• Cultural Events and Activities

  • The following list of events and activities are not sponsored or run by IHSM, unless otherwise indicated.

  • Irish author Kevin Barry – Reading of his Works and Book Signing

    Monday, April 24, 2017 at 6:30 pm
    Fairfield University’s Kelley Center Presentation Room

    The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

    Kevin Barry is the author of two award-winning novels, City of Bohane, which won the International IMPAC Dublin Award in 2013, and Beatlebone, winner of the 2015 Goldsmith Prize.He is also the author of two short story collections: There are Little Kingdoms, winner of the 2007 Rooney Prize for Irish Literature, and Dark Lies the Island, published in 2012.

    His stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, and many other journals. His work has been translated into 16 languages.

    The event is sponsored by The Program in Irish Studies. The Co- Sponsors are the Humanities Institute of the College of Arts & Sciences, the English Department, the M.F.A. Program, and Community and Lifetime Education.

  • “Poor Beast In The Rain” presented by the Connecticut Irish Theatre Troupe

    Written by Billy Roche,
    Directed by Karl Ryan.

    May 5th and 6th at 7:30 PM and May 7th at 2:30 PM at Whitneyville Cultural Commons, 1253 Whitney Ave., Hamden, CT.

    Tickets are $20 ($15 for ICSA Club Members).

    Roche’s play, from his critically acclaimed “Wexford Trilogy”, brings us a chapter in the lives of six characters in a small Wexford town. Their highly predictable lives are up-ended by the return of the town’s folk hero after a decade’s absence. Difficult memories are resurrected and even more difficult decisions about the future must be made.

    Dublin born Karl Ryan, well known and long respected as an exceptional actor in local Irish drama circles, will make his directorial debut with this production, bringing his cerebral understanding of Irish social interaction to a very talented and experienced group of actors.

    Poor Beast in the Rain asks the age old question of whether history is destined to repeat itself. As the answer unfolds, the audience is witness to a story at times poignant, at times hilarious, but always enjoyable and entertaining.

    For information or to purchase tickets, please contact Margaret at (203) 675-6683, or e-mail: ctirishtheater@snet.net. You can also purchase tickets online at our website icsa-home.org or brownpapertickets.com.

  • “Rebel Rossa” Documentary Screening

    Thursday, May 18 at 6 p.m.

    Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa is an icon in Fenian Irish revolutionary history. Rossa’s American great-grandsons created the film. Rossa’s life as a member of the Irish Republican Brotherhood and his resistance of the British government ultimately lead to the 1916 Easter Rising. In this documentary Rossa’s great-grandsons return to Ireland to trace their family history and uncover all there is to know about Rossa and wife Mary Jane. The film covers Rossa’s life starting with his childhood in rural Ireland, his experiences of the Great Hunger, time in six different Victorian jails, his exile to the United States and the origin of his nickname “O’Dynamite Rossa.” After the screening Williams Rossa Cole (Producer, Director, Editor) will lead a discussion on the contemporary effects of his Fenian great grandfather’s life.

    This event will take place at the Quinnipiac University North Haven Campus, 370 Basset Road, North Haven, CT. Tickets are available for $10.00 each and should be purchased online in advance. (See events page on Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum website for link to purchase tickets). The film runs 88 minutes.

  • Pride of New York

    May 20, 2017 – 8:00 pm
    Gaelic American Club, Fairfield, CT
    $20 adults, $5 kids under 16

    The Pride of New York is an Irish-American super group comprised of some of the best known players on this side of the Atlantic. Between them, they have won four All-Ireland championship awards, recorded multiple solo albums, and logged countless miles touring across the US and abroad. But, at its essence, this quartet of singular talents is defined in spirit by the city of New York which gives the group its name.
    Contact tmquinn@optonline.net for tickets.

  • Local Irish Radio Programs ♫ ♪

    Sounds of Ireland ~ Sunday 9:00 -11:00 am – Hosted by Sean Canning
    AM 1220 WQUN or WQUN Radio Online From Quinnipiac University, Hamden, CT

    Echoes of Erin ~ Sunday 12 noon-2:00 pm Hosted by Pat and Joan Kennedy, Pat Hosey and Siobhan Dacey,Mike McGrath, and Chuck Vigue
    FM 88.7 WNHU or WNHU Radio Online From the Univ. of New Haven, West Haven, CT

    Music of Ireland ~Thursday 7-9:00 pm Hosted by Tom Faherty with Kenny live from Ireland
    FM 88.7 WNHU or WNHU Radio Online From the Univ. of New Haven, West Haven, CT

  • Thimble Island Cruise

    July 16, 2017
    All Aboard the Sea Mist for the
    2017 Thimble Island Cruise
    From the Branford Dock – $25pp
    Arrival time 5:30pm / Launch time 6:30pm
    Free food, BYOB, cash bar on board
    Contact: Finbarr Moynihan – 203.272.0118 or email

    This event is sponsored by
    The Ancient Order of Hibernians
    Fr. Mckeon Division 7 New Haven