This page is an on-going work in progress, so please check back periodically.   It has been created to allow interested users to gain a better understanding of Irish history and culture, plus resources in our area and online.


Additions or corrections may be submitted by using the Contact Us Page and indicating Irish Cultural Resources at the top of the message.  Here is the Contact Us Page .



Music History
Live Traditional Music Film - Drama
Dance Film - Comedy
Drama Irish Great Hunger Memorials
Literature Helene Murtha Dooley's Reading Suggestions for Children, Young Adults and Adults


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The Thistle & Shamrock Streaming Music Channel 

at or via the SomaFM app for iPhone and Android

A marvelous, listener-supported, commercial-free, non-stop 24/7 streaming music channel.  Curated by Fiona Ritchie, host of the award-winning, long-running NPR Radio music show “Thistle & Shamrock” which has been charming listeners for more than 35 years.  ThistleRadio explores new and classic sounds from Celtic roots and branches with rising and well-established artists. ThistleRadio was named Best Online Music Show: Country/Folk/Blues in the 2017 Online Radio Awards.


Enjoy listening to this unending stream of fine Celtic music on your computer, smart-phone or tablet via headphones or a bluetooth-connected speaker.   Apple iPhone/iPad apps are available.  ThistleRadio can also be savored via Sonos, AppleTV, Fire TV, Roku, Xbox and other home entertainment systems.  Details:


If you enjoy listening to this listener-supported, commercial free music channel, please consider making a donation at to keep ThistleRadio streaming and commercial-free.  FYI- also offers numerous other listener-supported, commercial-free streaming music channels including ambient, folk, Americana, dub, covers and other eclectic genres. 


Thistle & Shamrock  NPR Radio Show

The official online home of the Thistle & Shamrock, complete with links to prior broadcasts


WFUV Radio Irish Programs.   

90.7FM and streaming online at  WFUV.ORG

Listener-supported, commercial-free radio


The Thistle and Shamrock - Sunday 7AM - 8AM  


A Thousand Welcomes -  Sunday 8AM - 11AM   


Ceol na nGael (Music of the Irish) - Sunday 12noon - 4PM

Music, plus at 2PM live news and sports from Ireland   


Irish Traditional Music Archive - ITMA

Based in Dublin, Ireland, ITMA’s mission is to be the national public archive and resource centre for Irish traditional music, song and dance, and the globally-recognised specialist advisory agency to advance appreciation, knowledge, and the practice of Irish traditional music. 

Explore ITMA's incredible digital library for recorded music, videos, poetry, prose, manuscripts and scores. 

A recent addition to ITMA's collection is From the Bridge - A View of Irish Traditional Music in New York


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The Session: a community website dedicated to Irish traditional music.  Click here for sessions close to Eastchester.


MurphGuide: Traditional Irish Sessions in NYC


Some Local Traditional Music Sessions to Enjoy:  

(Please check with the venue to verify)


Dunne’s Pub       Wednesday  7:30 PM to 10:30 PM

15 Shapham Place, White Plains  

Led by Brian Conway, All-Ireland Fiddle Champion!


An Beal Bocht Café      Sundays 4PM

445 West 238th Street    Bronx, NY     

Plus many other fine musicians on other nights! 

Example: Mary Courtney – Friday 6PM

Note:  Mary Courtney, a wonderful musician, plays at other locations in the area.  Please click here for details and videos.  


The Irish Arts Center – NYC    Music, Dance, Drama, Literature, Classes and more.

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Hendry Sylverster McNamara School of Irish Dance    Eastchester, NY


The Irish Arts Center – NYC    Music, Dance, Drama, Literature, Classes and more.

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Irish Repertory Theatre    -    Irish Drama, New York Style

132 West 22nd Street, NY, NY    


The Irish Arts Center – NYC    Music, Dance, Drama, Literature, Classes and more.

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Irish Eclectic - a monthly column of informative and interesting articles about Irish history and culture written by Westchester resident Brian McGowan and published by The Examiner News, an online and print publication serving several northern Westchester communities.  Mr. McGowan adds to his column monthly, so check back often.


How the Irish Saved Civilization:

The Untold Story of Ireland's Heroic Role

From the Fall of Rome to the Rise of Medieval Europe

By Thomas Cahill


History of Ireland

By Desmond McGuire (large, coffee-table format, no longer in print)


Ancient Ireland

by Nick Constable  (large, coffee-table format)


The Celts

by Gerhard Herm

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Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir by Frank McCourt

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and other awards.  NY Times best seller.

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Michael Collins – 1996, Rated R

Historical biopic of Irish revolutionary Michael Collins. Starring Liam Neeson, Aidan Quinn and Julia Roberts.


The Irish Post’s Definitive Ranking of the Top 10 Best Films About Irish History Ever


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Waking Ned Devine – 1998, Rated PG


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also known as the The Great Famine and An Gorta Mór


Westchester County Great Hunger Memorial

V.E. Macy Park, Saw Mill River Rd, Elmsford, NY


Irish Hunger Memorial

Battery Park, Lower Manhattan, NYC


Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum

Plus other Irish-Relevant Exhibitions

Quinnipiac University, 3011 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT 


World-Wide List of Memorials to the Great Famine


Irish Commemorative Stone, Montreal, Canada


The Irish Great Hunger - Wikipedia Entry


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Librarian Helene R. Murtha Dooley, EdD. has created the following Irish cultural reading lists for children, young adults and adults. Helene was the 2016 Eastchester St. Patrick's Day Parade Grand Marshal.  There are 3 lists for Children:  Picture Books, Intermediate Picture Books and Chapter Books.  Hope you will enjoy and gain new insights!

Irish Reading Suggestions for Children, Young Adults and Adults. Created by Helene Murtha Dooley.
Adobe Acrobat document [137.6 KB]

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Hope all of the above resources have been helpful. 

Please check back again for updates.

Additions or corrections may be submitted

using the Contact Us Page and indicating

Irish Cultural Resources at the top of the message. 

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The 2024 Eastchester     

St. Patrick's Day Parade was on Sunday, March 10, 2024.


Our 2024 Grand Marshal was Mr. John Fix.


Our 2024 Parade Honorees were Patty George and

Billy George.


Look forward to seeing you in 2025!

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