Irish Studies Institute Events

Educational Offerings

Irish Language And Culture: 2/14 - 5/9

Multiple levels offered from true beginner to proficiency. Twelve-week term, $160 (discounts for children and seniors).

  • True Beginners and Level 2 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Level 3 and Level 4 at noon
  • Level 5 and 6 at 10:30 a.m.
  • Level 8 at 9 a.m.

Ancient Irish Genealogy: 6/2 - 7/21

8 week course; discover your roots. $200. Space is limited to 14 students.

Cultural Celebrations

2/7: St. Brigid's Day Festival - Celebration of Gaelic Culture, Hays Theatre 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Come celebrate the ancient Celtic feast of Imbolc (and St. Brigid's Day) with a feast of Gaelic culture. We'll have free, hands-on workshops in the morning for you and your children to learn more about traditional Gaelic culture followed by performances in the afternoon.

May Day Festival

5/2: The ancient Celtic feast of Beltaine on the Irish calendar signaled the approach of summer and evolved into the May Day celebrations still celebrated today. Join us for our own May Day celebration with Irish song, dance and festivities. Special guest appearance by Paddy Noonan who will be our a keynote storyteller/musician at a luncheon that day. $10/pp for lunch.

Irish History

3/1: Wogan family lecture with Tom Riley, The Orphan Trains

Over 273,000 children were sent by rail across America from NYC to be taken in by farm families and business people. It began in 1853 and lasted till 1929. The Great Hunger in Ireland was from 1845-1852. The Orphan Trains were a response to the Great Hunger as in the beginning most of the Orphans were of Irish ancestry.

Special Program

4/29: Ms. Barbara Jones, newly-appointed Consul General to New York

Barbara Jones was appointed to New York City in November of 2014. Please join us in welcoming her to the New York Metropolitan area and hear of her strategic initiatives as consul general. This program is being brought to you through the collaboration of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick Nassau County, Molloy's Irish Institute and the Nassau County Brehon Law Society. Molloy College Madison Theatre in the Public Square. 7 p.m.

For more information regarding any of the events listed below, contact Catherine Tully Muscente at 516.323.4710 or email