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RCC Celebrates Irish Heritage Month in March

RCC Celebrates Irish Heritage Month in March

2019 Robert Flynn Irish Heritage Festival - Crossroad Ceili

Robert Flynn Festival features Irish Coffee House, CrossRoads Ceili; benefits poverty relief agency

DATE: March 12, 2019

RAMAPO, N.Y. – The exuberance and vibrancy of Irish culture will take center stage this month, during the Robert Flynn Irish Heritage Festival at Rockland Community College. The festival features a pair of events filled with Irish music, song and dance – the popular Irish Coffee House on March 14 and the CrossRoads Ceili on March 27.

The festival honors the memory of Robert Flynn, whose friendship with the Kurz family was the catalyst for a generous gift from the Kurz Family Foundation in support of the annual celebration of all things Irish.

Irish Coffee House

Thursday, March 14, 2019
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Cultural Arts Center, Black Box Studio, Room 7100

Get ready for some good old-fashioned Irish sing-alongs, with poetry, readings and music. Everyone can bring their favorite Irish music and sing, dance and play during this open-mic event. There will also be a staged reading of Anne V. McGravie's one-act play, “Bags,” set in Northern Ireland during the period of conflict known as the “Troubles.” The reading will be followed by a talk-back session by the playwright.

Light refreshments will be served, including a wee bit of campus-safe Irish coffee. The event is free and open to the public.

CrossRoads Ceili

Wednesday, March 27
7 – 9:30 p.m.
Cultural Arts Center Theater

$10 minimum donation

Come join the celebration, hear the tunes, sing the songs and dances of Ireland past and present. Performing Arts faculty and students will be performing, and will be accompanied by the Bessie-nominated company Darrah Carr Dance, which has brought a bold new twist to Irish dance. The troupe's acclaimed performances draw from Irish music, step dance footwork and spatial patterns to create high-energy, rhythmically based work that is accessible to a broad audience. One of the featured performers of the Darrah Carr dancers is Trent Kowalik, a Tony Award winner and the original star of Broadway's “Billy Elliot.”

This year's festival commemorates the humanitarian service, philanthropy and contributions of Thomas J. Moran as an Irish-American. Mr. Moran, who passed away in August 2018, devoted many years of service and leadership to Concern Worldwide US, which is the beneficiary of proceeds from the event. Concern Worldwide is a global relief agency that works with the world's poorest people to transform their lives. Mr. Moran served as chairman of Concern Worldwide US, as well as chairman, president and CEO of the Mutual of America life insurance company.

Light refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the CrossRoads Ceili.

“The Robert Flynn Irish Heritage Festival embraces a sense of community,” said Patty Maloney-Titland, professor and chair of Performing Arts and co-chair of RCC's Irish Cultural Committee along with Maire Liberace, professor of Speech/Philosophy. “We have students of many different backgrounds at RCC. No matter what your heritage, everyone can celebrate Irish heritage, as well as help raise money and awareness for a truly worthwhile cause.”

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