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Irish Heritage

The Robert Flynn Irish Heritage Festival at Rockland Community College 2015-16

Celebrating a year of Irish Culture through music, dance, theater and exciting heritage presentations


All events are open to the public and free unless otherwise noted, and most include light refreshments. For more information please contact Rosemary Witte at 845-574-4471.

Additional exciting events and special tributes to be announced. Dates and times are subject to change.

October | November | December | February | March | April | June


Downloadable Events Flyer
College Committee
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Tuesday, October 20, 2015  •  12:30 - 1:30 pm
Cultural Arts Center, Black Box Studio, 7100

Meet the Artist: Artistic Director George Heslin is the founder of the Origin Theatre Company in New York. The not-for-profit theatre company offers American premiers to new and emerging European playwrights since its inception in 2002 and has produced several critically acclaimed productions.

Friday, October 30, 2015  •  3 - 4 pm
Cultural Arts Center, Black Box Studio, 7100

Irish Halloween (Samhain) party/presentation by SUNY Distinguished Professor Maire Liberace.

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Saturday, November 7, 2015  •  8 pm
Cultural Arts Theater

Great White American Teeth – A night of transatlantic comedy written and performed by professional artist, Fiona Walsh. What’s a young Irish girl to do when she lives in a tiny community, far away from the excitement of America that she desperately craves, not to mention the loveable Warren Beatty?  Aside from being kidnapped by space aliens (something she seriously considers), how can Fiona reach the amber waves of grain?

Thursday, November 19, 2015  •  9:30 - 11 am
Technology Center, Ellipse

Irish Business Entrepreneurial Summit – a panel of Irish business owners will discuss what it is like to be an Irish entrepreneur and what cultural factors influenced their achievements. Hosted by the Business department.

Thursday - Saturday, November 19-21, 2015  •  8 pm
Cultural Arts Theater

The Shadow of a Gunman by Sean O’Casey.
Performing Arts fall student production. $15 Adults; $12 Students & seniors.

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Thursday, December 3, 2015  •  12:30 - 2 pm
Technology Center, Ellipse

Irish Genealogy Seminar with Brian Conley
More than 80 million people worldwide and 36 million Americans claim Irish as their primary ethnicity. Tracing Irish heritage poses a challenge, however, due to the loss of a vast array of Irish census and parish records destroyed during the Irish Civil War in 1922. Join Brian Conley, a professional genealogist specializing in Irish records, as he provides strategies and best practices for finding your Irish roots. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop or tablet to navigate the online records together with our speaker.

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Thursday, February 25, 2016 (Snow date – 2/27)  •  7 - 9 pm
Cultural Arts Center Black Box Studio, 7100

In celebration of African American History Month, an award-winning documentary, Frederick Douglass and the White Negro, will be presented by Brian Fitzgerald. It tells the story of ex-slave, abolitionist, writer and politician Frederick Douglass and his escape to Ireland from America in the 1840s.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016  •  time & place TBD

The Art of Making Irish Tea & Irish Soda Bread, presented by Professor Josephine Coleman and the Hospitality department

Thursday, March 3, 2016  •  12:30 - 1:30 pm
Technology Center CETL, 8300

Can’t We All Just Get Along? Discussion led by Pam Floyd based on two short stories on Ireland Divided by William Trevor. They are Lost Ground and The Distant Past. Copies of the stories will be provided in advance to those who sign up for the discussion.

Sunday, March 13, 2016  •  7:00 pm
Cultural Arts Center Black Box Studio, 7100

Play Reading – The Weir, by Conor McPherson

Thursday, March 17, 2016  •  12:30 - 1:30 pm
Cultural Arts Center, Black Box Studio, 7100

Faculty/Staff & Student Irish Coffee House - Please join us for some good old fashioned Irish sing-along, poetry readings, and music. Bring your favorite Irish piece and sing, dance and play with this open-mic event. Light refreshments will include a wee little bit of campus-safe Irish coffee.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016  •  1:30 pm  •  By invitation only

Campus Fun & Learn. Storytelling and dancing with the children.

Thursday, March 31, 2016  •  7 - 9 pm 
Cultural Arts Theater

CrossRoads Ceili featuring Brian Conway, premier Irish-American fiddler.  He is well known in the Irish/Celtic community and has won numerous All-Ireland fiddling competitions.  Brian has been called one of the best fiddlers of his generation. Vendors will display in the Atrium.

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Thursday, April 7, 2016  •  12:30-1:30 pm
Cultural Arts Center, Black Box Studio, 7100

Gleasures’ Story presented by Ben Naylor

In 2011, Ben made an astounding and fortuitous discovery. Hidden in an elderly relative’s attic were hundreds of letters spanning the years 1897-1958; letters sent to his great-grandfather, Frank Gleasure in Massachusetts from Frank’s siblings and father in Listowel, County Kerry, Ireland. In addition to telling the family’s story of tragedy and perseverance, the letters paint a portrait of the town of Listowel during times of great change, labor conflict, revolution and poverty.

Thursday - Saturday, April 14-16, 2016  •  8 pm 
Sun. Apr. 17  •  2 pm
Cultural Arts Theater

Ragtime, written by Terrance McNally, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty. Performing Arts student Spring production. $15 Adults; $12 students & seniors.

Monday, April 18, 2016  •  7:30 pm
Cultural Arts Theater

George Heslin - 100th Anniversary of Ireland’s 1916 Rising

Postponed - TBA
The Shannon Rose, Ramsey, NJ

Kennedy’s Children by Robert Patrick – Off-campus presentation by alumni and staff. Fee: TBA

Saturday, April 30 - Sunday, May 1, 2016  •  8 pm
Penguin Repertory Theater, Stony Point

Performance at Penguin Rep Company
Fee: TBA

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Saturday-Sunday, June 11-12, 2016  •  8 pm
Cultural Arts Center, Black Box Studio, 7100

Lovers by Brian Friel
This presentation is in conjunction with local high school students and RCC alumni.

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Events funded by a generous gift from the Kurz Family Foundation,

RCC Student Activities Fees and Performing Arts

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