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Eugene O’Neill Festival • Aug 24 – Sep 29

The 20th Annual Eugene O’Neill Festival takes place in Danville, August 24-September 29. The 2nd Annual Eugene O’Neill International Festival of Theatre takes place in New Ross, Ireland October 9 – 14. The Danville festival will feature three plays – Long Day’s Journey Into Night, The Glass Menagerie and The Second Girl – an Irish music concert, a guided hike to Tao House, a historic guided walk of O’Neill’s Danville and an O’Neill exhibit at the Danville library. more

SF Irish Film • Sep. 19-21

The 16th SF Irish Film Festival Explores Home: Where the Heart is. Thursday 19th: 7pm – ROSIE by Paddy Breathnach
Friday 20th: 6.30pm – SHORT STORIES, TALL TALES – a two part showcase of Irish short film
Saturday 21st: 6pm – GAZA, by Garry Keane and Andrew McConnell
8pm – FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY by Carmel Winters, preceded by “Late Afternoon” by Lousie Bagnall more

James Joyce and the Matter of Paris • Sep. 26

In James Joyce and the Matter of Paris, Catherine Flynn recovers the paradigmatic city of European urban modernity as the foundational context of Joyce’s imaginative consciousness. Beginning with Joyce’s underexamined first exile in 1902–03, she shows the significance for his writing of the time he spent in Paris and of a range of French authors whose works inflected his experience of that city. more

Glen Hansard • Sep. 27

Irish songwriter, actor, vocalist, guitarist and founder of The Frames, and The Swell Season Glen Hansard is on a US tour with his new album, This Wild Willing. Hansard appeared in the BAFTA-winning film The Commitments, and Once, which earned him an Academy Award for Best Song. SF Masonic. more

JimJam • Sept 28

Described as ‘The best Irish group so far in bluegrass’ this sharply dressed outfit deliver an energy-fuelled, foot-stomping live performance. Catch them performing at the Irish Center on September 28! Tickets

ILHS Speaker Series: Myles Dungan • Sept. 29

Irish historian and media personality Myles Dungan will deliver a lecture titled ‘Three Killings in the Irish War of Independence.’ The War of Independence and its aftermath brought tragedy to many Irish families. The McKennas and the Clintons, related by marriage, were just two. They experienced their fair share of tragedy and grief—and inflicted more besides. This was despite living in North Meath/East Cavan, hardly a cockpit of the Anglo-Irish War. more

The Waterboys • HSB & The Fillmore • Oct. 11

With their cross-pollination of literate, soulful rock and roll and folk traditions of the British Isles, the Waterboys have tread a multitude of musical paths since singer/songwriter Mike Scott formed the group in London in the early-80’s. Catch them this time at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Friday, Oct. 4, and at the Fillmore October 11. HSB The Fillmore

Síobhra Quinlan • Oakland • Oct 11

Irish vocalist, composer and producer Síobhra Quinlan performs at the Pro Arts Gallery and COMMONS on October 11 from 8-10pm. Her show “sfiiinx” is an experimental avant-pop ensemble rooted in art, song, mythology and surrealism . Tickets

Irish Film at Mill Valley • Oct. 8-11

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A Girl From Mogadishu (October 8, 9) Aja Naomi King (How to Get Away with Murder) stars in this inspiring story of Ifrah Ahmed, a Somalian refugee who rises to prominence as an award-winning international activist against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Upon arriving in Ireland, Ahmed first struggles to learn a new language and culture while honoring the life and country she left behind. tickets

Animals (October 9, 11) Laura and Tyler are the sort of best friends who have no use for boundaries. They share clothes, an apartment, and a love of drinking and “medicating” their way into Dublin’s boho-chic demimonde. Still, all that hedonism isn’t helping Laura finish her novel. When the twenty-something writer gets engaged to a promising concert pianist, she must choose between a life where the fun never stops and a world where she has to act like a grown-up. tickets


Sally Rooney, City Arts & Lectures • November 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