Irish American Heritage Museum

Irish American Heritage Museum The Mission of the Irish American Heritage Museum is to preserve and tell the story of the Irish people and their culture in America, inspiring indviduals to examine the importance of their own heritage as part of the American fabric.

June 27th, 1963: On the second day of his visit to Ireland, President Kennedy went to Wexford, ancestral home of the Ken...
06/27/2019
Dunganstown Tea Party

June 27th, 1963: On the second day of his visit to Ireland, President Kennedy went to Wexford, ancestral home of the Kennedys.

The television and radio coverage captured the excitement of the occasion and includes the speeches from New Ross and Wexford Town, where the president talked about his pride in his Irish heritage.

The Kennedy homestead in Dunganstown was to be one of the highlights of the visit. The president drank tea and cut a cake in the farmyard. The video clip attached is of the family reunion, where they drank a cup of tea for "all the Kennedys who went and all the Kennedys who stayed."

After leaving Wexford, President Kennedy returned to Dublin, where he attended a garden party in the rain at Áras an Uachtaráin.

https://www.rte.ie/archives/exhibitions/1722-john-f-kennedy/451625-dunganstown-tea-party/

Tea with President Kennedy at his ancestral farm in Dunganstown, Co. Wexford.

On June 27, 1862, the Irish 9th Massachusetts Infantry regiment of the Union Army was heavily engaged at the battle of G...
06/27/2019

On June 27, 1862, the Irish 9th Massachusetts Infantry regiment of the Union Army was heavily engaged at the battle of Gaines Mill, Virginia, during McClellan's Peninsula Campaign. Put into an exposed, forward position near the bridge over Powhite Creek, the regiment sustained heavy casualties while delaying the advance of A. P. Hill's division, allowing other Federal forces to improve their defenses. Among the Confederates attacking the 9th's position were the Irishmen of Company K, 1st South Carolina.

After pulling back to the main Federal line, the regiment would be hotly engaged again later in the day. Numerous attacks by Hill's Confederates were repulsed through the day, and the 9th would also help cover the retreat of their brigade. The 9th was one of the last regiments of the 5th Corps remaining on the field as Gen. Thomas Francis Meagher and his Irish Brigade rushed into line to relieve the beleaguered remnant of the brave Massachusetts regiment. Seeing the green flags of the Irish Brigade coming to the 9th's aid, Lt. Col. Patrick Guiney, who had been watching his regiment shrink in number all day, shook the hand of Meagher and exclaimed, "Thank God, we are saved." The 9th lost 82 killed and 167 wounded that day.

The picture shows Meagher and his Irish Brigade come to the relief of the 9th MA at Gaines Mill as depicted by Don Troiani in "Brothers of Ireland."

Very excited to see this play about a local ghost story by one of Albany's own. Starts tomorrow night at Siena College.
06/27/2019
Ghosts, madness explored in new play "The Lincoln Dress"

Very excited to see this play about a local ghost story by one of Albany's own. Starts tomorrow night at Siena College.

It is the most macabre and mythic dress in American political history, the satin gown 20-year-old Clara Harris of Albany wore to Ford's Theatre on April 14, 1865. Harris sat near President Abraham Lincoln the night he was assassinated, which left the presidential box drenched in blood."The Lincoln D...

06/26/2019
President John F Kennedy arriving in Dublin, Ireland, June 26th 1963

On June 26th 1963, John F. Kennedy landed at Dublin Airport for a whirlwind tour of Ireland. He was greeted by President Eamon de Valera and then gave a short speech. Over the next three days he visited Cork, Limerick, Galway, and his ancestral home in Wexford. We will upload daily to commemorate his trip.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MbSM_EvRNSI

John F. Kennedy arriving from Berlin, Germany on June 26th 1963 to Dublin, Ireland, where he makes brief remarks upon his arrival. He is welcomed by Presiden...

On June 25, 1870, Robert Erskine Childers, whose mother was from County Clare, was born in London. Childers was raised a...
06/25/2019

On June 25, 1870, Robert Erskine Childers, whose mother was from County Clare, was born in London. Childers was raised at the home of family members at Glendalough, County Wicklow. He was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge. After serving in the British army during the Boer War he became an Irish nationalist. In 1914, Childers smuggled German rifles into Ireland on his yacht, Asgard. Though he served as the principal secretary to Collins and Griffith at the Anglo-Irish Treaty negotiations, Childers opposed the treaty, supporting the anti-treaty forces during the Civil War. Childers was captured by Free Staters in November 1922 with a pistol shortly after the Free State had passed legislation making such possession a capital offence. Ironically, the revolver Childers possessed was a gift from a former comrade – Michael Collins, who led the Free State until his death in an ambush three months earlier. Childers was found guilty on November 19 and executed on November 24, during the tragic exchange of atrocities by the two sides. Before they shot him, Childers shook the hand of each member of his firing squad. Childer's son, also called Erskine, would one day be President of Ireland.

06/25/2019
Love Ireland

This looks fabulous - especially given the rain in Albany today! We should go!!

Ireland from above! Let's explore!

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06/25/2019

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Very excited to taste the new (or old) Heritage Brew "Red Ale" for the Irish American Heritage Museum that Roger and the...
06/24/2019

Very excited to taste the new (or old) Heritage Brew "Red Ale" for the Irish American Heritage Museum that Roger and the gang have ready for us tomorrow. Come and enjoy three other seasonal drinks, including a stout and a cider, as well as good food, a keepsake glass, and great "craic" as we discuss brewing and distilling among Irish immigrants in the area and the implications of the nascent IRS!! Food, Drink, and glass for $25. See you there - it'll be a great night at the Emporium Farm Brewery, 472 N Greenbush Rd, Rensselaer. 7pm.

06/23/2019

Beautiful version of "I'll Tell Me Ma" with Patrick Egan and Brian Conway live at the #irishamericanheritagemuseum now. 💖💖💖☘ #irishmusic

We're very excited to have Brian Conway and Pat Egan perform tonight at the Museum at 7.30pm. All-Ireland winning musici...
06/23/2019

We're very excited to have Brian Conway and Pat Egan perform tonight at the Museum at 7.30pm. All-Ireland winning musicians and we are in for a treat. #irishmusic #irishamericanheritagemuseum #comhaltasceoltóiríéireann $15 for members, $20 non-members.

On June 21, 1877, the last of the Molly Maguires were hanged in the Carbon County prison in Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania (k...
06/21/2019
The Molly Maguires

On June 21, 1877, the last of the Molly Maguires were hanged in the Carbon County prison in Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania (known today as Jim Thorpe). It was the largest mass execution of any group by the US federal government in history.
What took place back then, according to historian Harold Aurand, was "one of the most astounding surrenders of sovereignty in American history. A private corporation initiated the investigation through a private detective agency; a private police force arrested the alleged offenders; the coal company attorneys prosecuted them. The state only provided the courtroom and hangman.”

The New York Times, however, exulted in the deaths of the Irishmen:

“The lesson taught by the punishment of the Molly Maguires would have been shorn of much of its terror and impressiveness if the energetic and persistent efforts made in behalf of Kehoe, the reputed king of that organization, had resulted in rescuing him from the gallows. If they had even so far succeeded as to have caused his punishment to be commuted to imprisonment for life, the admonitory influence of his fate upon the murderous clan of whom he was the last surviving chief would have been greatly lessened, and the snake of Molly Maguire-ism, of which he was the forked tongue and fangs, might haply have been only scotched, not killed….”

http://www.theirishstory.com/2013/07/09/the-molly-maguires/#.XQ0MlohKhPY

On the latest edition of the Irish History Show on Near FM John Dorney and I, Cathal Brennan, were very pleased to be joined by Irish – American historian, author and poet John Kearns to discuss th…

Happy Solstice Everyone!! June 21st - the longest day of the year - is an important day in the Celtic calendar and this ...
06/21/2019
Celebrate the summer solstice the Irish way

Happy Solstice Everyone!! June 21st - the longest day of the year - is an important day in the Celtic calendar and this midsummer festival involved feasts and dancing as well as rituals of lighting bonfires, usually on hill tops to symbolize the sun being at its highest point. In the evening wheels of fire which were rolled down the hill to symbolize the sun’s eventual decent back into darkness with the nights become longer. Newgrange is probably the most famous example of the Solstice festivities, but Ireland is steeped in these ancient traditions.

Summer Solstice celebrations date back to ancient Ireland, over 5,000 years ago and it's still celebrated today! Here's how to mark the longest day of the year the Irish way. The Summer Solstice is celebrated across the globe for varying spiritual reasons. You may be most familiar with Stonehenge, a...

Join us tonight at the museum for interesting tales and songs about immigrant life in Troy and Albany. A unique insight ...
06/20/2019

Join us tonight at the museum for interesting tales and songs about immigrant life in Troy and Albany. A unique insight into the Capital Region's diverse cultural history. #irishamericanheritagemuseum #irishmusic

We are going to have Gorgonzola and Burgundy in his honor here at the museum tonight. A bowl of Dublin coddle would go d...
06/17/2019
Recipes inspired by James Joyce's Dublin for Bloomsday

We are going to have Gorgonzola and Burgundy in his honor here at the museum tonight. A bowl of Dublin coddle would go down well too - although that is too complicated to make here.

Throughout "Ulysses," food symbolizes sex, and its rituals are interwoven with culture, customs and values.

On this day in 1845, author, naturalist, and poet Emily Lawless was born in Lyons Castle, County Kildare. Her family was...
06/17/2019

On this day in 1845, author, naturalist, and poet Emily Lawless was born in Lyons Castle, County Kildare. Her family was part of the Anglo-Irish ascendancy, but some ancestors had fought with Sarsfield and became 'Wild Geese,' and her grandfather was imprisoned in the Tower of London for his United Irish sympathies. Emily was raised by her mother's family, the Kirwins, in Castlehacket, County Galway. This family history, and Emily's own childhood among the poor of western Ireland, where she learned Irish, affected her writing. Lawless wrote several works of prose, but she is perhaps best remembered for her patriotic poetry. Her 1902 book of poems, 'With the Wild Geese,' celebrates Ireland's exiled soldiers and includes 'After Aughrim' and 'Clare Coast.

Shall I pay the needed toll, just the purchase of a soul,
Heart and lips, faith and promises sever?
Six centuries of strain, six centuries of pain,
Six centuries cry, "Never!"
-- The decision faced by the Wild Geese, from "The Choice" by Emily Lawless.

The house itself has had a very interesting history, and is now a hotel. A duel took place at Lyons in 1815 subsequent to a speech made by Daniel O'Connell. He was challenged by John D'Esterre, a member of Dublin Corporation, who objected to O'Connell's description of the 'Corpo' being a 'beggarly corporation'. The expectation was that D'Esterre would kill O'Connell. However it was O'Connell who mortally wounded D'Esterre with a shot in the hip which lodged the bullet in D'Esterre's stomach.

“The ordinary is the proper domain of the artist,” said James Joyce once, “the extraordinary may be safely left to...
06/17/2019

“The ordinary is the proper domain of the artist,” said James Joyce once, “the extraordinary may be safely left to journalists.” This sentiment explains why he pursued the events of a single summer day in 1904 with a focus that changed world literature.

Come and hear extracts from this lauded and infamous book tonight at 7pm at the Irish American Heritage Museum.

06/16/2019

Poem for fathers - written for John B. Keane, writer of The Field and Big Maggie among other works, by his son Billy.

I am terribly proud of my father
Bitterly, faithfully proud.
Let none say a word to my father
Or mention his name out loud.
I adored his munificent blather
Since I was his catch-as-catch-can.
I am terribly proud of my father
For he was a loveable man.

Happy Father's Day to all the dads. (Especially mine!)

Forgotten Ireland
06/16/2019

Forgotten Ireland

Father's Day Poem 😥😪

In honor of Bloomsday tomorrow, here is a handy little guide. We will be performing extracts from the novel, and singing...
06/15/2019
10 Things You Never Knew about James Joyce’s Ulysses

In honor of Bloomsday tomorrow, here is a handy little guide. We will be performing extracts from the novel, and singing Dublin songs, at the Museum on Monday night at 7pm. All are welcome!

On the list of long, difficult books, Ulysses by James Joyce is easily in the top five. It’s one of those books everyone generally feels should be read, but may also be too intimidating to actually read. But it's not as hard to read as its reputation might imply—deeply compelling, even amusing, ...

Happy Birthday Yeats! "Come Away O Human Child..." What is your favorite Yeats' poem?
06/13/2019
On This Day: William Butler Yeats born in Dublin in 1865

Happy Birthday Yeats! "Come Away O Human Child..." What is your favorite Yeats' poem?

William Butler Yeats was born on June 13, 1865, in Dublin, Ireland. To mark the special day, we take a look at some of the Irish poet's best quotes.

Well, isn't this a turn up for the books?!
06/12/2019

Well, isn't this a turn up for the books?!

Boris Johnson on Gordon Brown becoming PM without an election.

RIP Philomena. Such a lovely lady and so proud of her son's legacy.
06/12/2019
Thin Lizzy’s Phil Lynott's mother has died

RIP Philomena. Such a lovely lady and so proud of her son's legacy.

Philomena Lynott, the devoted mother of Thin Lizzy’s frontman Phil Lynott, has died aged 88, having battled cancer for a number of years Hot Press confirmed the well-known Dublin figure’s sad death. Niall Stokes, the Editor of Hot Press, said “She was a formidable and brilliant woman”...

Robert Mulligan, Military Historian, will tell the stories of some Albany soldiers who fought in the Civil War through t...
06/11/2019

Robert Mulligan, Military Historian, will tell the stories of some Albany soldiers who fought in the Civil War through the letters they sent and received from home. A unique look at war from personal perspectives of those at the front and at home. 7pm at the Museum; refreshments served.

You'd need a good head for heights to be happy munching grass here!! Inismore in Co. Galway.
06/10/2019

You'd need a good head for heights to be happy munching grass here!! Inismore in Co. Galway.

Grazing cow on the cliff edge Inishmore.. Pic by Joern Petersen

Very interesting article about an ongoing tragedy. Join us tonight at the Museum for the book launch of Counterinsurgenc...
06/10/2019
Is Northern Ireland a democracy or a police state? | Susan McKay

Very interesting article about an ongoing tragedy. Join us tonight at the Museum for the book launch of Counterinsurgency and Collusion in Northern Ireland by Mark McGovern PhD. 7pm, all welcome.

Nobody has ever been tried for the 1994 Loughinisland massacre – but police arrested two journalists, says Irish journalist Susan McKay

06/09/2019
The Irish Post

A gourmet meal!!!

An Irish Delicacy!! 😍 😍

Great Hunger victims' remains were three children from Sligo. Their ship sank en route to Canada in 1847. Three of the b...
06/08/2019
Human remains on Canadian beach are Irish famine victims say scientists

Great Hunger victims' remains were three children from Sligo. Their ship sank en route to Canada in 1847. Three of the bodies washed up on Canadian beaches in 2011 and have been identified as two seven year old boys and an eleven year old boy. Their bones indicated severe malnutrition scientists said.

Canadian scientists have confirmed that the bones found washed up on a beach at Forillon National Park in Quebec in 2011 and 2016 are Irish Famine victims from the 1847 Carricks shipwreck.

06/07/2019
The Irish Post

The Irish Post

Liam Neeson turns 66 today 🎂 Such a soothing voice...

06/06/2019

Come to the Rambling House for traditional Irish music tonight! 7pm. All welcome.

06/06/2019

Exciting News!! We have FOUR tickets for the Yankees vs Houston Astros on June 22, 2019 at Yankee Stadium. The tickets are in Section 225 on the main level. Time starts at 7.15 p.m. Each ticket valued at $120. Call the museum at 518 427 1916 or message us here if you're interested.

Our friends at the Celtic Hall at 430 New Karner Road have a fantastic event on Saturday the 8th at 5.30pm, including a ...
06/06/2019

Our friends at the Celtic Hall at 430 New Karner Road have a fantastic event on Saturday the 8th at 5.30pm, including a short documentary about the Good Friday Agreement followed by a concert with traditional music by Doimnic Mac Giolla Bhríde, Winner of the Corn Uí Riada in the old (sean nos) Donegal style. $15 for members, $18 non-members.

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