Past Events 2018
Irish Singer Máirín Uí Chéide, April 7
County Galway native Máirín Uí Chéide will lead an afternoon workshop and perform an evening concert of unaccompanied traditional song presented by the Traditional Singers Club of the Twin Cities.
Yoga with a Celtic Slant, April 7
Celebrate the Celtic Junction's Lá Gaeilge (Irish Language Day) with Yoga Gaelach (Yoga in Irish Gaelic). Limber up, improve your sláinte (health) and pick up cúpla focal (a few basic words of Irish) while you stretch and move through the poses. For all ages and abilities. Please bring a mat if you have one.
Children and young learners will learn to speak Irish in a structured yet immersive listening/speaking style. The instructor will supply a booklet of exercises and readings for students. Lavinia Finnerty, a native speaker from the Connemara Gaeltacht, has taught Irish in secondary school in Ireland and also more recently to adult learners in San Francisco. She has also prepared learners for the European Pass for Irish/Certificate in Proficiency.
Féile na Gaeilge, April 7
Irish Language Day at The Junction! For beginners to fluent speakers, join us for fun and educational activities in recognition of the Bliain na Gaeilge 2018 (Year of Irish) created to celebrate the language and encourage the use of Irish in Ireland and abroad.
Introduction to Irish language literature and poetry, April 4 - June 6
With Lavinia Finnerty. Deepen your knowledge and appreciation and comprehension of the Irish language by reading selections from its classic and contemporary literature in both prose and poetry. The instructor will supply a booklet of readings of accessible Irish language prose and poetry. Lavinia Finnerty is a native speaker from the Connemara Gaeltacht, she has taught Irish in secondary school in Ireland and also more recently to adult learners in San Francisco. She has also prepared learners for the European Pass for Irish/Certificate in Proficiency.
The Irish in Pop Culture: Sitcoms, Tourism, Singing Pubs and More, March 31
2pm in the EML. The Colloquium is a free lecture that is open to the public.
In an anecdotal, and sometimes faintly provocative talk, Rogers will look at some the ways the Idea of Ireland has seeped into our national fancies and fantasies—believing, as he does, that the Ireland of the imagination is by far the most powerful version.
Jim Rogers is the director of the Center for Irish Studies at St Thomas, a past president of the American Conference for Irish Studies, and the author of three books on Irish America—the most recent of which is Irish-American Autobiography.
Imanta Dimanta, March 25
“Imanta Dimanta and Friends” is an international Latvian “post-folk” band with indie folk and bluegrass influences. Join us for a Latvian folk song concert for all ages and musical tastes. Let Latvian music bring us together in the year of the Latvian Centennial!
Finding Ship Records for Irish Ancestors, March 24
10:30am - Noon in the EML. The ever elusive passenger lists are frequently the hardest information to find on your ancestors. Find out what records are available and where to find them. Instructor: Mary Wickersham, Treasurer, Irish Genealogical Society Intl. Write: [email protected] to register.
The Irish History book club, March 21
Wednesday, 7:30-9:00 pm, FREE in the EML (Eoin McKiernan Library). They are reading up to episode 70 in Jonathon Bardon's magnificent A History of Ireland in 250 Episodes and (an optional extra reading) finishing O'Kelly's authoritative study Newgrange. This free event is open to the public and all are welcome to attend and contribute to the group's conversations. Any questions can be directed to [email protected]
Saint Patrick's Day Dance, March 17
All ages - dances taught and called by Paul McCluskey with lots of helpers for newcomers. Genuine, authentic, traditional Irish music with the Twin Cities Ceili Band.
Kickin' It Irish, March 10 & 11
Celebrate Saint Paddy's Day in true Irish style with Kickin' It Irish! Featuring Dublin native and original Riverdancer Cormac O'Sé, Kickin' It Irish is a modern fusion of show-style Irish dance and live Irish music. The lineup consists of 22 world-class dancers, and a driving dance band.
Poetry in Slow Motion study group, March 3
Saturday at 11:00 am FREE in the EML (Eoin McKiernan Library). The group is reading the meditative and haunting section "In the Seven Woods" from The Collected Poetry of W.B. Yeats. This is a free event and is open to the public. If interested, please contact Patrick at [email protected] [Note: this group usually meets once a month on Saturday mornings.]
Éigse CIM, A Gaela Event, Feb 24
The Center for Irish Music and emcee Máirtín de Cógáin invite you to dress up in your finest, bring your friends, and join us for Éigse CIM, A Gaela Event, an evening in support of traditional Irish music.
The Parting Glass: A tribute to Corky Kittelson, Feb 18
...in the style of the Cafe Extempore and Monday Night Square Dancing.
Not All Irish Were Catholics, Feb 17
10:30am -Noon in the EML. Learn what other religions were active in Ireland and where to find their records. Instructor: Audrey Leonard with the Irish Genealogical Society International. Write [email protected] to register.
Benefit for Birds of Prey, Feb 17
7pm.$15 at door. 17 and under $5.
An evening of learning about raptor initiatives and of live entertainment! Stay tuned!
Céilí Dance, Feb 17
7-10pm. $5 per person, $20 family maximum.
Traditional Irish folk dancing with live music from the Twin Cities Ceili Band. Dances taught and called, families welcome! Presented by the Irish Music and Dance Association.
Scotland's Dàimh in Concert, Feb 15
Taking their name from the Scottish Gaelic word for kinship, ‘Gaelic Supergroup’ Dàimh (pronounced dive) are a 5 piece band based in Lochaber in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland; an area as much renowned for its scenic beauty as for its rich musical and cultural heritage. Recent accolades include 2014’s award for the Best Folk Band in Europe at the prestigious Folkherbst competition in Germany and 2015's win of Folk Band of the Year at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards. In 2016, The Hebridean Sessions was nominated for Album of the Year, and Dàimh vocalist Ellen MacDonald was awarded Gaelic Singer of the Year by Scots Trad Music Awards.
Searson in Concert, Feb 11
Giving Canada’s old time sounds a renewal into modern roots. Seamlessly blending spirited fiddling, energetic dancing and gorgeous harmonies. A love of incorporating the Ottawa Valley style music with Celtic, East Coast, Scottish and various other styles can be heard throughout the Searson sisters' performance.
Poetry in Slow Motion study group, Feb 10
The next meeting of 'The Poetry in Slow Motion' study group is on Sat, Feb 10 at 11:00 am in the EML. The group is reading the hypnotically luminous section "The Wind in the Reeds" from The Collected Poetry of W.B. Yeats. This is a free event and is open to the public. If interested, please contact Patrick at [email protected] [Note: this group usually meets once a month on Saturday mornings.]
Celtic Christian Spirituality, Jan 30 - March 6
Learn about the origins of Celtic Christianity and the enduring and fascinating legacy of the Irish Saints in time for the feastdays of St. Brigid (February 1) and St. Patrick (March 17) in this 6 week course.
Introduction to the Course of Irish History, Jan 29 - March 19
With John Davenport. A survey class in Irish history for all levels of learners using the classic text, The Course of Irish History in its most recent edition[T.W. Moody and F.X. Martin (et. al.); New York: Rinehart, Roberts Publishers, 2012. 5th edition]. The class will take into account the various perspectives on Ireland's history in a non-ideological and fun manner.
Liam Miller's Dolmen Press: Making Thomas Kinsella's The Tain and John Montague's The Rough FIeld, Jan 27
From the 1950s and into the 1980s, Liam Miller played a central role in Irish graphic arts, Irish theatre, Irish Catholicism, and Irish poetry. Above, he and his Dolmen Press brought the parochial and backward parish of Irish publishing out of isolation and into international critical repute.
BRASS LASSIE combines traditional Scottish and Irish tunes, songs and styles with dazzling modern horn lines, featuring fiddles, flutes, pipes, concertina, step-dance, a powerful 4-piece brass section, and smart, joyous arrangements from top-notch jazz arrangers.
No sweat Irish!: Spoken Modern Irish, Jan 18 - March 22
With Tom Jeffers. Learn how to speak and write the Irish Gaelic language in a fun, relaxed, and innovative community environment using contemporary approaches to language acquisition. Incorporating conversation, songs, and games, this 10-week course takes the pressure and hard work out of Irish Gaelic and makes it an enjoyable and creative pursuit.
Where to look for obituaries, ship records, immigration records, naturalization records, clues to locations in Ireland, etc. We will also cover documentation as we go along. Be sure to bring your questions and/or problem areas for discussion. Join Audrey and continue your search for your ancestors.
The Irish History Book Club, Jan 17
The Irish History Book Club will meet on Wed, January 17 in the EML from 7:30-9:00 p.m. They are reading up to episode 50 in Jonathon Bardon's magnificent A History of Ireland in 250 Episodes. This free event is open to the public and all are welcome to attend and contribute to the group's conversations. Any questions can be directed to [email protected]