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Whiskey Academy, Class 2

June 3 – Whiskey Academy Session #2 – The Power of Pot Still

Single. Pot. Still.

Three simple words that, together, indicate a truly special whiskey. But what is it that separates a single pot still whiskey from its cousins in the Irish Whiskey world? Join us on Friday, June 3rd to learn from the best, as George […]

June 3rd, 2022|Tags: , |

Maeve Higgins – Outrageous Women Series

June 2 – Outrageous Women Series – Maeve Higgins

Our Outrageous Women series continues with an evening with Maeve Higgins!

The writer and comedian Maeve Higgins returns to KC for an evening of comedy and storytelling from her brilliantly observed new book Tell Everyone On This Train I Love Them. Maeve’s work appears regularly in The New […]

June 2nd, 2022|Tags: , , |

Walking with Ghosts by Gabriel Byrne

Walking with Ghosts by Gabriel Byrne

As a young boy growing up in the outskirts of Dublin, Gabriel Byrne sought refuge in a world of imagination among the fields and hills near his home, at the edge of a rapidly encroaching city. Born to working class parents and the eldest of six children, he harbored a childhood […]

May 24th, 2022|Tags: , , |

Belfast Girls by Jaki McCarrick

Belfast Girls by Jaki McCarrick

Escaping the Irish famine in 1850 five young women seek passage on a ship to Australia. For many of the ‘orphan girls’ on board, the voyage offers a fresh start. But some girls find they cannot escape the memory of the lives they’ve left behind – and that the closer they get […]

April 26th, 2022|Tags: , , |

A Ghost in the Throat by Doireann Ní Ghríofa

A Ghost in the Throat by Doireann Ní Ghríofa

A true original. In this stunningly unusual prose debut, Doireann Ni Ghriofa sculpts essay and autofiction to explore inner life and the deep connection felt between two writers centuries apart. In the 1700s, an Irish noblewoman, on discovering her husband has been murdered, drinks handfuls of his blood […]

March 22nd, 2022|Tags: , , |

In the Shelter: Finding a Home in the World by Pádraig Ó Tuama

In the Shelter: Finding a Home in the World by Pádraig Ó Tuama

There’s an old Irish proverb: ‘It is in the shelter of each other that the people live’. In this book much-loved poet, storyteller, theologian and speaker Pádraig Ó Tuama applies ideas of shelter and welcome to journeys of life, using poetry, story, biblical reflection […]

February 22nd, 2022|Tags: , , |

Milkman by Anna Burns

Milkman by Anna Burns

In this unnamed city, to be interesting is dangerous. Middle sister, our protagonist, is busy attempting to keep her mother from discovering her maybe-boyfriend and to keep everyone in the dark about her encounter with Milkman. But when first brother-in-law sniffs out her struggle, and rumours start to swell, middle sister becomes ‘interesting’. […]

January 25th, 2022|Tags: , , |

The Story We Carry in Our Bones by Juliene Osborne-McKnight

The Story We Carry in Our Bones: Irish History for Americans by Juliene Osborne-McKnight

From 3800 B.C. to the twentieth century, this comprehensive history examines the course of Irish-Americans. Celtic legends, the evolution of Christianity, the coming of the Vikings, and the time of the Tudors are just some of the topics covered in these pages. Juilene […]

November 30th, 2021|Tags: , , |

The Guest List by Lucy Foley

The Guest List by Lucy Foley

A wedding celebration turns dark and deadly in this deliciously wicked and atmospheric thriller reminiscent of Agatha Christie from the New York Times bestselling author of The Hunting Party.

The bride – The plus one – The best man – The wedding planner – The bridesmaid – The body

On an island […]

October 26th, 2021|Tags: , , |

Apeirogon by Colum McCann

Apeirogon by Colum McCann

From the National Book Award–winning and bestselling author of Let the Great World Spin comes an epic novel rooted in the unlikely real-life friendship between two fathers.

Bassam Aramin is Palestinian. Rami Elhanan is Israeli. They inhabit a world of conflict that colors every aspect of their lives, from the roads they are […]

September 28th, 2021|Tags: , , |

Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney

Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney

Frances is a coolheaded and darkly observant young woman, vaguely pursuing a career in writing while studying in Dublin. Her best friend is the beautiful and endlessly self-possessed Bobbi. At a local poetry performance one night, they meet a well-known photographer, and as the girls are then gradually drawn into […]

August 24th, 2021|Tags: , , |

‘The Commitments’ film discussion

The Commitments (1991)

Jimmy Rabbitte aspires to manage the world’s greatest band, with only one music in mind: soul. By advertising for applicants in a newspaper and asking around to promising acquaintances, Jimmy holds auditions at his parents’ home and assembles a band together.

Director: Alan Parker
Starring: Robert Arkins, Johnny Murphy, Andrew Strong

You’ll watch the movie at […]

June 4th, 2020|Tags: , , |

‘The Secret of Kells’ film discussion

The Secret of Kells (2009)

Magic, fantasy, and Celtic mythology come together in a riot of color and detail that dazzle the eyes in a sweeping story about the power of imagination and faith to carry humanity through dark times. In a remote medieval outpost of Ireland, young Brendan embarks on a new life of adventure […]

May 28th, 2020|Tags: , , |

‘Brooklyn’ film discussion

Brooklyn (2015)

In this charming love story based on the best-selling novel, a young Irish immigrant (Saoirse Ronan) travels to New York City and is torn between two countries and two men.

Director: John Crowley
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen
Genres: Drama, Romance

You’ll watch the movie at home and then join Irish film expert Prof. Joan Fitzpatrick […]

May 21st, 2020|Tags: , , |