Past Events

Oct 13, 2018, 3:00 PM
Briege is a singer-songwriter from Armagh, who writes contemporary folk songs, and sings Irish traditional songs. She tells the story behind the song usually with a good dose of humor thrown in. For many years, she was a member of the local "Ring of Gullion" Comhaltas in my home village of Forkhill, in Co. Armagh. Her songs have been recorded by people like Niamh Parsons (e.g. songs Cloghinne Winds, Lappin), Frances Black and Aoife Scott (The Hills of South Armagh ), Rig the Jig, Don Stiffe, Anthony John Clarke, The Border Collies, Scold's Bridle, The Once (Canadian National folk award winners), Sue Matthews, Maryland, and many more around the globe. $10 for members, $15 for non-members. We are proud to be able to bring new musicians from Ireland for our community to hear!
Oct 12, 2018, 7:00 PM
Get ready for Hallowe'en and hear stories about things that go bump in the night!!! Samhain is the old Irish holiday and the origins of Hallowe'en have a decidedly Celtic flavour.
Oct 9, 2018, 7:00 PM
Irish authors have given us our most infamous vampric villains. Though canon says Dracula comes from Transylvania, we will argue that Drac is more Irish than Romanian! Join Maeve McEneny Johnson in a horror-filled examination of nineteenth century Dublin's Gothic writers. How does pagan folklore, Christian identity and Celtic pride, factor into the most famous bloodsuckers? Join us to find out! Authors Examined: Charles Maturin, Sheridan LeFanu, Bram Stoker and Oscar Wilde. Maeve McEneny Johnson was raised in an Irish Catholic household, Christened with a pagan name, has more books than clean t-shirts and she's been telling ghost stories since she was six years old. She has been a tour guide for the city of Albany for over 10 years and penned The Original Albany Ghost Tour, the first haunted tour about the city. She boasts a Master's degree in English from the University at Albany and currently works at the Discover Albany Visitor Center as their Education and Heritage Coordinator.
Oct 4, 2018, 7:00 PM
The popular and informative Carroll Lecture Series picks up again this fall at Skidmore College. Peter will discuss the transformation of the Irish economy during the 20th and 21st century. From an insular and isolated economy after World War II, Ireland was transformed because of the economic policies of T.K. Whitaker and membership in the EEC in 1973. Today, it is a hub for American and other computer and pharmaceutical industries. How did it happen, and what are the consequences it has had on the Irish economy? What will Brexit mean for Ireland as the Gateway to Europe?
Oct 1, 2018, 11:00 AM
Our re-scheduled Golf Tournament. The 19th Annual "Mostly Irish Classic" benefits the Irish American Heritage Museum, Albany, NY, and its educational programs. Now in its 32nd year of preserving & presenting Irish history, culture and influence throughout the Capital Region, the State, and the United States, the Museum's mission of public education tells of the contributions of the Irish in America. Our 2018 venue is the historic Mohawk Golf Club in Niskayuna, New York. So please join us for a good cause and a fine day of traditional Irish hospitality: good golf, fine food, stories, laughter, friendships and fundraising. Enjoy an all-inclusive day of great golf: shot-gun start, scramble format, lunch, complimentary selection of golf equipment gifts, free beverages on the course, complimentary "Adjustment Hour" that includes an Irish whiskey tasting, the Mohawk's Great Chef Dinner, fantastic raffle & auction items, & awards & prizes: Winning Foursome, Longest Drive, Closest-to-Pin, Hole-in-One, Putting Contest. For more information, sponsorship support, and registration please call the Irish American Heritage Museum (518) 427-1916 or email
Sep 30, 2018, 8:00 PM
Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games continues to thrill audiences around the globe with its intoxicating mix of dance and music that fuses the traditional with the contemporary in a classic tale that showcases the exceptional talent of the cast.
Sep 30, 2018, 5:00 PM
Join our Book Club and Knitting Circle. The Museum will host two different activities in the Fall and Winter. We will have a knitting and crochet class, where we will learn how to knit in the Aran Sweater tradition, knitting panels for a fabulous patchwork quilt. If you can "plain and purl" then you will be able to learn how to do these beautiful patterns. We also intend to host a book club which will start in October. Readers will take turns leading a session on the book of their choice. We will confirm the days we will meet when people sign up. Email the museum at to sign up for these fun activities.
Sep 26, 2018, 6:00 PM
Eating together is always a celebration! Join us at the CDIAA Hall on Ontario Street for a Harvest festival/Lughnasa dinner, with stories and other Celtic traditional fun. Dinner and Dessert provided. $15 per person. Email or call 518 427 1916 to confirm your seat. Celebrate the Taste and Traditions of Ancient Ireland!
Sep 23, 2018, 8:00 PM
Celtic Thunder live shows are known for dramatic effects via lighting and choreography as well as realistic Irish stage sets with authentic Irish instruments. The performances have dramatic solos, compelling ensembles, and comedic acts.
Sep 23, 2018, 2:30 PM
Please contact John Leonard at 518 573 2213 for tickets. Andy Cooney and the Irish Show Band, the Munro Brother Pipers and the Farrell School of Irish Dance will perform. Tickets cost $25.00 and the event is on at the CDIAA Hall, 375 Ontario Street, Albany.
Sep 20, 2018, 6:00 PM
Mary P. Corcoran, Professor of Sociology, Maynooth University and Fulbright/EPA Visiting Scholar. This is the decade of commemoration in Ireland marking the 1916 Rising, the transformative General Election of 1918, the War of Independence 1919-21 and the Civil War 1922-23. The commemorative process has engaged the nation in looking back and looking forward, evaluating both our past and our present. It is timely to reflect on where Ireland has ended up, 100 years after the publication of the Proclamation, almost 70 years since the country became a Republic in 1949, 45 years after we joined the European Union and 10 years after the economic crash. In this talk, Professor Corcoran will provide some sociological reflections on Irish modernity focusing in particular on key transformations that have occurred in everyday life, as well as noting important continuities with the past. The nature of Irish civil society will be explored particularly in the context of the 2015 Marriage Equality Referendum and the 2018 Eight Amendment campaigns.
Sep 15, 2018, 6:47 PM
The Albany Rowing Club will host the Annual Regatta at Jennings Landing starting at 12 noon. Come and watch our own Albany Rowing Club battle it out against the All Ireland Champion team, as well as crews from the Boyne Currach Project, Boston, Philadelphia, Annapolis, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, and New London. A great day out on the Hudson for all the family.
Sep 14, 2018, 7:00 PM
It's the perfect treat for the family adjusting to "Back to School!" Come hear our performers tell entertaining stories, rooted in the long Irish tradition. $25 family ticket.
Sep 6, 2018, 12:00 PM
"Bread or Blood:" The Great Hunger in an Irish Town. Elizabeth Stack, PhD, will discuss how the famine affected her home town of Listowel. The story is important not because it is exceptional, but because it represents the typical experience of many Irish towns at that time. $15 for lunch and the lecture. Please contact Paul Collins at to confirm you will attend.
Aug 29, 2018, 6:30 PM
Join us for a sunset cruise to round out the summer before "Back to School time!" The United Irish Societies of the Capital District and the Museum invite you to enjoy a leisurely sunset cruise, light snacks, and music provided by Rick Bedrosian. Rick is the leader of two world renowned bands- Hair Of The Dog (Irish) and Hey Jude (Beatlemania). You can expect to hear fun Celtic and Beatles songs, many sing alongs by other artists, original tunes and wonderful stories from his five decade career in the music business. There will be a cash bar on board. Please visit the Dutch Apple website to purchase tickets in advance for $35, or $45 on the day.
Aug 22, 2018, 11:00 AM
Celebrate Irish American Day at the Track, August 22nd (Travers Week) from 11a.m. to 5p.m.
Aug 14, 2018, 7:00 PM
The museum is currently displaying Greg's iconic Saratgoa series through August. Greg will discuss his work at a reception on August 14th at the museum. Greg Montgomery received his formal art training at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, where he studied painting and lithography, and at the College of St. Rose in Albany, New York where he studied seriography. Recently, Greg has taken watercolor master classes in Europe with the Australian watercolorist David K. Taylor. His clean colors, dynamic form, and unusual use of white space make his work unparalleled in the field of equestrian, sporting, and poster art. Greg's series of posters for the Travers Stakes race in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. is the longest running series by a single artist for a single event in racing history. Over the years, Greg's bold and striking images of the racing scene have steadily increased in popularity. Today, his posters and prints hang in public and private collections worldwide and in the permanent collection of the Library of Congress.
Jul 23, 2018, 7:00 AM
An all-inclusive day of great golf: shot-gun start, scramble format, lunch, complimentary selection of golf equipment gifts, free beverages on the course, complimentary “Adjustment Hour” that includes an Irish whiskey tasting, the Mohawk’s Great Chef Dinner, great raffle & auction items, & awards & prizes: Winning Foursome, Longest Drive, Closest-to-Pin, Hole-in-One, Putting Contest.
Jul 17, 2018, 1:00 PM
Join us for Irish American Heritage Night at the Joe! Go Valley Cats! Enjoy a pregame concert by popular local Irish band Hair of the Dog! Concert begins once gates open at 5pm.
Jul 12, 2018, 3:00 PM
Bo Smith, Sage College, will discuss the historical origins of the Orange Order July marching season, as well as recent controversies and compromises. This is intended to be a non-sectarian event, that will reflect the recent meeting between the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with the Orange Order Leadership.
Jun 30, 2018, 7:00 AM
We will exhibit a comic adaptation of a chapter from the 1922 edition of James Joyce's epic novel, Ulysses by Robert Berry. If you've always wanted to read Ulysses, but have been intimidated by its size and density, this is a great way in and is a great new way in its own right to experience literature. Berry is devoted to using "the visual aid of the graphic novel" to "foster understanding of public domain literary masterworks." He's clear to point out that Ulysses Seen isn't meant to replace Ulysses. Rather it's meant to be a visual companion to the original work. It uses the comic narrative to "cut through jungles of unfamiliar references" and to help readers "appreciate the subtlety and artistry" of Joyce's text. Original artwork in the form of bookmarks are available to buy.
Jun 20, 2018, 1:30 PM
Join the Museum for a presentation with the creators of Find Your Way Home. Jeff Strange and Jimmy Kelly will discuss their inspiration for this amazing musical, and their creative process. We will also discuss the historical context of World War I and mass immigration. Find out what it takes to get a musical on Broadway. This gem has been called the "Irish Fiddler on the Roof" and the creativity behind it is inspiring. Suggested Donation $5.
Jun 16, 2018, 3:00 PM
Have you always been intimidated by Joyce's "Ulysses?" Have no fear, this program will give you a great background and perspective to this literary masterpiece. There will be a number of selected passages read by numerous members of the Capital District that will help make "Ulysses" accessible to all! If you have ever been interested at all in Ulysses, this is the program to check out!! Our talented cast perform a condensed version of one of the most notable works in literature, and famous Dublin songs will round out the entertainment. $5 to members $10 non-members
Jun 13, 2018, 2:00 PM
Bloomsday is a celebration that takes place both in Dublin and around the world. It celebrates Thursday 16 June 1904, which is the day depicted in James Joyce's novel Ulysses. The day is named after Leopold Bloom, the central character in Ulysses. The novel follows the life and thoughts of Leopold Bloom and a host of other characters - real and fictional - from 8am on 16 June 1904 through to the early hours of the following morning. The evening begins at the Museum at 6pm and then will continue on a pub crawl in the area, where you'll receive one drink. You'll be regaled by extracts from the famous book and songs about Dublin! The Society is a charitable organization which raises awareness of Irish culture in New York State. The proceeds that are raised go towards many worthwhile programs state-wide, and with your support, it allows us to contribute to these cultural programs. Cost is $30.00
Jun 5, 2018, 3:00 PM
A roundtable discussion will be hosted by the Irish American Heritage Museum on "The Life and Legacy of Robert Francis Kennedy" on June 5 to mark the 50th anniversary of his assassination. While representing New York in the U.S. Senate and having just won California's Democratic presidential primary, Bobby Kennedy was gunned down June 5, 1968 at a Los Angeles campaign event. He died from his injuries the next day.
Jun 2, 2018, 2:00 PM
There can be no question that the main way Irish Americans honor their heritage is through song. On Saturday, June 2, from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH) Hall, 375 Ontario St., Albany, five well-known musical acts are offering their talents for a Hooley to raise money for the Irish American Heritage Museum. The performers include Kevin McKrell, Kilashandra, Jeff Strange, Jimmy Kelly and Don Kelly. We’re really honored that these fine musicians are performing this benefit for the museum, and that the CDIAA is hosting the event for us. Irish heritage is alive and well in the Capital Region, and we hope everyone turns out to sing along to the songs that remind us of our heritage. Come celebrate our heritage together!
May 16, 2018, 3:00 PM
The Tables Turned: Mass Immigration into Ireland by Peter Moloney at Union College
May 11, 2018, 3:00 PM
A great night of story-telling and music in the Irish tradition. A fun night for all the family!
Apr 13, 2018, 3:00 PM
The Luck of the Irish: The Good, The Bad and the Blarney. Mary Murphy and Nancy Marie Payne will share stories which amuse in the moment and give memories worth having.
Apr 10, 2018, 3:00 PM
The Good Friday Agreement, a framework for peace in Northern Ireland. Panel Discussion with Karen Sonnelitter, PhD, Jack McEneny, and Ed Collins.
Mar 17, 2018, 10:00 AM
Come walk with members and friends of the Irish American Heritage Museum, the Capital District Celtic Cultural Association (CDCCA) and for the first time in the history of the St. Patrick's Day Parade - a Kerry Cow!  We will be meeting at 12:45pm at the CDCCA at 430 New Karner Road, rather than at the AOH on Ontario, as in years past, to accommodate our 4-legged friend. 
Mar 17, 2018, 8:00 AM
There's still time to register to run in the inaugural Irish Sweat-er Run, just go to (Online registration closes at 10am, Friday, 3/16). Registered runners will receive "pots of gold" string bags with complimentary museum memberships, gift certificates, free beverage coupons and more, while supplies last. Bibs and bags can be picked up at the museum (370 Broadway, Albany) on Friday, 3/16 from 1-4pm. We will also offer "Day Of" registration from 10-11:30am.
Mar 17, 2018, 7:00 AM
The Irish American Heritage Museum will host the 4th Annual Family Festival at Academy Park at Academy Park and in Albany's City Hall on Saturday, March 17th from 11am-4pm. The festival is free and open to the public and will include food, crafts, music and dance performances. We have a full day of great entertainment planned in conjunction with Albany’s St. Patrick’s Day parade, which kicks off on Ontario St. and Central Avenue at 2pm. Some of these events will be held inside City Hall due to weather and ground conditions.
Mar 10, 2018, 5:00 AM
Save the date for this fun-filled day with Irish Soda Bread tasting, Irish Bowling demonstrations, Irish music and more. Register today using the Contest Entry Packet.
Feb 15, 2018, 2:00 PM
First of a six lecture series on Contemporary Ireland by Dr. Peter Molony to be held at Siena College in on February 15th at 7pm in the Lonnstrom Dining Hall (The Norm).
Feb 9, 2018, 2:00 PM
Seanachie Eves are evening events held at the museum on the second Friday of the month at 7pm. Come in to hear some wondeful storytelling and share your own stories.
Dec 8, 2017, 2:00 PM
Start the holiday season at the Irish American Heritage Museum on Friday, December 8 for a reading of the charming story, "A Child's Christmas in Wales," by Dylan Thomas. Enjoy holiday music, seasonal treats, and the nostalgia and humor of Dylan Thomas's memories of the Christmas' of his youth. Share your own holiday stories and sing along with a cast of dramatic readers including special guest reader Anne McCloy from CBS 6 WRGB, we look forward to a lovely evening.
Nov 29, 2017, 6:00 AM
Bring your questions and have Lisa help you find your answers!
Nov 18, 2017, 9:00 AM
John Fitzgerald and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy left an indelible mark on American history.
Nov 3, 2017, 2:00 PM
On behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Irish American Heritage Museum, we invite you to join us for the Annual Governor Hugh L. Carey Awards Gala, November 3rd, at 6 PM at The Desmond. We are honoring two of Irish America’s most respected and generous community leaders: CSEA President & AFL-CIO/AFSCME International Vice President Danny Donohue and Retired NYS Assemblymember & Albany Historian Jack McEneny. The Museum will also be recognizing Governor Carey’s Tax Commissioner, James Tully
Oct 26, 2017, 2:30 PM
Many of us know the story of the Irish laborers on the Erie Canal, but, as our current exhibit tells, the Irish story does not end there.