Ireland - New York (I.NY) festival takes place across Limerick this weekend

Monday, 2nd October 2017

University of Limerick is delighted to support I.NY, a new national Festival, based in Limerick City. Taking place over 11 days in October, I.NY explores and celebrates the deep and vibrant connection between Ireland and New York City. The festival invites artists, writers, musicians, educators, entrepreneurs and more to tell the story of how the Ireland New York relationship has impacted their personal, professional and creative lives. It invites the audience, from home and abroad, to share their own stories, hear those shared by others, and experience the broader Ireland New York story through a diverse programme of talks, film, music and gatherings.


A major highlight of the Festival, taking place in the University Concert Hall on Thursday 12 October, is an ‘In Conversation’ event between Dr. Jane O’Meara Sanders, founder of the Sanders Institute and senior political advisor to, and wife of, Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders, and Joseph O’Connor; award winning novelist and Frank McCourt Chair of Creative Writing in UL. Dr. O’Meara Sanders will discuss the 2016 Presidential election, the Sanders campaign and Institute, the Republican and Democratic rivals, and the current political climate in America. She will also discuss her own Irish heritage, her upbringing in 1950’s Brooklyn in an Irish-American home, and the influence of Irish art, music and literature on her life. Tickets are €18/16 and available here.


Joseph O’Connor will also appear the previous evening, joining Glen Hansard at The Lime Tree Theatre for a unique evening of conversation and performance. These two leading Irish artists will appear together for the first time, discussing the impact New York has had on their personal, professional and creative lives, and perform the songs and readings which reflect that influence
Dr. Jane Sanders will also participate the first I.NY Creative Education Symposium, produced in collaboration with UL, which takes place in the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance on Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 October. Speakers include UL President Des Fitzgerald, keynote Dermott Rowan (Managing director and co-owner of Orla Kiely), Trish Long (Vice President and General Manager of Walt Disney Studios, Ireland), Jean Butler (Director of the UCD Irish Dance Ensemble), Professor Sarah Moore, Professor Eoin Devereux, Dr. Michael Finneran and Dr. Grainne Hassett among many others. Tickets are €75/50 for 2-days and available here.


Other speakers and performers at this years festival include; Emmy award-winning TV & film producer Maura Kelly, designer Orla Kiely, former New York Consul General Tim O'Connor, Broadcasting legend Mícheál Ó'Muircheartaigh, GAA All-Stars Dara O'Cinneide and Diarmuid Lyng, David Bowie’s musical director Gerry Leonard, director of the New Yorker Festival Rhonda Sherman, Kathryn Lloyd of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum, and Qool DJ Marv, Mother and Sunday Times.

See www.thisisiny.com for all the details.