St Patrick’s Day event 2016

The Photographers Gallery 16–18 Ramillies Street, London W1F 7LW, London

The Irish Literary Society will be celebrating St Patrick's Day 2016 with a members' only event at two galleries and a lunch. Reserve your place by contacting the ILS Hon. Secretary: 11am - Tour and talk at Photographers' Gallery 12.30 - lunch 2pm - Tour and talk at Royal Society of Medicine We will be starting the day at ...

2016 Yeats Lecture – 24 Oct

The Embassy of Ireland 17 Grosvenor Pl, London , London

The Ambassador of Ireland Daniel Mulhall hosts the third Annual Yeats Lecture at the Embassy of Ireland with the Irish Literary Society. Following on from his highly praised television documentary on Yeats, the musician and activist Sir Bob Geldof talks about his appreciation of the great poet. Geldof argues that as a poet and statesman, at the vanguard of a ...

London Irish poetic tradition – 28 Nov

The Bloomsbury Hotel The Bloomsbury Hotel, 16-22 Great Russell Street, London

  The ILS teams up with RTÉ's Poetry Programme to reflect on the London-Irish poetic tradition. Presenter Rick O'Shea talks to the ILS President Bernard O'Donoghue, and Vice President Roy Foster about the work and reception of Irish poets in London and how the city shaped those writers and fed back into Irish culture. A recording of this event is now ...


Christmas by Candlelight

St George Hanover Square The Vestry, 2A Mill Street, London

Join our friends Irish Heritage for a seasonal selection of music and popular Christmas Carols together with readings from the ILS President Bernard O'Donoghue, ILS Vice President Roy Foster, Joe Lynam (BBC Business Correspondent) and BBC3 radio presenter Petroc Trelawny. Sinead O'Kelly, soprano from the London Oratory School Choir, joins with the organist Jonathan Beatty to provide the music. Presented ...

History of Modern Ireland – 12 July

The Embassy of Ireland 17 Grosvenor Pl, London , London

The Ambassador of Ireland Mr. Daniel Mulhall and Mrs. Greta Mulhall invite members of the ILS to the launch of ‘The Cambridge History of Modern Ireland' Edited by Eugenio F. Biagini and Mary E. Daly at the Embassy of Ireland on 12th July 2017 from 18.00 - 20.00. This event is open to ILS members only and tickets will be allocated by lottery. RSVP ...

William Trevor – 21 Sept

The Embassy of Ireland 17 Grosvenor Pl, London , London

EMBASSY OF IRELAND event - The Embassy of Ireland has kindly reserved a number of tickets for Irish Literary Society members for its celebration of the life and work of William Trevor. Please contact the Hon. Secretary for further details. The Ambassador of Ireland Mr. Adrian O’Neill, the Trevor family and Viking Books host an evening to celebrate the life ...

AGM – 11 June

Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith 5 Black’s Road Hammersmith

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, 11 June 2018, 7.30pm Location: Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith All current members of the Society are invited to attend and participate at the ILS AGM. The meeting is an opportunity for the Committee to report and be questioned on the performance of the Society, its plans and its financial situation. It is also an opportunity for members to ...

On the Pavement Grey: WB Yeats in Utopian Bedford Park – 19 Nov

The Embassy of Ireland 17 Grosvenor Pl, London , London

Lecture by Cahal Dallat with guests Ciarán Hinds and Anne-Marie Fyfe & launch of the WB Yeats Bedford Park Artwork Project   Nobel-prizewinning poet, WB Yeats, though much inspired by Irish legend, landscape and longing, spent two-thirds of his youth in London, the majority of that time in Chiswick's Bedford Park, the Utopian/aesthetic garden-suburb/artists'-colony whose diverse inhabitants fostered his literary talent and endeavours. Irish poet and literary critic, Cahal Dallat, has ...

Ciaran Carson celebration – 24 Feb

The Bloomsbury Hotel The Bloomsbury Hotel, 16-22 Great Russell Street, London

Irish was his cradle language, and his writing in English always had the verve and zest of a learned language. This was particularly true of his translations – of Merriman’s Cúirt an Mheán Oíche and the Táin, or Dante’s Inferno. As well as from Irish and Italian, he translated short poems from French and Spanish with great style and lucidity. ...


Christine Dwyer Hickey – POSTPONED

Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith 5 Black’s Road Hammersmith

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO CONCERNS ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS. WE WILL LOOK TO RESCHEDULE IN THE COMING MONTHS The Society is delighted to partner with the Dublin City Council for a second year to deliver an event on the Dublin One City One Book choice. This year's choice is Tatty by Christine Dwyer Hickey. Dublin One City One ...


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