consul General Philip Grant on April 23rd.  He will speak on Ireland and Brexit and the looming challenges facing Ireland’s economic and political integration with Europe amidst her deep ties with the UK.  The range and depth of uncertainties posed by Brexit, and the basic questions of national identity, flows of people and commerce, not to mention security, are provoking deep levels of anxiety and soul-searching across Europe, but most acutely in Ireland.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny recently said that the situation at hand, “will define the history of Ireland for decades to come”, and poses “the biggest challenge in the history of the State”.  The Northern Ireland peace process and the economy are the “twin pillars” of the government’s consideration.  Consul Grant will address aspects of this situation and the official responses as it continues to evolve.

Sun. April 23, 5pm, St Patrick’s Ballroom UICC, 2700 45th Ave, San Francisco,


Bay Area Book Festival • June 3 & 4

Over the weekend of June 3rd and 4th, 2017, the third annual Bay Area Book Festival will fill downtown Berkeley with a literary extravaganza that offers pleasure to anyone who has ever loved a book. Irish writers featured this year on June 4th are: Colin Barrett, Paul Murray, and John Toomey

Colin Barrett was born in 1982 and grew up in County Mayo. ‘Young Skins’ won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, the Guardian First Book Award, and the Rooney Prize for Irish Literature. His work has been published in the New Yorker, A Public Space, Granta, and the Stinging Fly. In 2015, Barrett was named a National Book Foundation “5 Under 35.”

John Toomey is a teacher at Clonkeen College in Dublin, where he teaches English and other things. He has written three novels to date, ‘Sleepwalker,’ ‘Huddelston Road,’ and the new ‘Slipping.’ He has also contributed a short story, “What the Dying Heart Says,” to Dalkey Archive’s Best European Fiction 2015.

Paul Murray was born in 1975. He studied English literature at Trinity College in Dublin and creative writing at the University of East Anglia. His debut, ‘An Evening of Long Goodbyes,’ was short-listed for the Whitbread First Novel Award in 2003 and was nominated for the Kerry Grove Irish Fiction Award. His second novel, ‘Skippy Dies,’ was short-listed for the 2010 Costa Novel Award, was long-listed for the 2010 Man Booker Prize, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and was ranked third in Times’ ten best books of 2010. Murray’s new novel is ‘The Mark and The Void.’

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