Irish Culture

One of our main objectives at the Aisling Irish Community Center is to preserve and promote Irish culture and
“keep the tradition alive”.


IRISH DANCING

Irish Dance classes for children & teenagers are held at the center three days a week by Bridget Flynn, an accredited Irish dance teacher. The center has a spacious studio downstairs which is ideal for Irish dancing. Registration and payments are managed by the teacher. Bridget Flynn @ 1-914-588-9200

IRISH MUSIC AND SINGING
Dawn Doherty teaches music and singing lessons, and music therapy sessions here at the Aisling Irish Center . Dawn is an All-Ireland champion musician and Sean-nós singer. She has a BA degree and a master's degree in Music Therapy. Dawn is the founder of Echo Music Therapy, which was set up in Co. Mayo, working with children with special needs, including, Autism, ADD, ADHD, down syndrome, behavioral needs. She also has extensive experience in working with adults with Alzheimer's, dementia, neurological disabilities, Parkinson's, and MS. Dawn has extensive work experience working with children with Western care, and Enable Ireland, through her music therapy. Her references speak for themselves! She also offers a free consultation for people inquiring about music therapy. Music therapy group sessions are available and individual sessions depending on the needs of the client. Dawn also has over 10 years experience of playing for weddings in Ireland . She offers a huge repertoire, and offers professional advice for wedding ceremonies, including pieces sung “as Gaeilge”. Music and singing is tailored to meet the needs of the clients. Dawn has been teaching music and singing in Ireland for over 12 years. She continues to teach her Irish students here in NYC through Skype! We believe Dawn's music and singing classes, and music therapy sessions will fill up very fast, so book early to avoid disappointment.

You can read more about Dawn, and listen to her music and songs on her wonderful website: www.dawndohertymusic.com

Please call 914-882-6655 or e-mail dawndoherty2@gmail.com

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Irish language class for CHILDREN
The Center offers an Irish Language class for young children every Saturday morning at 10:00am. The course is taught by a qualified National School Teacher who has extensive experience in Gaelscoil Schools. These classes are of particular interest to families who may be planning on relocating to Ireland or to parents who would like their children to have a basic grasp of the the Irish language because of its importance in terms of the Irish culture.

NEW - Irish language conversation group for ADULTS (Beginners)
We will be starting a new group/class for adults who wish to learn the Irish language for conversation purposes. The class will take place every Tuesday evening at 7:00pm until 8:00pm.

Celtic Summer Camps
Each camp gives children a taste of all the various aspects of Irish culture and heritagein both an educational and recreational way. The summer camp is coordinated by a qualified National School Teacher and experienced camp coordinator. Please call the center if you want to register your child for any of the July and August Celtic Summer Camps.

Photographic Exhibition
We launched our first amateur photographic exhibition of Irish and New York landscapes in December 2013. The photographs were taken by amateur photographers and showcase iconic landscapes and landmarks throughout Ireland and New York State. Everybody is welcome to come into the center to view over seventy framed images which were chosen from over 800 entries submitted from people all over the world. Our front window features two of these stunning images representing “ Ireland by day, New York by night”.

GAA and other Irish Organizations
We work closely with the GAA and other Irish organizations in New York to ensure we are all striving collectively towards a common goal (cúl) to preserve and promote all aspects of Irish culture. We are delighted to facilitate GAA and other club meetings here at the Aisling Center in keeping with the ethos of a community center.

While Mem'ry Brings Us Back Again - Book and DVD
Both the book “While Mem'ry Brings Us Back Again” & documentary DVD ensure that this particular era of emigration (1920 - 1960) has secured its place in history. The book and Documentary DVD include beautiful old photographs and archival footage which will evoke fond memories for many people who immigrated to America during that particular era. While the participants spoke mostly of their new life in America, the pattern of their social life was directly identifiable with their strong sense of pride in their Irish culture. For the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of Irish born emigrants, it will provide a meaningful insight into the emotional journey experienced by their forefathers.

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