Author Archives: New York Irish History Roundtable

Discussion of Seeing-Eye Boy by Terence Winch, 5/1/2021

On Saturday, May 1, 2021, at 4pm the New York Irish History Roundtable is presenting a first-time event.

Using the internet and Zoom, the Roundtable will host a discussion of Terence Winch’s recent coming-of-age novel, Seeing-Eye Boy. Through Zoom, participants at home can listen to and join discussion with the author and other Roundtable members.

Winch’s Seeing-Eye Boy is set in the Irish Bronx of the 1950s and brings to life the Irish immigrant urban world of that time. It gives an inside look at the two cultures, Irish and American, through the adventures and misadventures of young Matt Coffey. Winch shows immigrant adults interacting with their first-generation sons and daughters, while Irish and rock music co-exist uncomfortably as the Irish become Irish Americans in the Bronx. Seeing-Eye Boy is a special blend of history, imagination, and nostalgia.

Poet and musician Terence Winch is a winner of the American Book Award and Columbia Book Award. He is a poet, editor, and musician—and a co-founder of band, Celtic Thunder. He was born and raised in the Bronx. His best-known composition is “When New York Was Irish.”

The discussion of Seeing-Eye Boy will take place from 4–5:15pm on Saturday, May 1, 2021. Roundtable president John Ridge will open the program, and Prof. Linda Dowling Almeida, from Glucksman Ireland House, will lead the discussion. For more information, go to Roundtable@irishnyhistory.org.

Instructions on making the Zoom connection will be provided beforehand by email. All you need is a computer or smart phone with a camera. For more information, write to roundtable@irishnyhistory.org.

Mass in Irish Language

The New York Irish History Roundtable is co-sponsoring a Mass in the Irish language on Saturday, March 14, 2020. It is open to all and will begin at 12 noon. The Mass will be held in the Basilica of St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral, which is at the corner of Mulberry and Prince Streets in Manhattan.… Continue Reading

Steven Butler Presentation

On Wednesday, March 18, Steven Butler will participate in a program on Oscar Wilde at Quinnipiac University. He is associate editor of the Roundtable’s annual journal and will speak on “Speranza’s Son: Irish America Dismisses Oscar.” The afternoon and evening program begins at 12:30 and is associated with the launch of a 15-month long exhibition… Continue Reading

The Unstoppable Irish

On Saturday, Nov. 9, author and singer Dan Milner will join us for an entertaining and unique presentation focusing on the integration of Irish people into the mainstream of New York City life during the hundred years following 1783—and on how the songs and music of Irish New Yorkers reveal that historical progress. Joining this… Continue Reading

Irish Women Of Action

On Saturday, April 13, the New York Irish History Roundtable will present a unique program on “Irish Women of Action,” associated with New York, who devoted much of their lives to major social changes like Irish independence, relief for the impoverished, and achievement of women’s rights. This special panel brings together experts on the topic,… Continue Reading

A Special Visit To Mc Sorley’s

On Saturday October 27th at 10 a.m. New York historian, author and Educator, Geoffrey Cobb will talk about the long and colorful history of this New York landmark and institution. Mr. Cobb recently wrote about the history of this special “Ale House” in Canada’s History. His article discussed the McSorley family history, the pub’s admission… Continue Reading

Rebel Rossa

On Saturday, Dec.1 at 2 p.m., film maker Williams Cole, great-grandson of O’Donovan Rossa, will present a revealing program and film-showing on the life and times of the 19th-century Irish patriot, and New Yorker. Williams Cole, accomplished documentary producer and director, will introduce and discuss his documentary, Rebel Rossa. A reception will follow. Join us… Continue Reading

Water And Ice: The Irish Victims

On Saturday, March 3 at 2 p.m., historian Art Mattson will tell the story of terrible shipwrecks in the 1830s that resulted in the deaths of over 200 immigrants just outside the port of New York. Most victims were Irish, many of them women and children drawn to the freedoms and expanding opportunities in America. They… Continue Reading

A Girl From Queens

On Saturday, May 12 at 2 p.m., author Eileen Markey will discuss the life—and death—of Sister Maura Clarke, M.M., whose brutal assault and murder at the hands of Salvadorian soldiers in 1980 became the source of international news and years of debate over America’s Cold War policy in Latin America. Who was Maura Clarke, and… Continue Reading

Getting Sober: Irish Leaders In Alcoholism Recovery

On Saturday, October 21, author Christopher M. Finan will discuss America’s troubled history with alcoholism and its long search for sobriety. The focus of this unique program will be on Irish-American leaders who took up the long battle against the disease and the successful results of their efforts. He will also recount the early roles… Continue Reading

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