Explore Ireland & Irish Culture in 2013 with Providence Public Library

A program series kicks off in February and culminates with an exciting travel opportunity

Providence Public Library (PPL), 150 Empire Street, Providence, invites Rhode Islanders to explore and learn all about Ireland and Irish Culture in 2013!   A special program series including Irish history, music, and dance will begin in February and culminate in October with an opportunity for travelers to visit Ireland on the popular Shades of Ireland Collette Vacations tour.  See tour info and a video here.

The Library’s Special Collections department will also be featuring items from its George W. Potter and Alfred M. Williams Memorial Collection on Irish Culture.  To visit PPL’S Special Collections to view particular items of interest in the Irish Collection, contact Special Collections librarian Jordan Goffin at 455-8021 or email him at jgoffin@provlib.org.

Learn all about Ireland and Irish Culture this winter with this FREE program series:

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16 — 1 - 2:30 pm

Learn about the SHADES OF IRELAND Tour — October 6 - 15, 2013

If you’ve thought about traveling to Ireland, then be sure to take in this presentation by Michael Zeigler of Collette Vacations. He will give an overview and slide show of the proposed 10-day Shades of Ireland tour, a true travelogue of Ireland, with highlights including:

Dublin ● Irish Evening ● Kilkenny ● Waterford Crystal ● Blarney Castle ● Jaunting Car Ride

Ring of Kerry ● Killarney Farm Visit ● Limerick Cliffs of Moher ● Galway ● Castle Stay

What’s more...your participation on this tour will benefit the Library, as Collette Vacations will donate $289 per traveler to Providence Public Library. For more information, contact Tonia at 455-8090.


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21 — 7:00 - 8:15 pm

“The Hero of the Siege of Londonderry, 1698?”

We welcome Providence College Professor of History Karen Holland for a talk on her research of the Siege of Derry using the Library’s Collection on Irish Culture.  Her presentation will highlight the materials and resources of the collection, as well as her visit to Derry in early January.


SUNDAY, MARCH 10 — 2:00 - 3:00 pm

A proud member of the North American Irish Dance Federation, The Kelly School of Irish Dance will bring their award-winning performance of both modern and traditional Irish step dancing to Providence Public Library!


SUNDAY, MARCH 10 — 3:30 - 4:30 pm

Join us for a lively and authentic program embracing Irish history and culture in story and song. Three well-known local musicians, Mary King, Phil Edmonds, and Dublin-bred Hughie Purcell bring Ireland to you!

Get complete program information at: www.provlib.org. |  Printable program.

Parking is available at the Providence Hilton Parking Garage, $3/3 hours. Bring your ticket with you for validation.