The ILHS presents a wide array of leading scholars and accomplished writers at our monthly Speaker Series events. These are held at the United Irish Cultural Center, 45th Avenue and Sloat Blvd., San Francisco, unless otherwise noted.
Sunday, September 24, 5:00pm – Lecture and panel discussion on the storied history and thriving Irish sport leagues of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), featuring incoming Irish Consul General Robert O’Driscoll and San Francisco GAA Chairman Bertie Penny, and scholar and league official Liam Reidy.
On Sunday, September 24 the ILHS will host a lecture and panel discussion on the storied history and thriving Irish sport leagues of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA), featuring San Francisco GAA Chairman Bertie Penny and scholar and league official Liam Reidy, with comments by the incoming Irish Consul General Robert O’Driscoll. The title of the program will be “Gaelic Games and the Irish-American Experience in San Francisco”.
Lecture: The lecture will highlight the history and growth of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) in Ireland and the local Irish-American experience by the emigrants who have played Gaelic games in the San Francisco area since the Gold Rush. The sporting life and history of Irish emigrants who played Gaelic games locally down through the years is an aspect of local Irish history that has rarely garnered any serious study. For the most part is has been neglected when you compare it to essays on the political, social, economic, religious history of the Irish in the city.
The lecture will focus on the organization of the GAA in Ireland and highlights of the evolution of the Gaelic games scene locally since the formation of the first hurling club in 1853, up to the present day.
Exhibition: An exhibition of both new and old memorabilia, showcasing the large photographic collection in the local GAA archives will also take place on the night. In addition, medals and cups from various eras will also be on display, donated by many local Gaels.
Sunday, October 29, 5:00pm – The ILHS presents, direct from the Irish stage, DUBLINERS DILEMMA, a one-man show adapted and performed by Declan Gorman, based on “Dubliners” by James Joyce.
Sunday, November 12, 5:00pm – NUI Galway Professor Emerita Micheline Sheehy Skeffington will speak on the US organizing activities and political legacy of her grandmother, Hanna Sheehy Skeffington, whose husband Francis was executed in the aftermath of the 1916 Easter Rising. Sheehy Skeffington was a co-founder of the Irish Women’s Franchise League in 1908 and determined advocate of the cause of Irish nationalism.