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academic year 2016-2017

IRISH STUDIES EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Seán ó Sé
Seán ó Sé

The Gaelic Roots Series at Boston College is pleased to present:

Seán Ó Sé: Saol Caite le hAmhráin agus Scéalta / A Life in Song and Story. A film by Matthew Allen


Thursday, September 15, 2016
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
BC's Theology & Ministry Library auditorium
117 Lake Street, on the Boston College Brighton campus

  
Seán Ó Sé’s long and illustrious career has touched all bases in the Irish music business spanning from his work in the 1960s in concert, radio, and recording with Seán Ó Riada and Ceoltóirí Chualann across to his many decades of musical performance and story telling in genres as diverse as variety concerts, céilí band, and cabaret. Seán’s musical life is explored within the contexts of his deep attachment to the Irish language, West Cork and Beara, and his passion for his career in teaching and education administration in Cork City. The film features live performances and interviews with longtime associates from the worlds of music and education. Produced by Matthew Allen, with the support of UCC School of Music and Theatre, Cork Film Centre, and Wheaton College MA, it was shown for the first time on TG4 (Irish-language television) on New Year’s Day 2016.

"To several generations of fans and followers of Irish traditional music & song Seán Ó Sé is a true musical Hero. Seán is, in every sense, a 'Living Legend'. His work with Seán Ó Riada and his groundbreaking ensemble Ceoltóirí Chualann in the 1960s was pivotal in helping re-define both the language and the landscape of Irish traditional music and song. In this documentary film producer & director Matthew Allen has, I believe, truly captured the essence of this giant of Irish music; this proud and charismatic carrier of the rich tradition of song (in both Irish and English), stories and folklore from the pre and post-Famine culture of his native place in the south west of Ireland. Seán Ó Sé's musical contribution to the tradition down the years has been enormous and he has shared his great gift with dignity, grace and with great generosity of spirit. Long may he continue to do so!" - P.J. Curtis - radio presenter, record producer, essayist and novelist, author of "Notes from the Heart: A Celebration of Traditional Irish Music". 

Gaelic Roots events are free and open to the public but please let us know if you plan to attend by registering at: 9/15/16 Gaelic Roots concert and film with Seán ó Sé and Matthew Allen

 

Matthew Allen film
1916: the Irish Rebellion
1916: the Irish Rebellion


Please join the Boston College Center for Irish Programs in collaboration with the University of Notre Dame Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies for a screening of the film: 1916: The Irish Rebellion.

The screening will be followed by a discussion of the film and a reception sponsored by the Irish Consulate. This event is free and open to the publc.

Monday, September 26, 2016, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Murray Function Room, Yawkey Center
Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA

Narrated by Liam Neeson, this landmark documentary tells the dramatic story of events that took place in Dublin during Easter Week 1916, when a small group of Irish rebels took on the might of the British Empire. The documentary – featuring a combination of rarely seen archival footage, new segments filmed on location worldwide, and interviews with leading international experts – also uncovers the untold story of the central role Irish Americans played in the lead-up to the rebellion. Although defeated militarily, the men and women of the Easter Rising would wring a moral victory from the jaws of defeat and inspire countless freedom struggles throughout the world – from Ireland to India.

An initiative of the Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies at the University of Notre Dame, this documentary tells the story of the 1916 Easter Rising in a comprehensive way and, for the first time, places these events in their proper historical, political, and cultural context as the precursor to an independent Irish state and the disintegration of colonial empires worldwide.

Please let us know if you plan to attend by registering at: 1916: the Irish Rebellion

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/offices/transportation/visitor.html

Len Graham and Brian Ó hAirt
Len Graham and Brian Ó hAirt


The Gaelic Roots Series at Boston College is pleased to present:

The music of Len Graham & Brian Ó hAirt

Thursday, October 20, 2016
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
BC's Theology & Ministry Library auditorium
117 Lake Street on the Boston College Brighton Campus


The music of Len Graham and Brian Ó hAirt, singers whose decade-old friendship bridges a generation or two, captures the magic of Irish traditional music in “The Raw Bar”.

Len, one of Ireland’s most renowned singers, has gained an international reputation, not only for his inimitable singing style but also for his comprehensive knowledge of Irish folk music.

Brian, an American-born singer, continues to gather repute for his ability to share the collective mind of an older generation with an intimate insight, gained in his youth, into Ireland’s singing traditions.

Their personal styles reflect origins from greatly disparate regions, Graham’s ballads from northeastern Ulster, and Ó hAirt’s lyrical sean-nós from the Irish-speaking regions of the West. Yet, through many seasons of collaboration, the two have distilled the best of these into a performance that weaves stories, songs, tunes and dance into “the one tradition.”  This is not a tradition that lends itself to the uninhibited humoring of a song, as mutual trust and attention are required to integrate two voices into one, especially the distinct vocal timbres of Graham and Ó hAirt. However, these fine artists have accomplished just that on their newest release, 'The Road Taken'.

Gaelic Roots events are free and open to the public but please let us know if you plan to attend by registering at: Oct. 20 Music of Len Graham & Brian Ó hAirt

 

Professor Ronan McDonald
Professor Ronan McDonald

The Boston College Irish Studies Program is pleased to welcome Professor Ronan McDonald, School of Humanities & Languages, University of New South Wales, Australia. Professor McDonald will deliver a talk entitled: 

"The Value of Beckett"

Thursday, October 27, 2016
4:45 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
Devlin Hall, Room 008


This event is free and open to the public but please do let us know if you plan to attend by registering at:  Oct. 27 lecture: "The Value of Beckett"

Professor Clair Wills
Professor Clair Wills

Please join the Irish Studies Program at Boston College for the 2017 Adele Dalsimer Memorial Lecture presented by Professor Clair Wills, Leonard L. Milberg '53 Chair of Irish Letters at Princeton University

"Digs and Lodging Houses: Literature, Ruins and Survival in Post-War Britain"

Thursday, February 23, 2017
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Devlin Hall, Room 101

This event is free & open to the public, but please do let us know if you plan to attend by registering at: 2017 Dalsimer Lecture



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Directions and Parking
Theology and Ministry Library Auditorium
Brighton Campus

When seeking directions from GPS or Google Maps, please reference 2101 Commonwealth Avenue to locate the entrance to the Brighton campus. Within the campus, turn left immediately after the second building (Cadigan Center). Make a quick right into the large parking lot in front of the Theology and Ministry Library. Free event parking is available directly in front of the Library. The auditorium entrance is on the ground floor. A map of the Boston College Brighton Campus is available at: /content/bc/a-z/maps/s-brighton.html

Visitor parking on the Chestnut Hill campus at Boston College is limited to the two on-campus garages. Please visit /offices/transportation/visitor.html for more detailed information. Limited street parking may be available. Observe posted signs. Google map link:
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Cadigan Alumni Center​
Brighton Campus

When seeking directions from GPS or google Maps, please reference 2101 Commonwealth Avenue to locate the entrance to the Brighton campus. After you enter the Brighton Campus from Commonwealth Avenue, the second left leads to a small parking lot in front of the Cadigan Alumni Center. Free event parking is available in the small lot and other adjacent areas. 

Walking/Public Transportation
The closest MBTA stop is Boston College station, the last stop on the “B" line.