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The Gaelic Quatrain -- Students, Sharpen Your Pencils

IRISH SOCIETY WRITING CONTEST

The Irish Cultural Society announces its annual writing contest for students in the 9th through 12th grades in the Nassau County high schools.  The…

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Added by John M. Walsh on January 23, 2017 at 6:00pm — 1 Comment

Happy 20th Anniversary!

Where would we who must keep current on things Irish be without The Wild Geese?  Gerry and Joe, founding fathers, have given to us all the gifts of Irish history, Irish culture, and Irish…

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Added by John M. Walsh on December 25, 2016 at 11:30am — 8 Comments

Easter Rising the Focus of Irish Cultural Society Writing Contest

The Irish Cultural Society has announced its annual writing contest for students in the 9th through 12th grades in Nassau County (NY) high schools.  The materials describing the contest have been mailed to the English Departments of…

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Added by John M. Walsh on January 16, 2016 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

The Irish in Baseball

Those attending the Irish Cultural Society meeting in the Garden City Library on September 10, 2014 now know how baseball got its term “pinch hitter.”  When John McGraw was asked why he signed the over-the-hill player Mike (Turkey Mike) Donlon to the team, McGraw explained that Turkey Mike was good in a…

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Added by John M. Walsh on September 14, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

James Joyce's 'A Painful Case' Comes to a Happy Conclusion

The Irish Cultural Society’s 2014 writing contest centered on James Joyce’s “A Painful Case” from Dubliners resulted in a happy Society which received 425 entries and a happy group of 36 high…

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Added by John M. Walsh on May 9, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Lost Laws of Ireland: The Brehon Laws

A casual observer may have thought the crystal chandelier in the parlor room of the American Irish Historical Society building on 5th Avenue gave off the brilliance in the room on…

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Added by John M. Walsh on May 2, 2014 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

The Kindness of Strangers

The names Moses Montefiore, Paul de Strzelecki, and Abdul Medjid Khan are not common Irish names, yet they are the names of some of the…

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Added by John M. Walsh on April 11, 2014 at 6:30pm — 4 Comments

County Cork Visits Garden City

COUNTY CORK VISITS GARDEN CITY

Kate Adams Nyhan looked remarkably vibrant for a woman born in Ireland in 1877 on the stage at the Garden City Library on February 12.  Channeling Kate was Eileen Cronin, Kate’s granddaughter,…

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Added by John M. Walsh on February 13, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Irish Cultural Society Writing Contest

The Irish Cultural Society announces its annual writing contest for students in the 9…

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Added by John M. Walsh on January 7, 2014 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

Seanchaí Jim Hawkins Creates the Christmas Spirit

If Christmas in Killarney is anything like Christmas in the Garden City Library, then Christmas in Killarney is a grand day.

Seanchai…

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Added by John M. Walsh on December 13, 2013 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

Irish Neighborhoods In NYC At The Irish Cultural Society Meeting

John Ridge Presents on Lost Irish Colonies of New York

John Ridge, premier researcher of Irish life in the New York metropolitan area, spoke about the discoveries he has made about Irish…

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Added by John M. Walsh on November 15, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Tribute to Seamus Heaney at Irish Cultural Society Meeting

She even calls her puppy Seamus. 

Linda Opyr began her tribute to Seamus Heaney with the story of her naming her new dog after the recently deceased Seamus Heaney, the Noble Prize Laureate in Literature in 1995, a native of Derry.  Dr. Linda Opyr presented her tribute to Heaney at the October 16…

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Added by John M. Walsh on October 18, 2013 at 7:00pm — 2 Comments

Hofstra Irish Studies Program Hosts Talk on 'Riders to the Sea'

Dr. Nicholas Grene, professor of English Literature at Trinity College, Dublin, lectured on J.M. Synge’s “Riders to the Sea” on September 17, 2013 at Hofstra University.  Dr. Grene’s host was the Irish Studies Program co-directed by Dr.Maureen…

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Added by John M. Walsh on September 19, 2013 at 6:00pm — 4 Comments

Remembering Ray Coyne, a Leader of Long Island's Irish

REMEMBERING RAY COYNE,

A LEADER FOR LI'S IRISH

When Ray Coyne died on July 2, 2013, the Irish Cultural Society of Garden City, NY lost one of its founders.  He and Sally were avid members of the audience at meetings.  Many of in…

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Added by John M. Walsh on August 18, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Irish Writing Contest Award Winners

Over 90 people attended the Award Ceremony on May 1 at the Garden City Library to honor the award winners of the Irish Cultural Society writing contest.  Thirty-five high school students from Nassau County, New York emerged as the winners in a contest which drew 521 entries from 18 schools.  The first, second and third place winners are posted on the web site of the Irish Cultural Society, www.irish-society.org.  The list of winners is below.…

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Added by John M. Walsh on May 8, 2013 at 8:40am — 1 Comment

IRISH CULTURAL SOCIETY WRITING CONTEST

WRITING CONTEST SPONSORED BY THE IRISH CULTURAL SOCIETY

 

The Irish Cultural Society will give cash awards to thirty five students who wrote winning contributions in its writing contest.  The awards ceremony will be held at the Garden City Library (across the street from the Garden City Hotel) on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.  At the meeting, three prize winning papers will be dramatized.   An expected outcome of the meeting is that the…

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Added by John M. Walsh on April 20, 2013 at 8:39am — No Comments

Recalling a Final, Bittersweet Trip Home to Monaghan

HOME TO IRELAND

(Frank McCaughey and his sisters Mary Beth and Anne brought their father’s remains home to Ireland last year.

Frank wrote about the experience and it is reprinted here with his permission.)

The…

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Added by John M. Walsh on April 1, 2013 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

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