Weaving the traditions of Dance, Music, Art & Language

Celtic Junction Arts Center

Best Cultural Center in North America –IrishCentral, 2018

836 Prior Avenue, St. Paul, MN, 55104

A 501(c)(3) organization

St. Paul Irish Arts Week, April 21-30

Items in green are being held here at CJAC! 

Welcome to the second year of Irish Arts Week. In Irish mythology, the main deity, Daghdha owned a huge & inexhaustible cauldron ‘from which no company ever went away unsatisfied.’ With ten days of events, this Irish Fair of Minnesota program offers a similar mythic cauldron of activities. While this year’s principal highlight is the opening of the new Eoin McKiernan Library in the Celtic Junction Arts Center, we hope you will enjoy many other ‘sips’ from our cauldron as we continue to grow in scope.

Thank you,

Patrick O’Donnell
Arts Week Director

April 21: Reading by: Katie Donovan

7:30pm. Free. University of St. Thomas/John Roach Center

The 2017 Lawrence O’Shaughnessy Award for Poetry prize winner reads from her latest collection of poetry Off Duty.

April 22: Educational Workshops and Eoin McKiernan Library Grand Opening

1:00–9:00pm. Free. The Celtic Junction Arts Center


  • 1:00-1:50pm Cré na Cille/The Dirty Dust
    Panel on this classic Irish comic novel with Irish language teacher, Tom Jeffers.
  • 2:00–2:50pm The Irish Holy Wells of St. Brigid: Their Rituals, Physical Landscape, and Cultural Significance
    Art Historian, Clare Monardo, explores how Irish holy wells connect with a sacred landscape.
  • 3:00–3:50pm Irish-American Autobiography
    Jim Rogers, Director of the Center for Irish Studies, reads from his latest essay collection.

  • 4:00–4:50pm Finding my Father: The Eoin McKiernan Story
    Deirdre McKiernan Hetzler reads from her biography of her father explaining how she came to a greater understanding of this Irish-American scholar & cultural bridge-builder.
  • 6:00–9:00pm Welcome Reception and Grand Opening
    Reception for the Arts Week & launch/tours of the McKiernan Library, & sampling of gourmet Irish food. Lead Speaker: Ragnar Almqvist, Vice Consul, Consulate General of Ireland-Chicago.

April 23: Bus Tour of St. Paul and Children's Fair


  • 1:00–3:00pm Unholy Irish History Bus Tour of St. Paul
    Meet at the Celtic Junction Arts Center - $20 per person
    The early Irish of MN, the infamous, resourceful, innovative, oft-times criminal, but always creative Irish… right here in St. Paul. History of a sordid nature, the darker side in an earlier time where the Irish sought to make their way or turn a profit -- gangsters & hideaways, harlots & hounds. A jam-packed, two-hour romp through unique history aboard a 1950’s vintage bus with tour guide Teresa McCormick.Tickets available at http://bustour.bpt.me
  • 3:00–5:00pm Children’s Fair
    Free. The Celtic Junction Arts Center
    Dancing with O’Shea Irish Dance, music provided by The Center for Irish Music, art time with MN Feis, games, popcorn & juice with Irish Dance Parents Association. Facepainting with the Irish Music and Dance Association. Storytime and puppets in the Eoin McKiernan Library.

April 24: Irish-American Nationalism and 1917 

7:30pm. Free. The Celtic Junction Arts Center. 

Dr. Michael Doorley will examine the response of Irish-American nationalists to the First World War and their efforts to win American recognition for Irish independence after the War. Dr. Doorley is an Associate Lecturer in history and international relations with the Open University and the author of Irish American Diaspora Nationalism: The Friends of Irish Freedom, 1916—1935 (2005).

April 25: Older Than Ireland (film)

7:30pm. Free. Dubliner Pub.

Older Than Ireland is a landmark documentary that examines what it means to have lived one hundred years in Ireland, as seen through the eyes of its oldest citizens. Directed By: Alex Fegan. Presented in partnership with Celtic Journeys.

April 26: The Home Place: Brian Friel’s Ireland

7:30pm. Free. John Roach Center/University of St. Thomas.

Professor Anthony Roche addresses the rich and complex topic of ‘home’ in the writing of the great Irish playwright, Brian Friel, particularly in relation to family & place. This occasionally autobiographical lecture will include a section on Friel’s period at the Guthrie Theater in 1963. Dr. Roche is Professor Emeritus in the School of English, Drama and Film at University College Dublin. He is the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Brian Friel (2006) and the author of Brian Friel: Theatre and Politics (2012).

April 27: Adam Coolong Rebel Songs

7:30-10:00pm. Free. Cork’s Pub Embassy Suites in St. Paul.

Adam Coolong, of the Wild Colonial Bhoys,has been interested in Irish history and politics for most of his life. He has amassed a deep repertoire of political & rebel songs that he performs regularly. Adam and the Bhoys just returned from a USO tour of the Middle East performing their latest album Century.

April 28: Tom Dahill & the Pig’s Eye Ceili Band Fundraiser

7:30–9:30pm. $10 donation. The Celtic Junction Arts Center.

This fundraiser will take the Céili Band to the 2017 Midwest Fleadh Cheoil (music competition) in St. Louis. If they attain first or second place, they will travel on to compete in the 2017 Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Ennis, Co. Clare, Ireland in August.

April 29: Literary Reading, Photo Exhibit, Feis, and CD Launch


  • 1:00–2:00pm Literary Reading
    Free. The Celtic Junction Arts Center.
    Celtic Collaborative present a reading of new writing with Jessica Mork , Jacqueline Hesse, Erin Hart, Paddy O’Brien and other local writers in the Eoin McKiernan Library.
  • Noon–5:00pm Tom Dunn’s Irish of Minnesota photos exhibit
    Free. Two Locations: Lowertown, St. Paul: Studio 242 Northern Warehouse, 308 Prince Street Kelly’s Depot Bar & Grill 241 E Kellogg Blvd Saint Paul Art Crawl.
  • 8:00am–4:00pm Minneapolis Feis
    Free. Concordia University in St. Paul
    See Irish dancers show off their skills to live music.

  • 7:00-11:00pm The Northerly Gales Together CD Launch Party & Concert
    $5 admission. The Celtic Junction Arts Center.
    Join us for the CD launch party for the debut release from The Northerly Gales, featuring a mixture of original compositions & both modern & traditional Celtic & American covers and arrangements. Together was largely funded by TNG’s fans & supporters through a crowd-funding campaign, was produced by John Wright and TNG, and released through New Folk Records. Opening acts The Langer’s Ball and the Unwelcome Visitors.

April 30: Feis and Beltane Bonfire


  • 8:00am–4:00pm O’Shea Irish Dance Feis
    Free. Concordia University in St. Paul
    See Irish dancers from all over show off their skills.
  • 5:00–8:00pm Beltane Eve Bonfire
    Free. Newell Park.
    Celebrate the arrival of summer in ancient Irish fashion. Musicians and dancers welcome! All ages. Family friendly.