Celebrating Irish Culture in Queens

The history of the Irish in New York City dates back to the 19th century. Today, New York has the largest Irish-American population than any other city in the United States. In Queens, there are several neighborhoods with strong Irish communities like Maspeth, Woodside, Sunnyside, and Broad Channel, to name a few. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, here are a few family friendly events going on in Queens celebrating Irish culture.

An Afternoon of Irish Music 3/11/2011 2pm
Enjoy the musical styling of Ed Deacy as he sings and plays traditional Irish songs. Bring the family for a fun afternoon.
Seaside Library 116-15 Rockaway Beach Blvd.

Irish Music Concert 3/14/2011 6pm
The Shannon Breeze will be performing both traditional Irish music and pop songs by U2, the Wolfe Tones, and Saw Doctors.
Flushing Library 41-17 Main Street

Irish Fiddle Music 3/14/2011 6pm

Cady Finlayson and Vita Tanga will be playing typical Irish music on fiddles for your enjoyment. This is a great event for all ages.

Middle Village Library – 72-31 Metropolitan Avenue

Smiling Eyes: Irish Humor in Verse and Prose 3/15/2011 2pm
A fun afternoon filled with Irish literature being read aloud, including short stories and poems.
Hillcrest Library 187-05 Union Turnpike, Flushing

The New York Irish Center, a nonprofit organization that is a major resource for Irish Americans, offers Tin Whistle classes, a traditional Irish instrument, on Wednesdays at 5:30pm. They also have Céilí dancing and Irish dance lessons on Mondays from 6-10pm. For kids ages 8-12, the Irish center will also be offering a six week class in Irish Mythology starting on March 18th. Tuition for the class is $90, and includes all materials. The center is located at 10-40 Jackson Avenue in Long Island City. For more information on the Irish Center’s events, or for a list of services they provide, visit www.newyorkirishcenter.org.

If you’re looking for Irish products, or for traditional food for a St. Patrick’s Day dinner, visit the Butcher Block, located at 43-46 41st Street in Sunnyside. With a large selection of imported Irish products, and a delicious and authentic dinner menu that’s made fresh daily, this is a great place to go if you’re looking for a good meal, or if you’re Irish and missing your favorite products from home. Corned beef and cabbage, anyone?

The Irish culture is rich in tradition, both in Ireland and here in New York. St. Patrick’s Day is a great opportunity to learn more about it and to enjoy everything it has to offer.

Jesseca Stenson