Highlights Coming Up

Sally Rooney, City Arts & Lectures • Nov. 8

Sally Rooney “writes about tricky commonplace things with a familiarity no one else has” (The Paris Review). Her novels Conversations with Friends and Normal People, are nuanced portraits of people in their twenties, exploring their relationships to one another and the structures of class, abuse, and intimacy. Born in Ireland, Rooney earned a Master’s degree in American Literature at Trinity College Dublin. more

Irish Consulate Speaker Series Nov. 8

The Irish Consulate is continuing their #IrelandinSF Speaker Series & Networking Breakfast with Catherine Flynn, author of James Joyce and the Matter of Paris. Flynn will be discussing her book alongside Dr. Michael Lucey of the French Department at UC Berkeley. more

Mick Flannery Nov. 8

Award-winning Irish singer, songwriter, Mick Flannery will be performing songs from his recent album at the Phoenix in Alameda. A double-platinum selling artist, Flannery’s new self-titled album is his sixth, and he is also overseeing the worldwide premiere of the stage musical, Evening Train. more

Hinterland Festival Nov 8 – 10

Comedy, the Clash, climate change, Celtic rock & craic…. Hinterland brings Irish fiction, music, history, sport, politics, humor & drama to San Francisco, and blends in some local flavors. Mechanics’ Institute.

Enjoy perspectives from novelists Liz Nugent, Emer Martin, Ethel Rohan; and renowned playwright Matthew Spangler. Rock and roll with Jim Lockhart (Horslips band), Brian Murphy (KNBR radio), and comedian Dave Nihill; and learn about the local Irish experience with Elizabeth Creely (Mission Local), historian Gray Brechin (Living New Deal), and filmmaker Geordie Lynch. more

Ireland’s San Francisco Consul General Robert O’Driscoll, Senior VP Government Relations with the Bay Area Council, Matt Regan and Irish journalist and historian Myles Dungan, discuss the implications for Ireland of a potential ‘crash out’ UK exit from the European Union. more

Comedy For A Spinal Cause Nov. 7

Every six months Dubliner David Nihill runs a comedy show featuring six headlining comedians with all proceeds going to NorCal SCI, a Bay Area-based 501c3 non-profit whose mission is to ​help people affected by or living with a Spinal Cord Injury/Disorder. The next one is 11/07 at La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley. Always a great night of laughter for a great cause. more

5k and 10k Run in the Dark • Nov. 13

As darkness sweeps around the globe in mid-November, 25,000 people in 50 cities worldwide will get up from their armchairs, slip on their red flashing armbands and pull on their running shoes to complete a 5k or 10k run, in support of the Mark Pollack Trust. Together, from Sydney to San Francisco, they will light up the night as they hit the road to Run in the Dark. more

Derek Warfield and The Young Wolfe Tones Nov. 16

The well-known Irish band will be coming to the Irish Center to perform traditional Irish ballads. Derek Warfield and They Young Wolfe Tones are bringing musical tradition forward with a reverence for Ireland’s past and the energy and optimism of a new generation of Irish musicians. more

ILHS Speaker Series • Nov. 17

This month’s speaker at the Irish Literary & Historical Society’s Speaker Series is Nancy Scheper-Hughes. When her book Saints, Scholars, and Schizophrenics was published twenty years ago, it became an instant classic. Scheper-Hughes explores the symptoms of the community’s decline: emigration, malaise, unwanted celibacy, damaging patterns of childrearing, fear of intimacy, suicide, and schizophrenia. more

A Winter Gift • Nov. 28

“A Winter Gift” is presented by three of the premier Celtic Harpists in the world. Patrick Ball, Lisa Lynne & Aryeh Frankfurter perform Celtic legends, along with Irish and English literature woven together with beloved and rare pieces of holiday music. It is a blend of music and oratory, falling somewhere between concert and theater, infused with a touch of seasonal magic. more

Steve Byrne Nov. 29

Korean-Irish comedian Steve Byrne will be performing at the San Jose Improv. Byrne created the TV series Sullivan & Son and has appeared in numerous other shows and movies. more


The Ireland Funds, Women in Leadership • Dec. 6

This year’s honorary speaker is Mary Ricks, President of Kennedy Wilson, a global real estate company headquartered in Beverly Hills, California with over $16 billion in assets under management. Mary oversees Kennedy Wilson’s investment activities, focused on multifamily and office properties in the Western U.S., UK and Ireland. more

A Celtic Christmas, Mountain View • December 19

Now in its 24th season of touring nationally, Tomáseen Foley’s “A Celtic Christmas” recreates the joy and innocence of a night before Christmas in a remote farmhouse in his native parish of Teampall an Ghleanntáin in the west of Ireland in the 1950s — when the neighboring families gather around the fire to grace the wintry night with traditional Irish Christmas carols, to raise the rafters with the joy of their music and traditional dances. And, of course, there were stories. more


Richard Mosse • through Feb. 17

From 2014 to 2016, artist Richard Mosse documented the mass migration and displacement of people unfolding across Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa in an attempt to find “adequate images” for today’s society. Filmed with a military-grade camera that detects and images body heat across great distances, these powerful scenes are on view in the exhibition Richard Mosse: Incoming. more