2019 Events

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A look ahead at what we have confirmed so far for 2019 with many more still to be added.  Any questions just let us know by emailing yorkirish@yahoo.com

Event: York Irish Archives Day
A taster from the everyday experiences of moving to, living and working in the City of York over the past 250 years. Find out more about the York Explore library’s historic records covering your area of York, the Irish in York or your ancestors who came to York from Ireland. This is an event that we ran a few years ago and was very popular. As places are limited please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to attend. £3 entry
Date: Thursday 24th January, 10.00am-12.00pm
Venue: York Explore Library, Museum Street
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Event: York Irish Traditional Session
Join us for our regular open traditional Irish music. All musicians welcome to join in!
Date: Saturday 26th January, 8.00pm
Venue: The Gillygate Pub
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Event: York Irish Talk Night: “Dev is King”: Eamon De Valera’s tour of Britain, 1948-1949
1949 was important (but often forgotten) year in Irish and British history, it was the year that Ireland officially became a Republic. However, it was an important year for the Irish community in Britain as Eamon De Valera embarked on his last major tour around England, Scotland and wales to, amongst other things, fly the anti-partition flag. This talk by York Irish Committee member and researcher, Jacob Murphy, will use the example of North-East England to show how De Valera’s visit to organise an array of Irish cultural events/celebrations in the 1950s which continue in the present day to bring together the Irish community throughout Britain.
Date: Tuesday 12th February, 7.30pm
Venue: Brigantes, Micklegate
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Event: Kathleen Loughnane and Catriona Cannon Harp Gig
Kathleen is highly regarded for her work in arranging traditional Irish dance tunes and airs for the harp, and also her research into the music of Irish harper composers of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In 1989, she co-founded the group Dordán, with whom she has toured extensively overseas and whose mix of Irish and baroque music has received wide acclaim. Kathleen was nominated in the Traditional Music category for the Meteor Awards in 2010. She has five CDs and accompanying books of harp arrangements, the most recent being Patrick O’Neill’s Manuscripts, funded by the Arts Council of Ireland. 
 
Catriona Cannon began learning the accordion and piano at a very early age before taking up the harp at the age of 11. Catriona graduated with first class honours from her BA in Music and Italian in 2008 at University College Cork. From 2004 to 2012 she played the harp with Irish reggae band Intinn with whom she toured extensively throughout Ireland and Europe winning the title of best Uk/Ireland reggae band in 2010 and supporting the likes of Skatalities and UB40. She has since recorded and performed with a number of musicians, over contemporary, experimental and traditional genres, including Laura Sheeran, Kathleen Loughnane, Holly Cook and Cian Finn. 
Tickets cost £5. Update: Now sold out!
Date: Wednesday 20th February, 7.30pm
Venue: Marriott Room, York Explore Library, Museum Street
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Event: York Irish Book Club
Our second book for the year is “Conversations with Friends” by Sally RooneyAll are welcome to join in the book club.
Date: Monday 4th March, 7.00pm
Venue: The Royal Oak, Goodramgate (Upstairs Function Room)
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Event: York Irish St. Patrick’s Festival 2019
Our flagship event, now in its 5th year. Join us for music, dancing, ceilidhs, facepaiting, a bar and much more in a marquee in St. Sampson’s Square.
Date: Saturday 16th March-Sunday 17th March, 11am-10pm on Saturday, 11am-5pm on Sunday
Venue: St. Sampsons Square
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Event: Dónal Clancy Gig
Dónal Clancy is regarded as one of Ireland’s finest guitarists. He is the son of the world renowned singer Liam Clancy of the Clancy Brothers and has since the death of his father focused his attention on the family repertoire of songs that he grew up with, while keeping the Clancy tradition alive with is solo performances.

In 2006 he released his first solo guitar album Close To Home which The Boston Globe dubbed “a sweet masterpiece of melodic grace and riveting groove”. In 2009 Dónal returned to live in Ireland with his wife Mary and their three children and in 2014, to much critical acclaim, he released Songs of a Roving Blade. The Irish Post awarded the album 5* calling it “folk singing at its best” and “a smashing album that should help to ensure these songs will never be lost” Tickets cost £10. Email yorkirish@yahoo.com to reserve your place
Date: Tuesday 26th March, 7.30pm
Venue: The Winning Post Function Room, Bishopthorpe Road
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Event: York Irish Talk Night: “No one likes us and we care -“loyalists and unionists in Northern Ireland”
The talk will present some of the findings of Dr Sophie Long’s doctoral research. What is a loyalist? Who are loyalists loyal to and is that static? Can you be a loyalist without being a unionist? What are the key relationships for loyalism and unionism? How does participation in violence shape all of this?

Sophie Long was awarded a PHD from Quenns University in Belfast in 2017 for a PHD on the recognition of experiences of loyalists during and after the peace process. Sophie completed an ethnographic study of the Progressive Unionist Party whilst a member-and served as Director of Communications for the Party. Contested an election in 2017. Now working in grantmaking, based in York, but making grants in Northern Ireland.
Date: Tuesday 9th April, 7.30pm
Venue: Brigantes, Micklegate
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Event: York Irish Traditional Session
Join us for our regular open traditional Irish music. Any musicians welcome to join in.
Date: Saturday 13th April, 8.00pm
Venue: The Gillygate Pub
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Event: York Irish Book Club
Our third book for the year is “Ladder to the Sky” by John Boyne. All are welcome to join in the book club.
Date: Monday 13th May, 7.00pm
Venue: The Royal Oak, Goodramgate (Upstairs Function Room)

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Event: York Irish Traditional Session
Our annual trad session at the City of York Folk Festival. 3 days of brilliant live folk music. We host the trad session on the first night of the Festival. All musicians welcome to join in.
Date: Friday 31st May, 8.00pm
Venue: Black Swan Inn, Peasholme Green
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Event: York Irish Talk Night
Author, Dr. Frances Finnegan will give a talk and relaunch her book “Poverty and Prejudice: Study of Irish immigrants in York – 1840-1875”. The book is the most referenced and seminal study on the history of the Irish in York over this period. £5 entry. Copies of the book will be available to purchase on the night.
Date: Tuesday 25th June, 6.30pm
Venue: York Explore Library
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Event: York Irish Book Club
Our fourth book for the year is “The Good People” by Hannah Kent All are welcome to join in the book club.
Date: Monday 1st July, 7.00pm
Venue: The Royal Oak, Goodramgate (Upstairs Function Room)
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Event: York Irish Family Fun Day
A nice social event and a chance to meet other families in the community in the wondeful setting of Rowntree Park (close to the café). There will be games and music. Just come along with a blanket and some picnic food.
Date: Saturday 20th July, 12pm-4pm
Venue: Rowntree Park
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Event: York Gaelic Football Sevens Tournament
The annual 7 a side tournament hosted by our Gaelic football team, York Eireannach, with teams from all over the UK and Ireland competing in both men’s and ladies competitions. A great day out for spectators and families also. 
Date: Saturday 24th August, 11am-4pm
Venue: York St. John Sports Complex, Haxby Road
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Event: York Irish Book Club
Our fifth book for the year is “Modern Gods” by Nick Laird. All are welcome to join in the book club.
Date: Monday 2nd September, 7.00pm
Venue: The Royal Oak, Goodramgate (Upstairs Function Room)
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Event: York Irish Quiz Night
Our annual table quiz night with prizes and a bar. £3 entry.
Date: Saturday 14th September, Doors open 7.00pm, quiz starts 7.30pm
Venue: Clements Hall
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Event: York Irish Book Club
Our last book for the year is “Skin Deep” by Liz Nugent. All are welcome to join in the book club.
Date: Monday 11th November, 7.00pm
Venue: The Royal Oak, Goodramgate (Upstairs Function Room)
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Event: York Irish Traditional Session
Our regular trad Irish music night All musicians welcome to join in.
Date: Saturday 16th November, 8.00pm
Venue: The Gillygate Pub
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Event: York Irish Christmas Party
Our annual York Irish Christmas Party. 3 course meal and live music. Tickets cost £25. Further details to be released later on in the year.
Date: Friday 13th December, 7.00pm
Venue: The Holiday Inn, Tadcaster Road