Promoting Irish-American Culture
and Preserving Local Histories
Through Year-Round Programs

2006 3rd Annual Irish-American Crossroads Festival

March 1 – 11, 2006

MARCH 1st, 2006

An Evening of Resistance Music to Commemorate the 1981 Irish Hunger Strike

March 1, 2006 marked the 25th Anniversary of the beginning of the hunger strike that was a turning point in the struggle for Irish freedom and equality. Audiences joined us as local musicians honor the hunger strikers’ memory with a rich and moving tribute to their struggle.

Performing Musicians:

Pat Hamilton, Ben Hunter, Tony McMahon and Liam Tiernan of the legendary group, Barleycorn

MARCH 2nd, 2006

An Evening of music with Karen Casey and Flook

Co-produced by the United Irish Cultural Center and The Fresh Eire Festival

MARCH 3rd, 2006

The Irish-American Memoir: A conversation and reading with Irish-American memoir writers.

Maura Conlon-McIvor, She’s All Eyes: Memoirs of an Irish-American Daughter

Bridget Connolly, Forgetting Ireland: Uncovering a Family’s Secret History

Maureen Murdock, Unreliable Truth: On Memoir and Memory

Maureen Waters, Crossing Highbridge: A Memoir of Irish America

Moderated by Hillary Flynn

MARCH 5th, 2006

Poetry Night

Jack Foley, Letters/Lights—Words for Adelle, Gershwin, Adrift, Exiles, and with Ivan Argüelles, New Poetry from California: Dead/Requiem; Host, Cover to Cover on KPFA

Katherine Hastings, Director, WordTemple Poetry Series at Copperfield Books in Santa Rosa, and a widely published poet in many journals and anthologies.

Maureen Hurley, Falling to Sea Level, Klarlight; Cleveland Elementary School Arts Instructor

Chad Sweeney, Salt Plain and Other Stories, Co-Editor, Parthenon West Review; San Francisco Writers Corps teacher

Moderated by Liz Burke, Adjunct Faculty, John F. Kennedy University

MARCH 7th, 2006

25th Anniversary of The 1981 Hunger Strike: A Lasting Impact

Audiences joined us for a conversation about the events surrounding the Irish Hunger Strike of 1981 in Long Kesh prison and its powerful impact on the politics of Ireland and America down to the present day.

John Fogarty, Western Regional Representative, Irish American Unity Conference

Hon. Tom Hayden, Author, Activist, Educator

Bobby Lavery, Elected Representative to the Belfast City Council for 11 years for Sinn Féin

Bill Simmons, International Indian Treaty Council

Nadya Connolly Williams, Global Exchange Study Tour Coordinator for the north of Ireland, and other destinations

Moderated by: Daniel Cassidy, Co-Director, New College of California, Irish Studies Program

MARCH 8th, 2006

A Celebration of the Life of Peter Tamony

A night celebrating the life and work of a forgotten Irish-American folklorist from the old Mission District of San Francisco.

Karen Ellis, author, teacher and publisher of print and online media. Her work can be found at: Educational CyberPlayGround

Michael Corrigan, Confessions of a Shanty Irishman

Daniel Cassidy, Co-Director, New College of California Irish Studies Program

MARCH 9th, 2006

The Irish in the Sunset District

An exploration of the history of the Irish-American community of the Sunset District of San Francisco, featuring a variety of panelists including Anne Carew, Pat Maguire, Diarmuid Philpott, Bob Twomey, and Jeffrey M. Burns, the Archivist for the Archdiocese of San Francisco, as well as other members of the neighborhood.

Moderated by Margaret McPeake, (then) Co-Director, New College of California Irish Studies Program.

MARCH 11th, 2006

Tipsy House, Traditional Music Group

1:30–2:00 pm

Irish-Americans in Social Justice Movements

2:00–4:00 pm

The public was invited to join in a conversation about Irish-Americans in social justice movements.

Ellen Barry, prison rights activist, lawyer, organizer and 2005 Nobel Peace Prize nominee

Kevin Fagan, Award-winning San Francisco Chronicle Journalist

Sister Maureen Hally, RSM, Educator, Activist, Warrior Crone

Moderated by Hillary Flynn.