Being Irish in New York: Our (Mis)Understanding
Date : Thursday Oct 17
Venue : The Hunt Museum
Time: Doors at 5.30pm
Fintan O’Toole drew a hard response from the New York Irish on the publication of his Irish & New York Times article on White Irish Catholics in US Politics. In doing so, he prised open questions about our understanding, or maybe our mis-understanding, here at home, of the diversity, dynamism and intensity of the Irish experience in New York. I.NY gathers an expert panel to reflect and discuss that depth and breadth of experience, and tell us, as an Irish audience, a truer story of what it is to be Irish, or of Ireland, in New York.
Kate Hickey | Managing Editor at Irish Central, having joined the Irish American publication as Editor in 2010 while living in New York. Kate has also worked with The Irish Independent, The Irish Times, and New York Arts among others, and as spokesperson for the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform.
Miriam Nyhan Grey | A Wexford native and New York resident, Miriam is a historian, author, and Director of Graduate Studies, and Associate Director of the MA in Irish and Irish-American Studies in Glucksman Ireland House at NYU.
James Kennedy | An alumnus of St. Munchin’s College, and 20-year New York resident, James is the CEO of the Kennedy Murphy Group, and the Founder/Owner of Rugby Union New York
The Annie Moore Talks series is named for the 17-year old girl from Cork who was the first immigrant through Ellis Island when it opened on New Year’s Day in 1892. Immortalised on both Ellis Island and in Cobh, Co Cork, where bronze statues of her and her brothers look across the Atlantic to their future in New York and back to their past in Ireland, her story in America is now one of mystery and sometime controversy.
Adopting her name for the I.NY talks series places her as the first of tens of thousands of Irish immigrants to pass through that unique building and onto the streets of New York. Her name opens the series up to all of their stories – from art to politics, crime to religion, success and failure, life and death.
The 2019 Annie Moore Talks welcome speakers and panellists from Ireland and New York discussing music, heritage, literature, politics, sport, film and more.